Woodstock 50 Lineup Officially Revealed, Includes Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper and Miley Cyrus
“3 Days of Peace, Love & Music” will also feature performances by artists who played the original festival.
There have been rumors and leaks but it’s finally official: We know who is playing Woodstock 50, the half-century anniversary celebration of the iconic 1969 music festival that spawned a ton of hippie babies named Sunflower or Star and even more acid flashbacks.
The festival poster was published Tuesday night on Woodstock.com.
If the white ink on red background is a little blurry, here are the lineups in slightly more readable form:
- Friday, Aug. 16: The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Nathaniel Rateliff & 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.
- Saturday, Aug. 17: Dead & Company, Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet. Portugal, The Man, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, David Crosby & Friends, Dawes, Margo Price, Nahko & 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, IAMDBB.
- Sunday, Aug. 18: Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage The Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, Young The Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah & 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.
Michael Lang, the 74-year-old promoter who had roles in promoting the first event as well as two subsequent anniversary celebrations, also announced the lineup at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios in New York City, reports The Daily Freeman.
“We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain,” Lang said, “But will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation.”
He went on to say that their “hope is that today, just as in 1969, music will be the constant that can inspire positive change.”
The 1994 anniversary Woodstock Festival was well-attended and reflected the trippy, peaceful spirit of the original. The 1999 Woodstock was a disaster—it won’t be hard to improve on that.