Though none of the over 40 artists that Lang says are booked for the event have been announced, the organizer says that the three days will feature "an eclectic bill" with "hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival".
Being held over August 16-18 in Watkins Glen in NY - about 200km away from the original site of the '69 festival - the OG festival's co-creator Michael Lang has said that he's going to stick to the ethos and legacy of that first counter-culture event, and wants modern-day activism to be a big part of the 2019 event.More news: Eye patient injured after being prescribed erectile dysfunction cream by mistake
Last month, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the current owners of the field where the 1969 festival took place, announced it would mark the 50th anniversary with a "pan-generational event" on the same dates. "And that's a model that we're bringing back to this festival. Today we seem to be revisiting the same lessons we thought had been learned". And hopefully a lot of the bands will become part of this effort to get people to stand up and make themselves heard, to get and out vote.
Acts from the original Woodstock included legendary names like; Santana, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Who. The festival was documented in the 1970 film "Woodstock", which won an Oscar.More news: R. Kelly attorney on sexual abuse allegations
A slate of yet-to-be announced bands will perform on three main stages at Watkins Glen International racetrack in the Finger Lakes. "Having contemporary artists interpret that music would be a really interesting and exciting idea", he says.
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Watkins Glen has a larger crowd capacity and is some 150 miles distant from Bethel and about 250 miles north of New York City.