Woodstock 19 won’t be like Woodstock 69. Get that in your head. It’s been over 50 years so don’t expect the same music culture. America is not at war with Vietnam. You can’t compare Miley Cyrus with Jannis Joplin or Jay-Z with Jimi Hendrix.
Now that your head is straight, let’s look at the lineup:
A (very) Mixed Genres
At first glance, the headliners are a mix of everything including some legendary acts (Santana). You can see the idea is something for everyone (if you’re still in 69, move along, like 50 years).
You’ve got some pop, rock, rap, legendary acts, you name it.
Just imagine yourself watching Santana playing as they used to.
Still, there are 2 huge music genres you won’t see in Woodstock 50:
Some people also say the Woodstock 19 lineup resembles the Bonnaroo 2008 lineup. Could be, but I’m sure if Bonnaroo existed in 69, it would have resembled the Woodstock 69 lineup. See for yourself the lineup:
There are so much more festivals today back then, so it only makes sense. Is Woodstock Festival 19 better than other festivals such as Bonnaroo 19? Probably not, but I’ll get to that.
A natural fit would have been Tame Impala, but you can’t have them all…
But the remaining question is:
Is anyone on the list worth it?
Let’s start by saying, if you’re part of a fan base of anyone, then no problem (depending on ticket price, but we’ll get to that).
If not, then I’ll choose some mixed acts for you.
The easiest way to do that is to who we want to see live is by the stages:
My Woodstock Choices for You
Here are my acts you can choose from or say my choices are shit. That’s totally fine by me.
Friday – August 16
The Music Stage – Santana. One of the original 69’s, Santana will always know their stuff, and they are legends.
The Peace Stage – The Raconteurs. These dudes are a perfect fit for Woodstock.
The Love Stage – Run the Jewels. Different from the acts mentioned before, but seeing these guys live is worth it.
Saturday – August 17
The Love Stage – Used to be the Black keys but they cancelled. Instead, go for Edward Sharpe & and the Magnetic Zeros. This act will give you a ‘good feeling’ which any festival craves.
The Music Stage – Portugal. The Man. If any band can get you addicted, it’s these guys.
The Peace Stage– Sturgill Simpson. Bringing back the simplicity of a guitar.
Sunday – August 18
The Peace Stage– Jay Z. Some may disagree (probably a lot), but Jay Z will get you moving.
The Love Stage – Cage the Elephant. These dudes just know how to give a performance (and the music is good).
The Love Stage – Halsey. I like a lot of her music, and she can perform (expect New Americana, that – is – garbage).
I hope I cleared your mind about the lineup.
From what you’ve seen, there should be at least 2-3 acts that are right for you.
The Complete Woodstock 19 Lineup List by Stage
With so many other festival lineups it still might be hard to choose (unless EDM or Heavy Metal is ‘you’).
Well, what about the ticket prices?
How much are Woodstock 2019 Tickets?
Woodstock Festival 2019 tickets were originally to be sold on April 22, 2019, but the organizers postponed to an unknown date.
On the bright side, we do have a range for how much Woodstock 19 tickets will cost you.
Let’s have a look then:
The most common and cheapest – GA (General Admission) Tickets
Looking into Bonnaroo 4 day tickets, the first tier was $279, and the last one is $349. Another festival, Shaky Knees is at $189 for the cheapest 3-day tickets.
If the tickets will sell fast (you should bet on it), then our guess would be around $280. I believe the size of the festival is much closer to Bonnaroo, and there I honestly see only 1 tier.
For Woodstock Festival 2019. It’s also 1 day less than Bonnaroo.
Notice the price is without camping fees, which we will get to later.
For some extra luxury – VIP Tickets
If there will be VIP tickets for Woodstock 50 anniversary, well, you’ll need a deeper pocket. Bonnaroo VIP costs a whopping $825, while Shaky Knees costs $695.
Still playing on the VIP option, you will most likely need to dig out around $750.
Going Royalty all the way – Platinum Tickets
Same as VIP tickets, Platinum tickets are in doubt. But if Woodstock 19 go platinum, then prepare for the entire royalty set. Bonnaroo platinum is at $3275 and Shaky Knees $1600.
Cheap, isn’t it? Well, looking at these festivals, you should have around $3000 spare as I see it.
That’s just the tickets.
What about camping and getting there? Food?
There’s an extra estimation for camping and food you can see in the event extras below.
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Continue reading to see 4 useful Woodstock tips and some travel tips in the event extras.
As mentioned before, here’s what’s next for your Woodstock 19:
-Woodstock Festival 2019 Q&A
-What to Bring?
-4 essential Woodstock 19 tips
-What to do in Watkins Glen and around
-Camping and staying around Woodstock
-Getting there with cars, shuttle and more
-A word or 2 about the Woodstock history.
Q&A to your Woodstock Legendary 19 questions
1. Where is the closest hospital near Watkins Glen?
Schuyler Hospital is the closest hospital near Watkins Glen.
You can get there by highway 14, and it’s located near Mountain Falls, around 10 minutes’ drive from Watkins Glen. There’s also a medical center in Watkins Glen named Arnot Health Medicare.
In any case, it’s advised to use Woodstock’s 50 first aid before rushing out of the festival.
2. Who are the organizers of Woodstock 2019?
The organizers for Woodstock 2019 are Michael Lang (the same one from Woodstock 69), with Woodstock Ventures LLC.
3- Will Woodstock be free?
No. Woodstock Festival 2019 is not a free venue. Woodstock is a Low Liability Company (LLC) listed in the United States.
4- Is Woodstock dog-friendly?
No. Animals of any kind are not allowed into the music festival. On a personal note, your animal would have suffered in Woodstock. Don’t bring your pet.
5- Is Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes?
Yes. Watkins Glen is in the Finger Lakes region, which also includes the venue of Woodstock 2019: Watkins Glen National Park.
6- Are there free water stations in Woodstock 50?
Unless the organizers surprise us, there will be free water stations in Woodstock 19. In 99 there were also free water stations, and by almost all festivals have free and clean water stations.
7- What is the capacity of Woodstock 2019?
The capacity of Woodstock 2019 is currently around 75,000 people. Before it was around 120,000 people. It includes camping and non-camping. The number of available tickets and capacity are not confirmed yet by the Woodstock organizers.
8- Are Open Flame Grills allowed in Woodstock 50?
No. Open Flame Grills are not allowed in Woodstock Festival 2019. In fact, open flame grills are not allowed in other Watkins Glen events. This is largely because of the charcoal ban.
9- What is the age limit of Woodstock 19?
The current age limit of Woodstock 2019 is 21 and over. This might be subject to change by the festival organizers.
10- Is it allowed to bring your own alcohol?
Yes, but only in the camping zone. Bringing your own alcohol to the festival stage area won’t be permitted. There also might be an alcohol limit (yet to be confirmed) in the camping zone.
Now that you know all about the festival, you still need to know what to bring. Get ready to pack.
11- What will the weather be like in Woodstock 50 and Watkins Glen?
At the highest level the weather in Watkins Glen will be around 82 Fahrenheit. At the lowest around 57 Fahrenheit. The forecast can change until August.
What to bring for Woodstock Festival 2019?
Like in any other festival, there are your ‘must haves’, your maybes, and personal items.
Since no 2 people won’t arrive the same way, we’ll see 4 ways:
– The absolute must-haves
– If you are Camping
– Items that could help
– If you’re with a car (all are optional)
The absolute must-haves:
Personal hygiene items such as
Tooth Paste (1 per group)
Period pads (For the ladies)
Cash + 15% more than your original budget
2 – big water bottles or a hydro bag (you can refill in the festival)
2 – lighters (1 always gets lost)
Bring clothes for each day (+1 extra. You never know)
Warm clothes (Could get cold at night)
1 – Umbrella
Comfortable shoes (or comfortable sandals)
1 – Phone charger
1 – non-plastic bag (to clean up after yourself)
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If you are Camping:
A powerful lantern (per group. Your phone won’t be enough)
1 – Towel
1 – Shampoo (per group)
3 – paper rolls (per person)
1 – Shower Gel (per group)
First aid kit
1 – big carpet (for a group)
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Items that could help
Dry food (nuts, dry meet, fruit)
Plastic against rain (for your bags)
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If you’re with a car (all are optional)
1- large cooler
1 – air mattress
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You’ll also have your own items. But keep these in mind and don’t over pack if you’re without a car.
Your very own 4 essential Woodstock Festival 2019 Tips
1# Always (and I mean it) stay hydrated
The last thing you want is to find yourself waking up in a hospital bed knowing that the festival is all over for you.
Bring electrolytes to stay extra hydrated. You can also bring a hydration bag to keep your festival going.
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2# Choose your acts before
Let’s face it, you won’t see every act in Woodstock. So what you can do is prepare for your favorite acts, and leave space for artists and stages you’ve never heard of. That way, you won’t feel you missed out on any big act.
3# Leave your troubles at home
Yes, I admit, it’s a cliché. But many clichés have a good point, and never more in a festival like Woodstock. You have to be free minded and loving to enjoy all Woodstock 2019 will offer you.
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4# Conserve your energy
Festivals are marathons. Ask anyone with festival experience they will all say the same.
Think about it this way:
You peaked so hard on your first night. But on the other 2 nights, you burnt out and couldn’t even see your favorite act. Or enjoy the entire Woodstock experience. Meh.
After the prices and lineup, you must be thinking:
Should I go to Woodstock Festival 2019?
From the ticket prices (if the valuation is correct) and the lineup you should be at Woodstock 50. I know I’ll be there.
The festival won’t be as legendary as the 69 one, but awesome people will be there with great vibes and good music.
Woodstock Festival 2019 will be a unique experience and might be the only Woodstock you’ll ever attend. All you have to do is think of that moment you’ll see your ticket.
No. Woodstock Festival 2019 will only sell the complete 3 day tickets to the event.
Michael Lang the Woodstock 50 organizer has confirmed this.
WHAT TO DO?
What to do in Watkins Glen and around Woodstock?
Thought about spending a couple of day Watkins Glen?
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There are some activities you can do before and after the festival, including:
Scuba Diving in Seneca Lake.
A romantic night cruise (also in Seneca Lake).
Hike in one of the many natural parks nearby such as the Finger Lakes National Forest.
Spend a relaxing day in the town of Watkins Glen. Great for winding down after the 3-day festival.
WHERE TO STAY?
Where to Stay for Woodstock 2019?
Most of us would stay in camping (including me). But there will also be Airbnb houses and hotels near Woodstock.
With 4 main camping options, the question is which one is for you?
You may also wonder, what are the camping rules?
I’ll show all the camping options and rules for Woodstock Festival 2019, so you won’t have to stress out.
See your camping options:
Just you and your tent
You (or maybe with friends) arrive at the festival with only your tent.
Like all other festivals, the regular Woodstock GA ticket should cover your camping as well.
This is one of the better options for tourists or if you’re on a budget.
If you’re wondering how to get there, see our transportation section for shuttles and more.
The general car camping
Not like ‘just you and your tent’, you will have to pay an extra fee for your car. More like the parking of the car.
If you’re in the camping zone with your car, except to pay more than parking it outside the camping grounds.
Otherwise, the rest won’t be different than just bringing your own tent.
The huge advantage is you’ll have a lot more storage (for the fun stuff).
For the first time, Woodstock is offering glamping (weird isn’t it?).
If you’ve never heard of glamping, I’ll explain:
Glamping is staying in a fancy tent (a pre-set much larger tent). You’ll have many commodities such as a real bed and a private bathroom (among others).
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Since Glamping is a VIP option, it will cost more (by that I mean a hell of a lot more). Our estimated price is around $3500, and tickets will be minimal.
If you have the festival budget, and privacy is a big must for you, then go for it.
The downside of glamping you’ll miss out on the camping experience. Most of the best stories come from the camping zone.
Riding with your RV (or Motor Home)
If you’re planning on an RV, put this in your mind first:
There will be limited (even very limited) passes. So you’ll have to act fast when the tickets are available.
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Parking your RV will have an extra cost. Prepare up to $800, although Personally, I think it will be around $500.
Don’t Forget the Camping Rules
Before we have a look into other lodging options, keep in mind camping as camping have its rules. Woodstock festival is no different.
Here is partly list Woodstock 2019 camping rules:
No open flames will be allowed.
There are 27,000 designated campsites.
Only up to 4 people allowed per campsite.
Bathrooms are not personal in the regular camping zone.
If you skipped the Q&A: You’re allowed to bring your own alcohol to the camping zone, but not the stages area. No one said how much can you bring, but it’s advised not to go over the top so there won’t be any problems.
After having a zoom into camping, let’s see what other lodging options are there.
Places to Stay Around Woodstock 19
The most common ones are apartments, hotels, and B&B’s.
Unless you already booked your place, Watkins Glen is almost entirely booked out.
Other options include around a 30-minute drive from Ithaca, Elmira, Geneva, and Cornith.
you should know re-entry to Woodstock will have limitations.
For example; you can enter on August 16 around 11am, but if you leave around 4pm, you won’t be able to come back the same day.
I’ll keep you updated for any rules changes so you’ll know before booking your place.
If you’re going to camp, but want to stay some days after or before the festival in other cities further away (New York, Buffalo, Philadelphia, among others), then book your place here:
WHERE TO EAT?
Where and What to eat in Woodstock (and Watkins Glen)
No food vendor list or info has been released yet from the Woodstock festival organizers.
What you can expect is a variety for everyone’s taste and differences.
If you’re coming with your car or RV, I’d suggest you bring your own food and drink. You’ll save a lot of money on your budget.
Watkins Glen also has some tasty food going around. One thing is for sure, they have fresh fish.
HOW TO GET THERE?
How to get to Woodstock Festival 2019 and Watkins Glen?
Depending on your very own transportation, there are many, many ways to get there (except a bus. I’ll get to that).
I’ll show you how to get there by:
Bus (only near Watkins Glen)
Arriving by flight – Great for the long distance travelers
The closest airports near Watkins Glen are in Ithaca and Elmira. Both are 30 minutes away from Woodstock 2019.
If the prices though are too high, you have other options such as:
Binghampton – Around 1:30 hours’ drive.
Rochester – Around 1:40 hours’ drive.
Syracuse – Around 1:40 hours’ drive.
Depending on where you’re coming from, you should check each of the 5 options for the best price.
If you’re considering a shuttle, then you might want to look at places such as:
New York, Buffalo, and Philadelphia (the distance though is much larger). Shuttles will most likely leave from these cities.
Shuttles from various spots
The shuttle destinations haven’t been confirmed yet.
So you would want to consider you flight destination if you’re planning on a shuttle to Woodstock.
From other festivals I’ve seen, I’ll be very surprised if there aren’t any shuttles from all the destinations mentioned above.
I’ll keep you updated about any changes about the shuttles. It’s the best option if you’re without a car.
Arriving with your Car or RV
If you’re bringing your own vehicle to the fest, don’t forget about the 2 things:
Extra parking fee.
The traffic near Woodstock 50.
Getting there won’t be a problem with many roads and intersections leading to the festival.
Use Waze or any other GPS system (or a map if you want to go ‘old school’).
Buses and Trains
There is no direct bus to Watkins Glen so you can scratch that option. The closest bus is near Ithaca and Elmira.
Guess what? There’s also no train either. Not even a station in Ithaca nor Elmira. Forget about the railroad system.
So what should you do?
If you’re coming from a considerable distance, take a flight to one of the 5 destinations above. From there renting a car (if you’re a group) is a worthy option.
If not, you’ll probably have a shuttle. If there’s no shuttle spend on an Uber or taxi to get there.
If your close and you have an RV or a car, bring them. Seriously, it will make your entire Woodstock experience better.
The Unforgettable Woodstock History
Woodstock 69 is without a doubt the most famous and legendary festival in history.
You’re allowed to disagree, but I don’t think you will. In a time of war, Woodstock 69 was a place of love and hope.
Books, articles, movies, you name it – almost everyone knows at least something about Woodstock 69.
There’s a feeling that everyone said something about the legendary festival. I agree with that feeling.
So instead here’s a video of the all famous festival, with some Woodstock facts below:
What year was the Woodstock Festival 1969?
August 15 – August 18, 1969.
Where was Woodstock 1969?
In the dairy farm Max Yasgur near White Lake in Bethel, New York State.
Who played at Woodstock 69?
Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Santana, Grateful Dead, Tim Harden, The Who, and many others.
The 69 Woodstock lineup consisted of many names that became legendary even to this date of 2019.
How many people died at Woodstock 69?
2. People tend to think there were more deaths because of the quantity of the crowd. But the festival was all about peace and love.
How many people went to Woodstock 69?
Around 1 million people attended the festival. It was initially meant for 50,000 people, but the situation got out of control and grew to 1 million.
There was also a Woodstock 94 and a Woodstock 99
Less known among music festival fans are these 2 fests. None were legendary.
But the 99 festival was dubbed as the opposite of the 69 festival: a total disaster. I hope we’re not in for another 99 festival…