Woodstock festival returns for three-day 50th anniversary event

A couple attending the Woodstock Music Festival smiles while standing outside the shelter they've built during the concert, Bethel, NY, August 1969.

The world-renowned music festival is set to return this year in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary.

The summer of 1969 and the countercultural movement of the time was defined by the legendary Woodstock festival, which featured classic sets from artists Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and more. The event promoting peace and love is now considered the holy grail of music events, and many who were there look back on it nostalgically; those who weren’t can only imagine. At least that was the case up until now, as Woodstock 50 plans to recapture the essence of that historical moment for a new generation.

The original event took place at a farm in Bethel, New York, and while there will be an unofficial event taking place there, the reincarnation of the festival will take place at Watkins Glen, New York. Check out this exciting new Instagram reveal from organisers: 

 
 
 
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The bird of peace is back #Woodstock50☮❤

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Details are a little scarce as of yet, but Woodstock 50 is due to take place between 16 - 18 August 2019, and will plan to unveil sets from over sixty acts across three stages. Although none of the acts have yet been confirmed, we are told that we can expect some huge names coming together to celebrate this monumental anniversary of one of the greatest events in music history.

One of the original co-creators of Woodstock - Michael Lang - has spoken out about the festival to The New York Times, promising big acts and the festival’s agenda to truly make a difference. Be sure to check it out for more details, and keep tuned for line up announcements next month. In other festival news, be sure to check out the line up for 2000trees Festival here.