Woodstock Creator Reveals Why 2019 Announcement Isn’t ‘Real’ Festival


A concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock at the original location it was held was recently announced for August 16-18, 2019. The announcement said, “Together with Live Nation Concerts and INVNT we are joining forces to produce Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival: Celebrating the golden anniversary at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival! This pan-generational cultural event will feature live music, TED-style talks and special exhibits.”

Alternative Nation has been sent a statement by Michael Lang, the co-creator of Woodstock, who says the ‘real’ Woodstock 50th anniversary show will soon be announced, and that the Bethwel Woods Music and Culture Festival is not actually the real 2019 Woodstock festival, and has nothing to do with Woodstock Ventures, LLC.

Michael Lang, Producer and co-creator of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, is producing the official anniversary, but not at Bethel Woods.

“While the original site in Bethel remains close to our hearts, it no longer has the capacity to hold a real Woodstock Festival. I’m delighted that Bethel Woods is doing events in the coming year to celebrate what we brought to life in 1969 and I encourage people to visit the Museum and concert venue.”

In the next few weeks Lang will shortly be announcing his plans for the real Woodstock 50th Festival to bring back the much needed spirit and energy of the 1969 original.

Festive Owl reported earlier this year 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. It also appears that this rumor may be tied to the Bethwel Woods concert, and not Michael Lang’s official Woodstock festival that is in the works.