Woodstock 50 Lineup Announced: The Killers, Jay-Z, Dead & Company, Miley Cyrus, Many More
Woodstock will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a big, weird assortment of actsPhotos by Kevin Winter/Getty, Theo Wargo/Getty, Gary Gershoff/Getty, Steven Ferdman/Getty Music News Woodstock 50
Woodstock 50, the new “peace, love and music” festival from the co-founder and producer of Woodstock’s legendary original iteration, revealed its lineup on Tuesday night. The big, weird assortment of 80+ performers blends new artists and legacy acts, some of whom performed at the festival back in 1969.
Headliners include The Killers, Jay-Z, Dead & Company, Miley Cyrus, Santana, Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys, Imagine Dragons and Halsey. Santana and Dead & Company, of course, are veterans of Woodstock ‘69, while other legacy acts include Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, David Crosby and Friends, John Fogerty, Canned Heat, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian and Melanie.
Other standout performers include The Raconteurs, who recently announced their first show in eight years; Run The Jewels, who are currently at work on their fourth album; Akon, who apparently still performs music; the newly resurgent Black Keys, who simply must have a new album on the way; Greta Van Fleet, who never for one moment were not going to play this festival, and are doing so alongside Led Zeppelin frontman Plant, no less; and Boygenius, who—fun fact—are just the absolute best.
Daily schedules break down like so:
Scheduled on Aug. 16, Friday: The Killers, Miley Cyrus, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Run The Jewels, The Head and The Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs, Anderson East, Akon, Princess Nokia, Grandson, Fever 333, Larkin Poe, Dorothy, Flora Cash, Brian Cadd, Ninet Tayeb and more.
Scheduled on Aug. 17, Saturday: Chance The Rapper, The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dawes, Margo Price, Nahko And Medicine For The People, India.Arie, Jade Bird, Rival Sons, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, SiR, Taylor Bennett, Amy Helm, Courtney Hadwin, Pearl, John-Robert, IAMDDB. and more.
Scheduled on Aug. 18, Sunday: Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage the Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, Young the Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and The Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius, Reignwolf, The Zombies, Pussy Riot, Cherry Glazerr, Leven Kali, The Marcus King Band, Victory, Hollis Brown, John Craigie, Amigo The Devil, Liz Brasher and more.
“We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain 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,” said Michael Lang, the aforementioned architect of both the 1969 and 2019 Woodstock festivals. “Our hope is that today, just as in 1969, music will be the constant that can inspire positive change.”
Woodstock 50 takes place on the fest’s 50th anniversary weekend, Aug. 16-18, at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Tickets go on sale on Earth Day, April 22.
See the fest’s lineup poster below, beneath an original Woodstock-era Santana performance from the Paste archives.