Woodstock Confirms 40th Anniversary At Original Location With Original Performers To Headline

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As we told you about two months ago, Woodstock promoter Michael Lang was in search of a spot to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. And after scoping out Prospect Park’s Long Meadow for the event, it has now been confirmed that the festival will instead be getting back to its roots; taking place at its original location in Bethel Woods, with a handful of the original performers added on to the roster.

According to the Associated Press [via The Daily Swarm], the event will once again take place at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on August 15. The arts center was built upon the dairy farm which hosted over 400,000 people at the festival in 1969. Among the performing acts for this year, The Levon Helm Band, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Co., Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Mountain, and Country Joe McDonald, will all be performing as veterans from the original Woodstock line-up.

Woodstock ’09 will be the first big Woodstock festival since 1999, when bands like Insane Clown Posse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock all performed, and riots, looting, fires and reports of rape all took place. Lang wanted to steer clear of riot-mentality the bands at the ’99 festival seemed to instigate, which took away from the free peace and love mentality of the original festival.

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  1. woodstock says:

    In related news, Artie Kornfeld, the Father of Woodstock is throwing a festival in San Francisco on October 25th.

  2. LittleLunaTuna says:

    I found the following information about the 2 big Woodstock events planned for 2009 and am posting to share:

    Saturday, August 15, 2009
    Bethel Woods Music Festival starring
    Heroes of Woodstock
    Levon Helm Band, Jefferson Starship, Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Mountain, Tom Constanten and Country Joe McDonald

    Pavilion Stage
    5:00pm Show Time
    4:00pm Doors, 3:00pm Parking

    $69.00, $40.00 Reserved; $19.69 Lawn
    Bethel Woods rules:
    OK to bring
    - Blankets
    - Backpacks and small soft coolers (cloth/bag style)
    - Hand-held umbrellas
    - Water – two 20 oz. factory sealed plastic bottles of water per person
    - Food – one 1 gallon clear zip lock bag per person. Food may be consumed in designated picnic areas
    - Cameras that do not have the capability of multiple lenses are permitted, except
    when prohibited by the artist. Photography is prohibited during most performances

    _You may bring food and beverages (no bottles, cans, alcohol, please), coolers, and blankets onto the lawn area prior to the show.

    NOT ALLOWED/PROHIBITED

    Lawn Chairs
    Audio and/or video recorder, cameras portable televisions and radios
    Beach umbrella, banners, signs- tents, canopies, candles
    Cans, glass, beverages
    Alcohol Small soft coolers Food in clear plastic bags or containers Factory sealed plastic water bottle Sporting equipment (including roller-blades, skateboards, and bikes, Frisbees, kites)
    Pavilion Stage No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
    Terrace Stage No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
    Events Gallery: The items above are not permitted in this indoor gallery in the Museum.
    Factory-sealed water bottles must not exceed 20 oz. Please note – water is the only beverage permitted into Bethel Woods Center for the Arts concerts. This does not apply to picnic concerts. Please see event page for the list of picnic concerts.

    Some concerts may have additional restrictions. Please check individual event pages for specific restrictions.

    40th Anniversary of Woodstock Free Concert in Golden Gate Park
    Category: Festivals & Fairs
    When: Sunday, October 25, 1:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Where: Golden Gate Park Speedway Meadows, San Francisco, CA
    Cost: FREE

    The Golden Gate Park Speedway Meadows Woodstock will be held in an OPEN venue. The 2007 Summer of Love Festival held at this same venue allowed coolers, pets, Frisbees, kites, skateboards, bicycles, glass bottles, glass or plastic containers, ice, alcohol, food, lawn chairs, blankets, wheelchairs, cameras of any kind and video as well as audio recorders. Basically there were NO restrictions for attendees except no motorized vehicles and no open fires (no cooking your own food LOL) FREE parking was along access roads such as John F. Kennedy etc; from there it is walk, bike or wheelchair down to the Meadows. There were no “gatekeepers” no security checks etc. Just show up, find a spot on the grass and mingle. Peace and Love. The San Francisco Fire and Police Departments as well as medical personnel and ambulatory services were all there in 2007 to offer assistance. There were a variety of vendors on hand to add to the festival experience. From what information is available at the West Fest Woodstock 40th Anniversary it appears producer/ organizer Boots Hughston plans to use the same formula for the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock event planned for October 2009.

    From what I can tell the Bethel Woods event is offering a great lineup of original Woodstock performers at the original Woodstock location for a premium price in a rather sterile and very controlled setting. The Golden Gate Speedway Meadows event, if anything like the 2007 Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Concert, will be more true to form to the original Woodstock Festival. The final lineup of talent will probably not be known until the day of the event.

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