The town of Bethel, about 90 miles from New York City, was the original site of the Woodstock Festival in 1969. By some estimates, 400,000 people attended the original event, which featured artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Janis Joplin. In 2019, a three-day music festival will take place at the same site to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary event.
The event will be called the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, and will take place on August 16-18, 2019 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The promoters plan to feature well-known musical artists spanning multiple generations, along with TED-style talks and cultural exhibitions. A report released by the center promised a “pan-generational music, culture, and community event” that, in addition to music, will feature presentations from tech leaders and futurists. An onsite museum will feature multimedia exhibits and artifacts from the original festival and will be open to the public throughout the event.
“Fifty years ago, people gathered peacefully on our site inspired to change the world through music,” said BWCA CEO Darlene Fedun 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 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts hosts live music and special events throughout the year, and also features a farm-to-table restaurant, a family zone, and plenty of tribute areas honoring the legendary festival that put the facility on the map. Full lineup details and tickets will be announced in early 2019.