The co-founder of the Woodstock festival, Michael Lang, announced a commemorative celebration for the 50th anniversary of the legendary event with three days of musical performances next August in the town of Watkins Glen (New York), the Rolling Stone magazine reported today.
"There will be hip-hop and rock and some pop, and some bands heir to the original festival", Lang explained about the "eclectic" list of artists that will head this new Woodstock, scheduled from August 16 to 18 and to which he assures that they have already targeted more than 40 groups.
He also expressed his desire for the public to be intergenerational, as in the commemorative event of 1994, for which he indicated that among the accommodation options will be the "glamping", a trend that combines glamor and camping with "a real bed, a chair to sit on and a light bulb".
Also Lang told the magazine that there will be "easier access to portable toilets", which are now "clean, spacious and of considerable size" and will not become "wagons that go around smelling everywhere".
That was one of the problems of the 1999 commemorative event, which acknowledged that "they could not leave hiring in other's hands," and there was also a death by overdose, there were sexual assaults and a wave of subsequent lawsuits.
That Woodstock was like a party "of MTV" and with this, he insisted, "we return to our roots and original intention" to have it, he insisted, "everything controlled".
The choice of the town of Watkins Glen is due, he added, because the original, in Bethel, also in the state of New York, was then a farm that today was converted into concert hall for 15,000 people "precious", and "we need 1,000 acres of land with access and infrastructure".
Tickets will go on sale in February, when specific artists will be announced, and the audience will probably reach six digits. However, it aims to highlight over younger festivals such as Coachella, "few of which have any social impact".
"Woodstock, in its original incarnation, was really about social change and activism", model that wants to repeat in this edition, bringing "energy" to young people "through entertainment, film and non-profit organizations that attract them to causes such as the fight against global warming.
As for artist names, Lang did not make a statement but said there will be meetings and bands from the original Woodstock. Asked if he will get the members of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to put aside their differences, he replied that he has "talked to everyone individually" and "is a disaster".