Dueling Festivals Coming To Woodstock To Mark 50th

It looks like there will be two competing festivals to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock next year.

Michael Lang, one of the original festival’s promoters and the owner of the Woodstock trademark, has said he will announce plans for a commemorative event. Today (Thursday), the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York — which is housed in an amphitheater built on the original site over a decade ago — announced plans for its own celebratory festival. The Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival will be held August 16th through the 18th. The venue says that artist lineup and ticket info will be announced soon.

The original Woodstock festival was held August 15th through the 17th, 1969 at Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, about 40 miles from the town that gave the festival its name.

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