Music festivals are common today but that wasn’t always the case.
It’s been fifty years since the original Woodstock took place in 1969 which has been the groundwork for every festival that has come after it. The inspiration for bringing back the music festival in such a big way is due in large part to the social and political climate in of our society. Michael Lang explained during a recent interview pointing out similarities between today and the 1960s.
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Michael Lang explains that history seems to be repeating itself and a lot of the lessons they thought they had learned in the 1960s are still going on and people need a reminder. The hope is to energize today’s generation that faces a lot of the same issues.
The lineup for the festival is jam-packed with some of the biggest music acts from today and yesterday including Miley Cyrus, Santana, and even America’s Got Talent favorite Courtney Hadwin will be making the trip from the United Kingdom to perform at the same festival where one of her music inspirations Janis Joplin took the stage in 1969.
The original festival which was held in the summer of 1969 has stood the test of time as one of the most iconic music events in history. Woodstock defined what a music festival would become and the message of it being of love and peace is certainly something today.
Michael Lang, one of the organizers of the original show, was involved in planning the 2019 show.
“We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation,” Lang said in a statement. “Our hope is that today, just as in 1969, music will be the constant that can inspire positive change.”
Santana and Country Joe McDonald will be the only true originals to return for the 50th-anniversary show, though Dead & Company, which includes many of the original members of the Grateful Dead, will also be performing. John Sebastian will be there and David Crosby, who performed with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young at the original, will also appear. A reformed version of Canned Heat will perform and John Fogerty, sans the rest of Creedance Clearwater Revival, will perform, too.