Watkins Glen, NY – JAY-Z, Chance The Rapper and Common are just a few of the acts that were supposed to open Woodstock 50 up to a new audience. Instead, the lineup was met with griping from festival purists. But Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang is having none of it.
In an interview with TMZ, Lang stands his ground and says the lineup was curated intentionally to attract a younger generation, just as the first festival in 1969 did.
“It’s not something we’re planning on doing every year, the 50th is a special anniversary,” Lang explains. “We’re hoping to engage people in social discourse and give them an incredible weekend, one that they’ll hopefully remember for the rest of their lives.”
The 50th anniversary lineup was revealed a week ago, complete with contemporary acts such as Vince Staples, Run The Jewels and Earl Sweatshirt.
In the past, Woodstock has hosted Hip Hop artists such as DMX and Salt-N-Pepa. It also featured an N.W.A reunion in 1999.
Check out the lineup for Woodstock 50 below.