Woodstock 50 announces full lineup and we are not impressed

News 20/03/2019

The organisers of Woodstock 50 has just revealed the full lineup featuring Dead and Company, Robert Plant, Santana, John Fogerty and more.

A select number of original acts from the 1969 Woodstock will be featured in Woodstock50 - Dead and Company, John Fogerty, Santana, John Sebastian, Country Joe Mcdonald, Canned Heat and Hot Tuna.

However, the rest of the lineup consists of pop and hip-hop artists that don't quite fit the overall vibes at Woodstock for a 50th anniversary celebration. Michael Lang had previously told Rolling Stone that it'll be an "eclectic bill". “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival … I want it to be multi-generational. Woodstock ’94 was a nice mix of young and old and that’s kind of what we’re going for here,” he says.

We reckon it would've been better if they included many more proper musicians. But it's 2019, what we think won't matter as much as millennials' tweets.

Among the lineup features rock bands like David Crosby and Friends, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Greta Van Fleet, the Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Courtney Barnett, Boygenius, Gary Clark Jr., The Zombies; hip-hop artists like Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Princess Nokia; popstars like Miley Cyrus, Maggie Rogers, Halsey, Akon; soul singers Janelle Monae and Leon Bridges.

You can see the full line-up below.

Day 1: The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, John Fogerty, Run the Jewels, The Head and the Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs, Anderson East, Akon, Princess Nokia, John Sebastian, Melanie, Grandson, Fever 333, Dorothy, Flora Cash, Larkin Poe, Brian Cadd, Ninet Tayeb

Day 2: Dead and Company, Chance the Rapper, Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, David Crosby and Friends, Dawes, Margo Price, Nahko and Medicine for The People, India.Arie, Jade Bird, Country Joe McDonald, Rival Sons, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, Sir, Taylor Bennett, Amy Helm, Courtney Hadwin, Pearl, John-Robert, IAMDDB

Day 3: Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage The Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, Young The Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and the Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius, Reignwolf, the Zombies, Canned Heat, Hot Tuna, Pussy Riot, Cherry Glazerr, Leven Kali, The Marcus King Band, Victory, Hollis Brown, John Craigie, Amigo The Devil, Liz Brasher

The festival will be happening in 5 months on the exact same dates as 50 years ago but at a different venue. An unaffiliated Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival will feature Ringo Starr and Santana at the original venue which has since been turned into an amphitheater.

Woodstock 50 has also announced a variety of non-profit partners including environmental groups such as Conservation International and the Dolphin Project, as well as organisations focused on social issues such as Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation and the March for Our Lives. Hiring America, HeadCount and Reform Alliance are among the other non-profit partners.