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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Scales Back Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Plans

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BETHEL WOODS, NY (CelebrityAccess) — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts announced on Tuesday that it was scaling back plans for a music festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed Woodstock Music & Arts Fair.

The Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival which was planned for Aug. 16-18 at the original Woodstock site, will now be replaced by a trio of standalone events.

“We are humbled by the interest in the anniversary year and we realized it was greater than we’d ever dreamed,” Bethel Woods Center for the Arts CEO Darlene Fedun said in a statement. “We recognize the importance of this place to so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is central to A Season of Song and Celebration, as it provides our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and to celebrate the legacy of what occurred here.”

“We are humbled by the interest in the anniversary year and we realized it was greater than we’d ever dreamed,” explained Darlene Fedun, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ Chief Executive Officer. “We recognize the importance of this place to so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is central to A Season of Song and Celebration, as it provides our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and to celebrate the legacy of what occurred here.”

The three events include:

Thursday, August 15: A screening of the Warner Bros. Academy-Award winning documentary, Woodstock: the Director’s Cut will be held on the original festival field.

Friday, August 16: A concert featuring Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band, along with Arlo Guthrie; as well as Edgar Winter with The Edgar Winter Band.

Saturday, August 17: Santana with special guests The Doobie Brothers.

Bethel Woods plans to drop their music festival leaves just one major fest to mark the 50th anniversary, with Woodstock 50, by original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang scheduled to take place on 16-18, 2019, at Watkins Glen.


As of yet, no official lineup has been announced for the Watkins Glen event, but Lang has stated that more than 40 artists have been booked for what is billed as a multi-stage festival.

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