Update from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts: It should be made clear that any Bethel Woods event(s) as part of the anniversary year will not be produced, sponsored by or affiliated with Woodstock Ventures, LLC, the organizers of the 1969 Festival.
There have been rumors for years that Woodstock would return yet again after its infamous 1999 festival, but a 50th year celebration appears like it could be on the books for 2019. Michael Lang, one of the festival’s original promoters, describes “definite plans” for a 2019 event in a new report.
An official announcement is in the works and Lang promises it’s coming soon. “This is not a done deal yet,” he clarifies, “But it’s very close.”
“I’m excited. I am indeed,” he adds according to The Poughkeepsie Journal.
After co-creating the original Woodstock ’69 and two follow-ups in ’94 and ’99, Lang is reportedly bringing the iconic music festival back, possibly in Bethel, NY where the inaugural event took place. The original festival took place in Bethel from August 15 to August 18, 1969. 90’s Woodstock festivals were held in 1994 and 1999, with bands like Rage Against The Machine, Blind Melon, Bush, Porno for Pyros, and Limp Bizkit playing.
Festive Owl is reporting a rumor that in the spring of this year, a pitch was being made for a 2019 Woodstock festival with Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Logic, Chance The Rapper, Pink, Lorde, The Weeknd, Coldplay, Kesha, Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Eminem, Graham Nash, Neil Young, Santana, The Who, Phish, Joan Baez, Bon Jovi, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, and Chainsmokers proposed as artists to attempt to book. Artists being part of a pitch to be booked obviously is vastly different than any of these artists being on the verge of being booked, so the rumor should be taken with a grain of salt at this time.
LEAK — More info is emerging on a possible Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration(s?) including the possibility of a new event named 'Journey On': 6+ stages, 35,000+ people, Woodstock legends + more.
*This event remains UNCONFIRMED. Although official 50th teasers have started. pic.twitter.com/3PCOMU0tAh
— Festive Owl (@TheFestiveOwl) November 16, 2018