Woodstock 50, the fiftieth anniversary of the famous three-day festival has announced its line-up and it includes Australia’s Brian Cadd, and Courtney Barnett – the only two Australians on the bill so far.
Taking place on its 50th anniversary weekend, 16 to 18 August 2019 in Watkins Glen, NY, the most iconic music festival in American history is “bringing peace, love and music back for a new generation of fans.”
Acts that appeared at the original festival include Santana, Canned Heat, John Sebastian, Melanie and Country Joe McDonald. Other headliners include Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, John Fogerty, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Dead and Company, The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Leon Bridges,, Gary Clark Jr., David Crosby and Friends, Dawes, Margo Price, Brandi Carlile, The Zombies, Hot Tuna. The full line-up is listed below.
You can find details at woodstock.com
There is also a celebration at the original site of the festival in Bethel Woods, New York. Details announced so far include:
- Thursday, August 15: A screening of the Warner Bros. Academy-Award winning documentary, Woodstock: the Director’s Cut will be held on the historic festival field. It is an experience unlike any other to watch the documentary that chronicles the emergence of the Counterculture movement on the very field where it was filmed a half-century ago.
- Friday, August 16: Ringo Starr and his All Star Band will take the Pavilion Stage, along with Arlo Guthrie, who performed just after midnight on Friday, the first day of the festival; as well as Edgar Winter with The Edgar Winter Band, returning to Bethel for the first time since performing at the festival with his brother Johnny Winter.
- Saturday, August 17: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Woodstock legend, Santana returns to Bethel Woods Pavilion Stage, exactly 50 years after his groundbreaking Saturday afternoon festival performance. Santana will be joined by special guests The Doobie Brothers.
- Sunday, August 18: To be announced!
Details are here: Bethel Woods Center
The orginal Woodstock’s Co-Producer/Co-Founder, Michael Lang, said today of Brian Cadd: “Brian Cadd’s vocal resonance and stage performance reminds me of my friends in The Band. His new album Silver City rocks and I look forward to welcoming him at Woodstock 50”
Singer, songwriter, producer – Brian Cadd has now, officially, done it all. Cadd kicked off his career with two of the most celebrated bands of their day, The Groop and Axiom, with hits Woman You’re Breaking Me and A Little Ray of Sunshine. He followed this with a string of massive hits as a solo artist with songs like Ginger Man, Let Go, Alvin Purple and the soundtrack to the classic Morning of the Earth surf movie, before moving into a ‘behind-the-scenes’ role in the music industry, going on to produce and work alongside music heavyweights from around the globe.
Brian has written songs for the likes of Joe Cocker, Ringo Starr, John Farnham, Little River Band, Bonnie Tyler, Glen Campbell and The Pointer Sisters and his iconic status was acknowledged when he was inducted into the 2007 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.
The line-up so far:
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters,
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats,
Run the Jewels,
The Head and the Heart,
Michael Franti & Spearhead,
Dead and Company,
Chance the Rapper,
The Black Keys,
Greta Van Fleet,
Portugal. The Man,
Gary Clark Jr.,
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes,
David Corsby and Friends
Nahko and the Medicine People
Country Joe McDonald
Amy Helm, Courtney Hadwin,
Cage The Elephant,
Young The Giant,
Judah and the Lion,
The Marcus King Band,
Amigo the Devil,
Woodstock 50 has been organised by the original Woodstock organiser Michael Lang. Lang, now 74, was 24 when the original Woodstock Festival happened.