Rumors of a 50th anniversary celebration of 1969’s legendary Woodstock festival have been circulating since early this year, and recent reports indicate that acts such as Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Coldplay could be approached about performing at the event if it does happen in 2019.
The Festival Owl has shared images from a marketing deck used to promote the potential concert to sponsors, and one of the slides indicates a list of possible artists that includes the three already mentioned as well as Lorde, The Weeknd, Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, Ariana Grande, Eminem, Graham Nash, Neil Young, Santana, The Who, Phish, Joan Baez, Bon Jovi, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, Daft Punk, Chainsmokers, Chance The Rapper, Pink and more.
Although that is merely a wish list and not a single artist has been confirmed so far, original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang told the Poughkeepsie Journal that he is “very close” to finalizing a deal for a 50th anniversary event. Lang said, “We have definite plans . . . These are plans. This is not a done deal yet. But it’s very close.”
Lang co-created the original festival in 1969 and two follow-ups in 1994 for the 25th anniversary and 1999 for the event’s 30th anniversary.
- The original Woodstock Music and Art Fair took place in Bethel, New York from August 15th to August 18th, 1969.
- Acts on the bill included Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, the Who, the Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and many, many more.
- Considered the defining event of 1960s counterculture, Woodstock attracted some 450,000 attendees to a largely peaceful event set against the turmoil of the decade’s closing years.
- Anniversary events were held in upstate New York in 1994 and 1999, with bands like Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Blind Melon, Bush and Limp Bizkit playing. The 1999 show ended with violence, fires, and alleged sexual assaults.