JAY-Z, Chance The Rapper, Santana & Might Headline Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary

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A lineup for the event has reportedly been revealed.

In January, the return of Woodstock was announced.

In celebration of the historic music festival’s 50th anniversary, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang is putting together a new multi-day event in Watkins Glen, New York from August 16th-18th, 2019. The bill is slated to feature hip-hop, rock, and pop acts, alongside some of the legacy acts who performed at the original festival in 1969.

Earlier this week, Billboard reported that Chance the Rapper, The Killers, and Imagine Dragons are slated to perform, as well as Grateful Dead offshoot Dead and Company and Santana, who performed at the original festival in 1960.

According to a new Variety report,  JAY-Z, Chance The Rapper, The Black Keys, and Dead & Company are scheduled to perform at the main events, while Gary Clark Jr., Janelle Monáe, and more are “said to be finalizing their commitments” to performing.

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“The Woodstock 50th Anniversary will be about sharing an experience with great artists and encouraging people to get educated and involved in the social issues impacting everyone on the planet,” Lang said in a press statement. “It’s so inspiring to see young people today channeling their passion into causes they care about. That’s something that’s always been a part of Woodstock’s mission.”

He added,

“The original festival in ’69 was a reaction by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to fight for – civil rights, women’s rights, and the antiwar movement, and it gave way to our mission to share peace, love and music. Today, we’re experiencing similar disconnects in our country, and one thing we’ve learned is that music has the power to bring people together. So, it’s time to bring the Woodstock spirit back, get involved and make our voices heard.”

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To stay updated on the festival lineup and tickets check out Woodstock’s official website.


Source: Variety

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