'Woodstock 50' Already Being Planned For 2019
Thursday, June 5, 2014
'Woodstock 50' Already Being Planned For 2019
Original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang is prepping a Woodstock 50 festival, according to Rolling Stone. Lang, who was on board for both the 1994 25th anniversary festival and the ill-fated 1999 30th annual revival, said, "I think we’re certainly done until the 50th, We’re starting to think about it now." Lang told the magazine that he is currently "exploring various locations."
Back in 2009, Lang planned to hold a Woodstock 40 festival in Brooklyn, New York's sprawling Prospect Park. It was then that Lang hit the first snag when he was unable to find a sponsor to cover the $8 to $10 million bill. Lang had hoped to push the festival back to late September to coincide with Climate Week to no avail.
Michael Lang tells us that one of the hardest things about choosing a musical lineup for the venerable festival is the expectation about who should be part of it: "The pressure that you get from the world is if it's Woodstock, it's Joe Cocker and Santana and the Who. And when people looked at '94, there was that bridge between the original and the one we did in '94, though most the talent in '94 was also contemporary. People sort of forget that in '69, that was extremely cutting-edge music and that's what Woodstock was about."
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