One of the driving forces behind the original Woodstock remains hard at work on a new event to take place in 2019, the 50th anniversary of the festival.
Michael Lang first mentioned his desire to resurrect Woodstock in 2014. According to a new interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal, Lang is in discussions with “potential partners and different locations are being explored.” An overseas event is also possible.
Following the 50th anniversary festival, Lang intends for Woodstock to continue an annual event. “[Woodstock] is the original and most famous festival brand.” he says, adding, “With the prevalence of festivals out there, and all the excitement about them, maybe it’s time for that.”
Lang was a co-creator of the original Woodstock in 1969 and also promoted its two official “sequels” in 1994 and 1999. He previously proved unsuccessful in his efforts to stage a 40th anniversary edition of the festival at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in 2009.