If you’re wondering whether the musical lineup for the upcoming Woodstock 50 festival will be anything like the one for the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, you can stop wondering: It’s not.
Variety was able to find out 20 of the artists ahead of any official announcement, and the list underscores that the times they have a-changed in the past 50 years. As Variety puts it, the lineup for the Aug. 16-18, 2019, event is “full of rock and hip-hop firepower and fewer nods to nostalgia than you might expect.”
The report cites sources close to the situation who say artists who have received firm offers have been wired payments and an official announcement on the lineup is imminent.
“Jay-Z, Dead & Co., Black Keys and Chance the Rapper are among the headliners — with two out of three nights speaking to hip-hop’s dominance 50 years after the 1969 event,” Variety reports. “Also slated to take part in the festival (all subject to change before anything is made official): The Raconteurs, Imagine Dragons, Run the Jewels, Gary Clark Jr., Cage the Elephant, the Killers, Greta Van Fleet, Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, Portugal the Man, Dawes, the Lumineers, Bishop Briggs, Pussy Riot, Courtney Barnett and Dorothy.”
Variety adds that Halsey, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae and Brandi Carlile are said to be finalizing their commitments.