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.