Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival was originally designed as as a “new three-day festival of music, culture and community” with TED-style talks and special commemorative exhibits for fans to enjoy. The original joint-production will still go down with Live Nation and Bethel Woods Centre for the Arts – Woodstock 1969’s original venue – as three separate events over three days under the guise of “Anniversary Week”. The Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, and Edgar Winter with the Edgar Winter Band will also perform, with more acts to be announced.
Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang’s 50th anniversary event is still slated to go ahead at Watkins Park over the same August 16-18 weekend. Lang envisions “selling a maximum of around 100,000 three-day passes, with most attendees camping on site,” according to the New York Times. Lang perhaps predicted Bethel Woods’ downscale in his original statement regarding the unofficial festival.
“While the original site in Bethel remains close to our hearts, it no longer has the capacity to hold a real Woodstock Festival. I’m delighted that Bethel Woods is doing events in the coming year to celebrate what we brought to life in 1969,” Lang said in an official statement.
Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival will go down at Bethel Woods Centre for the Arts August 15-18. Feeling nostalgic for the festival you wish you went to? Check out Jefferson Airplane’s stomping ‘White Rabbit’ below.