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Woodstock co-founder hosting 50th anniversary celebration

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Half a century ago, close to half a million music lovers attended one of the biggest rock festivals of all time and cultural touchstone - Woodstock. 

In 1969, the original Woodstock Music and Arts Fest went on from August 15th - 17th in Bethel. Now, 50 years later, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang announced the return of the iconic music festival to celebrate its 50th anniversary. 

The celebration will bring the iconic three-day music festival back to life on August 16th - 18th at Watkins Glen.

“It’s time to put the speculation to rest and officially announce that Woodstock 50 is happening,” said Lang.

“The original festival in ‘69 was a reaction by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to fight for - civil rights, women’s rights, and the antiwar movement, and it gave way to our mission to share peace, love and music," said Lang. "Today, we’re experiencing similar disconnects in our country, and one thing we’ve learned is that music has the power to bring people together. So, it’s time to bring the Woodstock spirit back, get involved and make our voices heard.”

According to Lang, Woodstock 50 will have three main stages, bringing together more than 60 of the biggest names and emerging talent in rock, hip hop, pop, and country. 

“The original site in Bethel is wonderful, but much too small for what we’re envisioning,” said Lang. “Watkins Glen International gives us the ability to create something unlike any other commemorative event and something uniquely Woodstock,” he added. 

Another Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration will also be taking place that same weekend at the original site in Bethel. 

Woodstock's 50th anniversary celebrations will also be taking place the same weekend as the DICK's Sporting Goods Open this August.