This Summer marks the 50th Anniversary of arguably one of the biggest and most important music festivals of all time.Woodstock: "3 Days of Peace & Music", (August 15-18, 1969) was held at a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. Nearly half a million people showed up to witness 32 acts in what became one of the "Moments That Changed Rock and Roll".
Plans have been underway for not one, but TWO Golden Anniversary celebrations to mark the occasion. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, as it's known now, had slated a four-day event in August this year, to line up with the original dates of Aug. 15-18, but it updated its plans so that the central concerts are part of a full summer's worth of events titled "A Season of Song and Celebration." So far, Santana and Ringo Starr have been confirmed to headline these shows. The Edgar Winter Band and Doobie Brothers are also rumored to appear.
Meanwhile, just under three hours west in Watkins Glen, Michael Lang, the co-founder of the original Festival has his own concerts lining up. Word is, the details will be announced this month. In this article from Rolling Stone Lang told that there will be more than 40 acts on three stages. "It’ll be an eclectic bill," he said. "It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.”