Woodstock Festival Is Making A Groovy Return In 2019
If you missed the iconic music festival back in 1969 -- next year is your big chance to soak up some psychedelic sounds.
The Woodstock Music and Culture Festival is returning to its original site for the event's 50th anniversary, at the hallowed grounds of Bethel Woods in upstate New York.
Woodstock first took place during the summer of love and the enviable lineup included musical legends like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills Nash & Young.
Over 400,000 revellers attended the 1969 event, which has become renowned as a positively Bacchanalian celebration involving psychedelic drugs, sexual freedom and peaceful vibes, man.
Although if you were hoping to relive some of the more ~debaucherous~ aspects of the infamous festival, Woodstock 2019 looks like it's shaping up to be a much tamer affair.
The golden anniversary is being described as a "pan-generational culture event" featuring live music and TED-style talks -- something that probably wasn't going on at the original unless it was a TED talk advising people to stay away from the brown acid.
Festivalgoers who attended Woodstock in their 20s will now be in their 70s -- and it sounds as though next year's celebration will be an extremely septuagenarian-friendly event
“Fifty years ago, people gathered peacefully on our site inspired to change the world through music," said Bethel Woods Centre for the Arts CEO in a statement.
"As the stewards of this historic site, we remain committed to preserving this rich history and spirit, and to educating and inspiring new generations to contribute positively to the world through music, culture, and community.”
The Woodstock Anniversary Event That Probably Shouldn't Have Happened
Every decade or so, there has been an attempt to celebrate -- and recreate -- the magic of Woodstock with a lineup of contemporary musicians. And while 1969 has become the shining example of peace, love and post-war counterculture, the 1999 event has gone down in history as one of the biggest trash fires.
The headliners included Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Creed, Everclear, Korn, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Insane Clown Posse. But the real headliners, according to news reports, were insanely long lines, oppressive heat, sexual assaults, violence and actual FIRE.
Rolling Stone has described the moment when Woodstock '99 "devolved fully into Lord of The Flies" when The Red Hot Chili Peppers played a cover of Jimi Hendrix's track "Fire".
"Bonfires broke out throughout the crowd. Vehicles were flipped and set ablaze. Vendor booths and merch tents were destroyed and used as fuel," Rolling Stone explained.
Who Will Play In 2019?
The lineup has not yet been announced for Woodstock '19 and it is unclear whether the curators will opt for more modern bands, or roll out some more historic acts.
Music fans are already voicing unconfirmed rumours of Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters being in the mix and tweeting their dream lineups in anticipation.
And some are just hoping it'll be a chance to iron their flared jeans and embrace that late '60s vibe of the original Woodstock Fest.
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