Woodstock founder considering 50th anniversary festival for 2019

Michael Lang said he is 'starting to think about' an event to commemorate the 1969 festival

Woodstock festival founder Michael Lang has said that he is considering a 50th anniversary event, which would take place in 2019.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Lang said there would not be a 45th anniversary concert this year. However, he added that something could take place in 2019. “I think we’re certainly done until the 50th. We’re starting to think about it now,” he said. Lang told the magazine that he is currently looking into a number of prospective locations for the possible event.

The original Woodstock took place in Bethel, New York in 1969 and featured career-defining sets from Jimi Hendrix and The Who. Since then, organisers have held several anniversary festivals, with the last one in 1999. Notoriously, Woodstock 1999 descended into violence during sets by Limp Bizkit and Red Hot Chili Peppers. New York State Troopers and local police were forced to enter the festival grounds to quell rioting, and it was later reported that four people were raped during the event.

Speaking in 2009 about the possibility of a 40th anniversary event, Lang said that he didn’t think the failings of the 1999 festival would impact on any future events. “I think it always hearkens back to the ’69 event, somehow,” he said. “When people think [of Woodstock] they don’t think ’99 or ’94. They think [of] the ’69 event. I think [1999] has its ramifications, but I don’t think it did any real damage in that sense.”

The 1994 event saw the site turned into a mudbath due to adverse weather conditions. During Green Day‘s set the band famously started a mud fight with the crowd leading to a stage invasion which saw security mistaking the band’s Mike Dirnt for a fan and tackling him onstage, leading him to seek emergency dental treatment.