The lineup for Woodstock 50 has been heavily hinted at, and you’re probably going to wanna get that annual leave and overseas trip sorted ASAP because if these headliners are anything to go by, it’s going to be a hell of a long weekend in Watkins Glen, New York.
Despite not having an official lineup dropped just yet, Variety has reported that Jay-Z, Dead & Company (that Grateful Dead outfit that John Mayer plays with), Chance The Rapper, and The Black Keys are sitting pretty atop the bill of the festival going down on August 16-18, leaning away from the original rock n’ roll/psychedelic/folk vibe of the 1969 Woodstock.
Australia is looking to be represented at the event by Courtney Barnett so far, who sits alongside Jack White‘s Raconteurs, Greta Van Fleet, Bishop Briggs, Imagine Dragons, Run The Jewels, Cage The Elephant, The Killers, Gary Clark Jr., Sturgill Simpson, Portugal. The Man, The Lumineers, Dawes, Pussy Riot, and Dorothy on the festival’s billing, unless something happens between now and the official announcement.
It’s also rumoured that Janelle Monae, Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves, Halsey, and Brandi Carlile are in final negotiations to appear at the festival.
It has also been reported that OG Woodstock performers Robert Plant and Santana are heavy potentials for the Woodstock 50 festival, despite Santana already being slated to play a separate event – the Bethdel Woods Music & Culture Festival at the original Woodstock site – alongside Ringo Starr and The Doobie Brothers.
It’ll be interesting to see if Dead & Co follow the same fate of The Grateful Dead’s set in ’69 where they had to cut the set short after blowing out an amp.
We’ll keep you updated for when the full lineup drops, but if this little taste is anything to go by, it’s going to be a hell of a party in the paddock.