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Woodstock 50 lineup is huuuuge… Not to be confused with the Bethel Woods Festival which is pretty big and on at the same time

When is a lot of music too much music? When two excellent music festivals are held over the same weekend, each featuring awesome lineups but hosted at venues 230 kilometres apart. To save you looking up Google Maps, that’s a three-hour drive, folks.

Sure, cunning festival followers might magically make their timetables work if they take in half of one festival and half of the other, but there’s already confusion as to who’s playing what, when and where, let alone which acts would have to be sacrificed for the sake of seeing another (are you more Robert Plant or Ringo Starr?).

Which is why we’ve broken down two of music’s major calendar events, both happening from August 16-18, 2019. Woodstock 50 is on at Watkins Glen, New York, August 16-18, while the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival is on the original Woodstock grounds of Bethel Woods, New York on those same dates.

Fans of both classic and contemporary music should be chuffed with the full lineup of Woodstock 50 (its name alluding to the golden anniversary of the original Woodstock music festival). The bill boasts a massive variety of artists including Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin fame), Santana, Jay-Z, The Killers, The Black Keys, John Fogerty (ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival), Miley Cyrus, Chance The Rapper, Cage The Elephant, Janelle Monae, and Courtney Barnett. Did we mention the word eclectic?

The original incarnation of Woodstock happened on August 15-18, 1969, and featured only two of the aforementioned acts on its bill.

As for the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, its lineup is somewhat smaller but you can expect to hear longer sets from each act. Featured in the lineup are Ringo Starr, Arlo Guthrie, the Doobie Brothers, and Santana – who’s sure to put the ‘jet’ back into ‘jet-setting’ since he’ll be playing both Woodstock 50 on the Friday and Bethel Woods on the Saturday. Phew.

While the Bethel Woods bill is indeed moderately smaller there’s plenty more than just music going on in that neck of the woods, including exhibitions and TED-style talks about the history of Woodstock.

The original incarnation of Woodstock happened on August 15-18, 1969, and featured only two of the aforementioned acts on its bill. They were John Fogerty – who isn’t with his original Creedence lineup this time around – and Santana. Which is why Carlos and crew can boast being the only folks who’ll be making the trek to both festivals this August.

And that, my friends, is putting the ‘jet’ back into ‘jet-setting’.

Antonino Tati

 

Tickets to Woodstock 50 go on sale April 22, 2019, available from the festival’s website www.woodstock.com.

Tickets to the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival are available through www.bethelwoodscenter.org.

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