Two Festivals for Woodstock's 50th Anniversary?

January 10, 2019


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music & Arts Fair that brought in over 400,000 people to Max Yasgur's farm in  Bethel, NY for 3 days of peace, love and music.  If there was a moment in time I would want to travel to, it would be Woodstock.  I would have loved to have seen Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner", woken up to Jefferson Airplane performing at 8 am and of couse be able to witness the spellbinding Janis Joplin.

While we can't travel back in time, the festivites planned for this year's 50th anniversary have me tempted to do some road trippin'.  There of course will be a concert held at Bethel Wood's 15,000 seat amphitheatre (original Woodstock site) which is being put on by Live Nation, August 16-18.  Acts will be announced next month and will include "prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and decades". 

But then Woodstock co-founder and co-producer, Michael Lang announced he would be holding the "only authorized commemoration of the iconic 1969 festival."  And here's where I stop everything I'm doing to figure out how I'm going to attend.  Lang's event will be at Watkins Glen International Speedway (about a 2.5 hour drive from Buffalo) and held the same weekend as Bethel Woods concert event.  So far we know there will be around 60 bands, both new acts and performances that will pay tribute to the iconic Woodstock performances.  The lineup will be announced next month and I feel like there will definitely be some holograms!

I'll be looking forward to the lineups being announced and then start working on my travel plans!  In the meantime, you may want to watch Taking Woodstock or the Woodstock film/documentary to get into the spirit!

- Brandi