Original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang has announced that the official 50th anniversary concert will be held in Central New York.
Lang announced Wednesday that "Woodstock 50," a three-day festival honoring the original 1969 event, will take place at Watkins Glen, located 80 miles outside of Syracuse, on Aug. 16, 17 and 18, 2019. Tickets will go on sale in February; prices have not been announced.
Performers have not been named, but Lang told Rolling Stone that over 40 artists have already been booked for three stages. The full lineup will be announced next month.
The festival will take place the same weekend as another, separate 50th anniversary celebration on the original Woodstock site at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Live Nation is sponsoring the "Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival" on Aug. 16-18, 2019, with a series of concerts, "TED-style talks," and a "We Are Golden" history exhibit at the Museum at Bethel Woods.
What will weigh with fans more? The Woodstock name or the original site? The lineup? The prices? The capacity? It's unclear how many can attend each venue, but an estimated 600,000 people saw The Band, Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead perform at Watkins Glen for Summer Jam in 1973.
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