Summer is just three short months away, and already the music festival booking wars are well underway.
Where: Watkins Glen, NY
When: August 16-18
Woodstock 50 filed the first shot. As we all know by now, 50 years ago 400,000 young people descended on a farm in Woodstock, New York to celebrate counterculture and music. It was A Moment, and now millions of baby boomers will tell you they heard Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix that day. The last time the music world tried to celebrate Woodstock it was a disaster. The 1999 event is notorious for violence and destruction, including riots and sexual assaults. So this time around it is no surprise for the festival to try to rope back in the excess in order to focus on love, peace and harmony.
Of course 2019 is not noted for peace and kindness, so how this will actually work out is a big question mark. Organizers got commitments from a wide range of artists: Jay Z, The Killers, and Dead & Company headline the event. The Black Keys, Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus , Common, Janelle Monae, The Raconteurs, and Imagine Dragons are in the field. Legends like Santana, John Fogerty, Dead & Company (the Grateful Dead with John Mayer), Hot Tuna, and Country Joe McDonald are slated to return to the stage.
The festival will be held at Watkins Glen, which is notable for its race track. That’s in the Finger Lakes, a region south of Syracuse and a whole 150 miles northwest or the original for those who are keeping track.
Where: Grant Park, Chicago, IL
When: August 1-4
Not to be outdone, Generation X’s premier festival returns again this summer with its celebration of music in Chicago. The four-day lineup includes Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, Ariana Grande, the Strokes, Flume, Tame Impala, Janelle Monae, Meek Mill, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Wayne, Hozier, and many more.