Jay-Z and The Killers confirmed as Woodstock 50 headliners as full line-up is confirmed

The eclectic bill features current acts and those that performed at the original Woodstock festival

Jay-Z and The Killers' Brandon Flowers

Jay-Z and The Killers have been confirmed as two of the headliners at this year’s Woodstock 50 anniversary festival, with the full stage line-up having now been announced.

The special event will take place in Watkins Glen, New York on August 16-18 and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival.

The eclectic line-up was first revealed on March 19, and features current acts as well as those who played at the festival in 1969. Joining the New York rapper and the Las Vegas band will be the likes of Run The Jewels, Vince Staples, The Raconteurs, Boygenius, Courtney Barnett and more.


A stage-by-stage breakdown of the full line-up has now been published by Woodstock, confirming that The Killers, Jay-Z and Dead & Company will headline The Peace Stage across the weekend. Miley Cyrus, The Black Keys and Imagine Dragons will top the bill on The Love Stage, while The Music Stage will see headline performances by the likes of Santana, Chance The Rapper and Halsey.

Woodstock 50 line-up poster

Reaction to the Woodstock line-up announcement earlier this month was mixed among music fans, with both praise and criticism coming in for the festival organisers.

Speaking to the New York Times, Woodstock co-founder and co-producer Michael Lang said of this year’s festival: “We want this to be more than just coming to a concert. 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. And if they don’t have a candidate that represents their feelings, to find one -or to run themselves.”


The festival will not take place on the original Woodstock site, with the town of Bethel organising its own celebratory event on the same weekend. That bill includes the likes of Ringo Starr, Arlo Guthrie, and Santana.

The first edition of Woodstock attracted around 400,000 people, who witnessed iconic sets from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, and Sly And The Family Stone. Two further editions were held in 1994 and 1999.