2 Woodstock 50th anniversary concerts in 2019? What you need to know
By Geoff Herbert | 

How big was Woodstock in 1969? It was such a huge deal that we need two 50th anniversary festivals to celebrate it, apparently.

That's right, there are two "Woodstock" 2019 concerts scheduled in Upstate New York, and they're both set for the same weekend.

Here's what you need to know, including the rumored Woodstock lineups, when tickets go on sale, and the logistics of each venue.

Woodstock 50

Original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang announced Wednesday that the official 50th anniversary concert, dubbed "Woodstock 50," will be held in Central New York.

A three-day festival honoring the original 1969 event, will take place at Watkins Glen, located 80 miles outside of Syracuse, on Aug. 16, 17 and 18, 2019. 

Tickets will go on sale in February; prices have not been announced. Performers have not been named, but Lang told Rolling Stone that over 40 artists have already been booked for three stages. 

Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival

Woodstock 50 will take place the same weekend as another, separate 50th anniversary celebration on the original Woodstock site at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Live Nation is sponsoring the "Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival" on Aug. 16-18, 2019, with a pan-generational music, culture, and community event featuring concerts, "TED-style talks," and a "We Are Golden" history exhibit at the Museum at Bethel Woods.

Tickets, prices and performers will be announced "soon," Live Nation said. Likely late January or early February.

"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," Bethel Woods CEO Darlene Fedun said in a statement.


Ticket on sale dates and ticket prices have not been announced for either event. However, given that both are three-day festivals with multiple performers, fans can expect they won't be cheap.

Mountain Jam, held every June in Hunter, N.Y., is a three-day event with general admission tickets ranging starting at $184 (plus more for camping) and VIP packages up to $999. Performers in recent years included big names like Jack Johnson and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

But given the marquee name "Woodstock" and the historic hype (and controversy), the two golden anniversary celebrations may be more comparable to Coachella (3-day festival passes start at $429), Bonnaroo (3-day passes start at $279) or Lollapalooza (4-day passes range from $335 general admission to $4,200 for "platinum" VIPs).

Read more about all the events going on at Woodstock 2019 here!


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