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.”

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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.

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