This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Woodstock music festival in Bethel, New York, in 1969. And there’s going to be an official anniversary festival this year, held in the fields around the Watkins Glen International racetrack.
It’s about a three-hour drive west from the site of the first festival, but one of the original producers, Michael Lang, believes that people will make the trek out to attend, reports the New York Times. It will take place from Aug. 16 to 18 and will focus on social activism. As NYT notes:
[H]is vision for Woodstock’s 50th, he said, is clear: a large-scale camping weekend combining music with a program of films, speakers and partnerships with organizations like Head count, which registers young voters.
It’s unclear who is playing at Woodstock 50, but Lang says he wants to sell about 100,000 three-day passes max, with most people camping out onsite. He didn’t mentioned how much these passes would cost.
For any event organizers reading this post, this is my official petition to invite Smash Mouth, Limp Bizkit and Avril Lavigne. And I pray that it won’t be a repeat of Woodstock ‘99.