50th anniversary Woodstock festival to take place on original site

Musical performers and TED-style talks are promised

A Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival will take place next year on the same site where the iconic festivities took place in 1969.

The original Woodstock was held on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York from August 15-18, 1969 with sets from Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead and Sly and The Family Stone.

The town of Bethel is now planning the celebratory event, which will take place across three days from August 16th – 18th, 2019.


‘Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival: Celebrating the golden anniversary at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival’ will feature musical performers as well as TED-style talks. The line-up is yet to be announced.

“This pan-generational music, culture, and community event will be held at BWCA just 90 minutes from New York City,” the announcement reads.

“These three days of memorable experiences will include live performances from prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and decades, and TED-style talks from leading futurists and retro-tech experts.

“Festival goers will also be able to visit the Museum at Bethel Woods, which tells the story of the 1960s through immersive media, interactive engagements, and artifacts from the 1969 festival, as well as experience the special 2019 exhibit We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for an Aquarian Future.”

Speaking in a statement, Darlene Fedun, CEO of Bethel Woods, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Live Nation and INVNT to produce Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival. Fifty years ago, people gathered peacefully on our site inspired to change the world through music. As the stewards of this historic site, we remain committed to preserving this rich history and spirit, and to educating and inspiring new generations to contribute positively to the world through music, culture, and community.”

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