The wait is over as Woodstock producer and co-founder Michael Lang says there will be an official 50th celebration of the music’s most iconic festival. “This is the official announcement that Woodstock 50 is coming next August — August 16th through 18th. It will be in New York State at Watkins Glen. It’s a venue that’s ideal for this kind of event. It’s a thousand acres of greenfield with infrastructure and a musical history.”
The Watkins Glen International Speedway was the site for Summer Jam, which once received the Guinness Book of World Records entry for the “largest audience at a pop festival” when an estimated 600,000 showed up to see The Allman Brothers Band, The Band and The Grateful Dead perform on July 28th, 1973.
Ticket information and the initial line-up of more than 60 acts for Woodstock 50 will be announced next month, but Lang says it will be worth the wait.
This will be the fourth official Woodstock festival following the first one in 1969, the 25th anniversary celebration in 1994, and the 30th in 1999. But instead of Lang working with his original partners, he has teamed with the folks behind Bonnaroo and the Outside Lands festivals.
Like the three previous Woodstock festivals, the grounds of Watkins Glen will be available for camping, RVs, vans and more premium camping options.
For more details, go to Woodstock.com.