Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Bethel Announces Festival
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts announced a three-day music festival in 2019. Bethel Woods is the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. The cultural center's announcement comes a month after original Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang confirmed to the Poughkeepsie Journal that a 50th-anniversary music festival was in the works. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and Lang's Woodstock Ventures are not affiliated and a venue for Lang's festival has not been announced yet.
Bethel partnered with Live Nation and marketing agency IVNT to announce the event titled "Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival: Celebrating the golden anniversary at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival."
A press release issued Thursday by Bethel Woods described the festival as a hybrid musical and community event, featuring performances from artists "spanning multiple genres and decades," as well as TED-style talks. Multiple entertainment villages and performance areas will be established on the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts grounds during the festival.
An artist line-up has not been released for either the Bethel Woods' festival or Lang's.
TELL US: Do you think the two festivals will compete for artists and concertgoers or will the pair of events only serve to enhance the legacy of the Woodstock Festival during its 50th anniversary?