Michael Lang, the co-producer and co-founder of the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, announced Wednesday he is putting on a 50th anniversary festival of his own on the same weekend one is planned at the original site in Sullivan County.
Lang’s festival will take place from Aug. 16 to 18 in Watkins Glen and feature three main stages and more than 60 artists of various genres spanning generations, according to a news release from Lang’s company, Woodstock Ventures.
“It’ll be an eclectic bill,” Lang said in a story in Rolling Stone magazine. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.”
There will also be other programs, including screenings, panels and art installations in collaboration with nonprofits and other organizations.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will hold its own anniversary festival that same weekend.
Details of the lineup and ticket information for the Watkins Glen event will be released in the coming weeks, according to the release.
“The Woodstock 50th Anniversary will be about sharing an experience with great artists and encouraging people to get educated and involved in the social issues impacting everyone on the planet,” Lang said in the release. “It’s so inspiring to see young people today channeling their passion into causes they care about.
"That’s something that’s always been a part of Woodstock’s mission, and it’s a big focus at the 50th festival.”
Bethel Woods' festival is part of what will be a yearlong celebration of Woodstock expected to jolt tourism in Sullivan County to record highs.
The event will similarly feature musical artists of various generations and TED-style talks, as well as a special exhibit at its museum.
Specific details have yet to be announced.
Many of the county's motels, bed and breakfasts and Airbnbs are already sold out for all or part of the anniversary weekend.