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Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival: Plans Revealed

The co-founder of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival has outlined plans for the 50th anniversary of the event.

Michael Lang is planning a “multi-generational” three-day concert from August 16-18, about 240km from the site of the original at Bethel Woods.

While specific acts haven’t been announced yet, Lang says that over 40 performers have been booked and even he’s admitted the bill will be nothing short of “eclectic”.

“It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival,” Lang recently told Rolling Stone.

Tribute performances to Janis Joplin, the Band, Jefferson Airplane and Joe Cocker, among others, will likely be included.

 “Having contemporary artists interpret that music would be a really interesting and exciting idea,” Land said.

Not just the music, but the aesthetic of the event is expected to be completely removed from the muddy fields of the original gig.

“There will be ‘glamping’ tents and stuff like that,” he said.

“There will be those types of experiences in various forms where there’s a real bed, and there’s a chair to sit in and a light bulb. There will also be easier access to portable toilets.”

The line-up is expected to be announced in February, when tix go on sale.

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