In August 1969, a half-million-plus music lovers road-tripped to the wilds of upstate New York for the “3 Days of Peace & Music: Woodstock Music & Arts Fair.” From Jimi Hendrix to Janis Joplin — the rest is bona fide rock ‘n’ roll history.
Come Aug. 16-18, a sprawling lineup of contemporary musical acts — from what’s left of the Grateful Dead to Miley Cyrus and Chance the Rapper — will attempt to make history all over again at the 1,000-acre International Speedway in Watkins Glen, NY.
After months of online rumors, the official lineup for the 50th anniversary concert was announced Tuesday. Current acts such as Halsey, Imagine Dragons and Janelle Monae are now set to share stage space with veteran Woodstock artists Melanie, Hot Tuna and Country Joe McDonald.
It’s all part of what organizers hype as a chance to unite the country again.
“Woodstock 1969 was a reaction by the youth of its time and the conditions we faced,” says Woodstock 50 co-founder Michael Lang. “We proved that it is possible to live together in harmony and with compassion…with only our best selves represented. Woodstock gave people around the world hope, which is why I think it remains relevant today.”
Earlier this month, there were reports the festival reboot was plagued by issues “regarding the raising of money and venue capacity.”
At the time, Lang said, “There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock. We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once in a lifetime event.”
Sure, some race track isn’t the original site of Woodstock, but Variety reports that the International Speedway comes souped up with a solid live rock pedigree: it hosted two Phish festivals and 1973’s “Summer Jam,” featuring The Band and Grateful Dead.
Woodstock 50 ticket prices haven’t been released yet — but you can sign up for email alerts to be first in the online line. Until then, check out the full announced lineup below.