After a couple months of speculation and rumors, the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival has officially been announced, via a Facebook event page. The announcement from Bethel Woods today reveals that the a three-day event will take place on August 16th-18th in 2019, hosted in partnership with Live Nation Concerts and INVNT. The festival will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music Festival.
“We are thrilled to partner with Live Nation and INVNT to produce Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival,” said Darlene Fedun, CEO, BWCA. “Fifty years ago, people gathered peacefully on our site inspired to change the world through music. 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 new festival is said to be a combination music festival and cultural event, featuring “TED-style talks” as well as the Museum at Bethel Woods. Artists will span “multiple genres and decades,” giving more credence to the supposed pitch deck that leaked last month. Artists being approached at the time included: Chance The Rapper, Pink, Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, Neil Young, Phish, Joan Baez, Bon Jovi, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, and Skrillex.
Most recently, Santana has said that if he’s approached to play, he’d absolutely accept.
Lineup and ticket announcements are expected soon. Sign up for updates from Bethel Woods Center for Arts here.