Woodstock: 50 years later, old glories and contemporary stars

NEW YORK – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, several heavyweights of contemporary music such as Jay-Z or the Black Keys will join this summer on stage old glories already present at the legendary festival in 1969.
It’s been a long time since the launch of this festival – a mythical moment of hippie culture – Santana, John Fogerty, Country Joe McDonald and Canned Heat are going back to their guitar, who had already shared the stage of the first edition with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker.

The event will be held from August 16 to 18, 2019 in upstate New York, 180 km from the site where, half a million years ago, half a million young Americans had sung and made love, under the rain and mud, with lots of drugs and hope for a better future.

More organized setting

The 2019 edition will always promote peace, love and unity, but with a more varied catalog of genres and in a more organized setting.

A “multi-generational” show, promised Michael Lang, a promoter who organized the first festival.

Rappers Jay-Z and Common, Black Keys rockers, R & B singer Janelle Monae and folk troubadour Brandi Carlile will be on hand, organizers said on Tuesday, as did Miley Cirus, Imagine Dragons and Chance the Rapper.

The price, which has not yet been revealed, should be quite far from the hippie counterculture whose festival has become the symbol.

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