As the 50th anniversary of New York’s legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Fair approaches, talk of an event celebrating the festival has grown, and now Michael Lang, one of the promoters who worked for the 1969 gathering, says that there are “definite plans” for a 50th anniversary event in 2019.
Lang goes on to say that the 50th anniversary celebration will represent many of the same values that fueled Woodstock ’69 and the social movements of the time. The original festival was one of the landmark moments in American music and pop-culture history, drawing over 400,000 attendees and offering performances from Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Band, Santana, Joan Baez, Crosby Still Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more.
“We’re hoping to inspire people to speak up and get involved and get out and vote and help us save the planet,” Lang tells the Poughkeepsie Journal. “We are in trouble and it seems like we’ve been brought back in time in a lot of ways. It’s eerie how similar a lot of things are to the way it was in the late ‘60s. Lessons we thought we learned seem to be coming back, unlearned. The progress we learned in social justice seems to be going backwards.”