Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival recently revealed details regarding its inaugural outing. The festival will be held August 16th-18th in 2019 in Bethel Woods, at the site of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. However, BWMCF is in no way affiliated with Woodstock Ventures, LLC. While this festival has been widely reported as a 50th anniversary festival for Woodstock, to call it so is a bit of a misnomer.
Michael Lang, producer and co-creator of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, is producing the “official” anniversary, but it won’t be at Bethel Woods.
In a statement sent out to media this morning, Lang states, “While the original site in Bethel remains close to our hearts, it no longer has the capacity to hold a real Woodstock Festival. I’m delighted that Bethel Woods is doing events in the coming year to celebrate what we brought to life in 1969 and I encourage people to visit the museum and concert venue.”
In the next few weeks, Lang will shortly be announcing his plans for the “real” Woodstock 50th Festival to bring back the much needed spirit and energy of the 1969 original.
However, it remains to be seen if Lang’s festival will have the energy to topple BWMCF after an already-powerful media presence and reference to a 50th anniversary festival.