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Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Chance The Rapper to headline Woodstock 50

The iconic music festival turns half a century old this August.

Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Chance The Rapper to headline Woodstock 50

Janet Huey displays her original ticket at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York, August 14, 2009. (File photo: REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

The iconic 1969 edition of Woodstock shaped a generation past. Half a century later, the music festival hopes to recapture that defining moment in history with the help of Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Chance The Rapper, Imagine Dragons, Halsey and more.

To be held at Watkins Glen, some 400 km west of the original 1969 festival site, this year’s edition will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair by featuring legacy acts, including Santana, John Fogerty and Dead and Company, who played the inaugural festival in 1969.

“It’ll be an eclectic bill,” festival organiser Michael Lang previously promised Rolling Stone of Woodstock 50. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival … I want it to be multi-generational. Woodstock ’94 was a nice mix of young and old and that’s kind of what we’re going for here.”

The final lineup lives up to Lang’s promise with hip-hop (Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels, Common, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Princess Nokia), rock (the Raconteurs, Greta Van Fleet, Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Courtney Barnett, Boygenius, Gary Clark Jr), pop (Miley Cyrus, Maggie Rogers, Halsey, Janelle Monae) and country (Anderson East, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Brandi Carlile).

The original Woodstock was a music festival held on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City, between Aug 15 – 18, 1969, which attracted an audience of more than 400,000. 32 acts performed outdoors and the weekend is regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history.

Tickets for Woodstock 50 will go on sale Apr 22.

Source: CNA/jv