Woodstock 50 details: no single-day tickets, lineup by stage & more
The Watkins Glen, NY festival celebrating the golden anniversary of Woodstock 1969, Woodstock 50, announced its long-awaited lineup last week, and following that, they’ve broken that lineup down each day by stage. As we mentioned previously, Woodstock 50 will have three main stages, Peace, Love, and Music, as well as a fourth, acoustic stage, the Garden Stage, and a tba fifth stage with comedians and other performers. See the breakdown of four of the stages on the poster above.
The stage setup for Woodstock 50 was just one of the topics discussed at a public meeting on Wednesday (3/27) night in Watkins Glen, the first in a planned series of monthly meetings to update locals on the proceedings surrounding the festival. The Poughkeepsie Journal reported from last night’s meeting, where a few more logistical details were revealed, as well. One of them was the festival’s running time each day: current plans are for sets to begin at 11 AM and run until midnight, except for Dead and Co. on Saturday night, whose performance is to run two and a half hours and end at 1 AM.
Tickets to Woodstock 50 are set to go on sale on Earth Day, April 22, but pricing details are still to be announced. Festival promoters did say at the meeting that they are not currently planning on selling single-day tickets, only multiple-day passes, including ones that come with camping and “glamping” options. Festival organizer Michael Lang, co-creator of the original 1969 festival, said the decision not to sell single-day tickets has to do with traffic, WBNG reports:
“It’s really to simplify the traffic patterns. We don’t want people coming in and out on a daily basis it seems that would create more problems than we need and frankly anyone who is interested in coming should come for the three days,” said Lang.
Campsites will be limited to four people each, and campsite sales will reportedly be capped at 27,000.
Lang spoke more about booking Woodstock 50 in a recent interview with Syracuse.com. He told them he had tried for The Who, but the band wasn’t interested; as Roger Daltrey told Billboard earlier this year, “August in America is too hot for me to work anymore.” “You can’t redo Woodstock because the stars of Woodstock were the audience,” Roger continued. “You can celebrate the date, but you can’t redo (the festival).”
Lang also brought up the troubled, chaotic 30th anniversary edition of Woodstock with Syracuse.com, Woodstock ’99, saying that this year’s edition wouldn’t make the same mistakes. “In the end, it was partially my fault,” he said, “partially the fault of the fans of Insane Clown Posse who were running amok all weekend. But at the end of the show, the Chili Peppers were on stage closing the festival. They had been given permission to hand out candles, and that was a mistake. [People] started to set things on fire, and it started to grow.” He also blamed “angry” music of the era, mentioning Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff” as an example. “The music we have this time is not angry, it’s very progressive and very socially relevant,” he said.
Lang has been outspoken about criticism of the eclectic Woodstock 50 lineup; speaking to TMZ, he said that “Woodstock purists” should “kind of get over it, really. We cannot just have an oldies show. This is not Oldchella or Desert Trip, this is really a contemporary Woodstock for today.”