Woodstock festival celebrates 50 years since its first edition and there is a little confusion that came up when two festivals were announced to celebrate the five decades, because there are two festivals that will happen on the same dates and in close proximity.
The first of these is two festivals is the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, which will be held at the same venue as Woodstock 1969 to commemorate the brand but has no involvement with producer Michael Lang, one of the makers of the original party. This festival confirmed his first artist that will be Carlos Santana, that was in the first one made in 69.
The second is precisely the Lang Festival, which bears the name Woodstock 50 and will roll just under 200 miles from the first, also in New York state, in a venue that has hosted gigantic events in the past.
The 1969 festival
Woodstock was a music festival held on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City, between August 15–18, 1969, which attracted an audience of more than 400,000.
Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, it was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, 43 miles (70 km) southwest of Woodstock.
Over the sometimes rainy weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation. Rolling Stone listed it as number 19 of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
The event was captured in the Academy Award-winning 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock”, which commemorated the event and became a major hit for both Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Matthews Southern Comfort. Joni Mitchell said, “Woodstock was a spark of beauty” where half-a-million kids “saw that they were part of a greater organism”. In 2017, the festival site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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