Why Woodstock 50 Matters More Than Ever


A lot of people have called Woodstock 50 a big joke compared to the Woodstock festivals of the past. In fact, they have criticized the artist lineup since the first announcements. People complain that there are not enough stars, not enough draw and not enough big acts.

But think about the Woodstock festivals of the past. Many “no name artists” performed at the original Woodstock. And what about the artists that performed at the 30th Anniversary of Woodstock?

The Original One and Only Woodstock Festival

People revere the headliners of the original Woodstock to this day as rock gods and goddesses. There was Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Who and the unfortunate incident with the Hells Angels security for the Rolling Stones. But what about Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly and the Family Stone, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young?

And who could forget Joe Cocker and Richie Havens? These are the names everyone knows, yet they don’t associate them with the legendary festival. And most people didn’t know them back when they first performed in front of that gigantic audience. They had no idea it would earn them a lifetime of music legend status.

Woodstock 1999

In 1999, Woodstock’s Anniversary Festival featured Kid Rock, Ice Cube, Dave Matthews, and Everclear. Also, Alanis Morrisette, Limp Bizkit, Counting Crows, Rage Against the Machine and Metallica performed. In fact, the sheer numbers of artists who came on the East, West and Emerging artists stages was immense.

No matter how you slice it, it is still Woodstock. To the naysayers, it may be “watered down” or a “commercial play” to sell albums and performers, this is a chance to see the current as well as upcoming artists. You may even recapture that absolute spirit of freedom to love music.

The Woodstock 50 Lineup

The lineup is chock full of names you know like Jay-Z, Halsey, Imagine Dragons and Miley Cyrus. It also includes Akon, Gary Clark Jr, Maggie Rogers, Chance the Rapper and The Killers.

The list of those you might not know and get a once in a lifetime chance to say that “You were there for the first one” is almost endless. So, check out the entire lineup of artists for Woodstock 50. And for information on getting tickets, you can subscribe to the mailing list for updates on the official Woodstock 50 website.