A new Woodstock Festival is being organized for this year, with one of the key players behind the original festival, producer Michael Lang, organizing the event. The New York Times reports that Woodstock 50, as it’s being called — it will take place almost exactly 50 years after the original event — is set for Aug. 16-18.
Lang was at the center of the “Woodstock” feature documentary that became a fixture of music and culture in the early 1970s. His anniversary show, which will take place in Watkins Glen, N.Y., has “ambitions to not only attract a huge multigenerational audience but to rally those fans around a message of social activism,” The Times reports.
The performers are still being booked, but the idea is to include legacy bands, current pop and rap artists and possibly some “news-making combinations.”
“But his vision for Woodstock’s 50th, he said, is clear: a large-scale camping weekend combining music with a program of films, speakers and partnerships with organizations like Head count, which registers young voters,” The Times reports.
Lang is quoted saying: “Coachella’s got its thing, as does Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. But I think they’re all missing an opportunity to make a difference in the world. They’re all perfect places for social engagement and for fostering ideas, and I think that’s lost.”
He added: “We want this to be more than just coming to a concert. And hopefully a lot of the bands will become part of this effort to get people to stand up and make themselves heard, to get and out vote. And if they don’t have a candidate that represents their feelings, to find one — or to run themselves.”