Metallica have been confirmed as headliners at Woodstock 99, the massive festival in Wiener-Neustadt near Vienna, Austria on July 16 to 18.
Billed as a One World festival, the show is supposed to attract fans from all over Europe, recreating the spirit of the original Woodstock festival at Max Yasgur‘s farm in upstate New York 30 years ago.
The following week the whole bill will play at a site yet to be announced in the USA.
Organised by one of the original Woodstock organisers Michael Lang – who was also behind the 1994 mudfest in New York – the festival is supposed to “symbolise freedom, individuality and independence of thought.”
Joni Mitchell wrote of the original festival “We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden”.
To be fair, she wasn’t actually there and didn’t join the half a million other children of God who brought plenty of dope and acid but no food, drinking water or toilet paper to Bethel, New York. The site was declared a disaster area after the rain turned the whole field into a quagmire. Yet the gathering was hailed as a new kiond of community where people could come together in peace and harmony and cooperation. The dream went sour a few months later on the West Coast when the Hells Angels ran amok at Altamont Speedway, beating up Marty Balin from the Jefferson Airplane and murdering a young black man.
The 1994 festival in New York recreated the mudbath of the original, though none of the idealism, however misplaced.
This time organisers hope to run a well organised festival that doesn’t degenerate into a sea of mud and litter or a free for all.
The 1969 festival had Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & The Fish and Canned Heat amongst the stream of acts over the three days.
Apart from Metallica, the acts announced for Woodstock 99 so far are Iggy Pop, Skunk Anansie, Faithless (pictured) and various Euro acts including Turkey’s most famous rock star Sezen Aksu.
Meanwhile, Metallica have announced a series of European tour dates in the run up to Woodstock.
Germany Nuremburg Rock Im Park (May 21, 22) Holland Eindhoven Dynamo Festival (23) Czech Republic Prague Strahov Stadium (25) Germany Berlin Waldbuhne (26) Poland Warsaw Gwardia Stadium (June 1) Hungary Budapest Margaret island (3) Croatia Zagreb Radnik Stadium (7) Romania Bucharest National Stadium (9) Bulgaria Sofia Akademik Stadium (11) Switzerland St Gallen Open Air (25) Denmark Roskilde Festival (July 1) Finland Turku Festival (2) Belgium Wercheter Festival (3) France Eurockeenes De Belford (8)
The band will play with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on April 21 and 22 before going off to play South and Central American dates.
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