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Woodstock 50th anniversary festival in the works

on February 11, 2016, 1:25pm

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.

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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.