Woodstock ’99 Announces...
30th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair will take place
in Rome, New York, running from July 23rd through July 25th, 1999.
site of the Woodstock ’99 Festival will be the former Griffiss Air
Force base, a picturesque location at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains.
show will be held at the 3,600 acre Griffiss Park, formerly an Air
Force Base in Rome, NY, 50 minutes west of Albany, not far from Syracuse.
The event was announced by Michael Lang, along with John Scher and
Ossie Killkenny. "Every generation deserves its own Woodstock," said
Scher. "It brings together people from all over the country and the
world to celebrate the spirit of the original event as well as the
spirit and the music of the moment."
addition to two main stages with simultaneous entertainment, there
will be an arts village, a film festival, experimental theater, concessions
village, beer gardens, ecology displays, craft demos, technology parks,
video walls and we hour raves. The line-up of Woodstock talent is
impressive. Click here
for bands/artists list.
roster is a good mixture of the current wave of top artists, as well
as fresh spirit and social consciousness - of particular importance
to the Woodstock organizers. It is as ambitious as the original. The
ambition lies not only in the massive size of the eclectic roster
or the size of the crowd, expected to run about 250,000, but in the
message and spirit it strives to impart.
isn't just a concert, it's a rite of passage," says Michael Lang,
producer of the original fest as well as the '94 event. "Woodstock
has become the Olympics of music festivals -- so that every five years
we can step out of ourselves and celebrate diversity, people and great
music." "Woodstock isn't a place, it's a state of mind," note organizers.
a fair-sized city with its own hospital, utilities systems, transportation,
fire, communications and of course security, which will have five
sub-stations manned by 2,800 security personnel. A 12-foot, mural-covered
commemorative "Woodstock Wall" will enclose the entire concert grounds
to help keep out the determined fence-shredding gate-crashers of '94.
will be 3.6 million gallons of drinking water, with800 "Family of
Woodstock" staff members roaming the grounds and providing information
and quick response services. 2,000 portable toilets will facilitate
the masses as well as comics who will need material about the media
event of the season.
1999 festival is expected to pump some $30 million into the region's
economy, which should please the locals like it did most of the townsfolk
in Suagerties, NY, where the '94 fest was held. ''We've had a business
here for 35 years and we'd been holding on by the skin of our teeth,''
said Saugerties hotel owner Fran Farber at the time. ''The festival
saved us from bankruptcy.''
NYC police chief of transportation Kenneth Donohue, who will lead
the security staff, said "The main differences between '94 and this
show are: first, we have much better control of ticketing and admissions;
second, the venue's existing structure will add to the show and the
fence will prevent gate crashing and third, the organizational structure
is much more efficient. The producers wanted me to 'spare no expense'
to make sure the event was safe and as well-run as possible."
and ticket/transportation are available from Ticketmaster outlets
in the Northeast U.S.
The 1994 25th Anniversary Woodstock festival
took place in Saugerties, New York. And, while organizers had planned
to return this year, Rome proved to be a more suitable site. "We were
seriously exploring the possibility of returning to Saugerties," explained
Woodstock founder and producer Michael Lang. "but because of certain
time constraints and logistics we’ve decided that Rome would be the
year’s festival will capture all the spirit and excitement that made
the two previous Woodstock festivals the defining events of their
generations. Musically it will be nothing short of amazing," added
co-producer John Scher of the Metropolitan Entertainment Group.
Executive Ralph Eannace and Rome Mayor Joseph A. Griffo said that
Woodstock ’99 offers the Mohawk Valley an unprecedented opportunity.
Griffo said, "We are very excited about hosting the world’s most famous
music festival and look forward to the substantial economic and cultural
boost it will give our community. We are confident that we can work
together with the producers for a successful event."
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