Celebrate Woodstock's 50th Anniversary With a 3-Day Music Festival at the Original Site

Courtesy of the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival
Courtesy of the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival

It might be time to bring the tie-dye headbands and bell bottoms out of storage. The legendary Woodstock concert is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the biggest way possible: with a three-day music festival at the same site where Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who performed in August 1969. As the Associated Press reports, the former Woodstock grounds in Bethel, New York will play host to musical acts spanning multiple genres from August 16 to 18, 2019.

The lineup for the event, called the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, hasn't been announced yet. However, both "prominent and emerging artists" will be on the bill, according to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which owns the concert and cultural venue as well as a '60s-themed museum on the site.

As for the "culture" half of the festival, it will feature "TED-style talks from leading futurists and retro-tech experts," as the arts center describes it. Guests will also have access to the forthcoming exhibit at the Museum at Bethel Woods We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for an Aquarian Future, which opens March 30.

Bethel Woods also held a festival marking the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in 2009, which featured performances by Richie Havens (who opened the original Woodstock), Country Joe McDonald, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat, and Jefferson Starship.

Although 400,000 people attended the original Woodstock—a seemingly impossible number by today's standards—the outdoor amphitheater at Bethel Woods holds just 15,000 people. Still, it's larger than a number of the country's other famous outdoor venues, like the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, or the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago.

In recent years, tourists have flocked to Bethel to take a historic walking tour of the Woodstock site. Last summer, researchers from New York's Binghamton University also held an archaeological dig to gain a deeper understanding of the grounds, but the "artifacts" they found were mostly shards of broken bottles and pull tabs from aluminum cans. Still, it helped them gain a better understanding of where certain performers stood, which will be used to create what the museum calls "interpretive walking routes" for the 50th anniversary festivities.

[h/t WJHL News]

Watch Freddie Mercury Sing 'Time Waits for No One' In a Previously Unreleased Video

Steve Wood, Express/Getty Images
Steve Wood, Express/Getty Images

There are a lot of things you probably don't know about Freddie Mercury, the Queen frontman whose life was as colorful as his stage persona. Offstage, the singer was famously enigmatic—a person bandmate Roger Taylor once described as "... shy, gentle, and kind.” Now, fans can catch a never-before-seen glimpse of the singer.

As Variety reports, a previously unreleased video of Mercury singing "Time Waits for No One” was recently dropped by Universal Music. Locked within the company’s vault since the time of its recording more than 30 years ago, in April 1986, the track was produced at Abbey Road Studios as part of Time, a concept album by Dave Clark (of the Dave Clark Five), based on a musical Clark created. Some will note how this version of the song is vastly different from the officially released track, which was an intentional choice.

"Dave Clark had always remembered that performance of Freddie Mercury at Abbey Road Studios from 1986,” Universal Music said in a statement. "The feeling [Clark] had during the original rehearsal, experiencing ‘goosebumps,’ hadn’t dissipated over the decades, and he wanted to hear this original recording—just Freddie on vocals and Mike Moran on piano.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Clark recounted the first time he ever saw Mercury perform: "I stood on the wings of the stage, and I was taken aback because this guy came out in a black leotard and I thought, ‘Wow, what’s this? Liza Minnelli?’ And then he opened his mouth and sang. It was unbelievable."

It was several years after witnessing that performance that Clark approached Mercury about joining the production for Time. Upon listening to a tape of "Time Waits for No One” and taking to it, Mercury agreed.

According to Universal Music’s announcement, Clark never lost those goosebumps he felt during that initial listen, and finally found the original footage in the spring of 2018. Now the video is available for listeners everywhere to share in the euphoric experience.

"The nice thing about the film is it’s Freddie on his own without anybody else, and it shows the emotion of the song,” Clark said. "We all know he’s a great singer, but I don’t think he’s been seen on his own with just a piano like this. It makes you realize how good somebody is.”

[h/t Variety]

The Bittersweet Detail You Might Have Missed in Game of Thrones's Final Episode

Gwendoline Christie in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale
Gwendoline Christie in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale
Helen Sloan, HBO

While the final episode of Game of Thrones was no doubt divisive, many of us can agree that Brienne of Tarth deserved better. One of her last scenes in the episode, "The Iron Throne," showed the newly-appointed knight putting aside any anger she might’ve had toward Jaime Lannister to finish his page in the White Book. The part was bittersweet after watching Jaime leave Brienne to be with his sister, Cersei—making us wish things could’ve turned out differently for our favorite knight.

There is one bittersweet detail in that scene that you might’ve missed, however, which makes it all the more sad. According to NME, one Twitter user voiced that they thought they heard the song “I Am Hers, She is Mine” playing in the background, which Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi considers to be the show’s wedding theme. Fans will remember the melody played when Robb Stark married Talisa back in season 2.

Djawadi has since confirmed it is the song, explaining to INSIDER why he included it:

"It's just a hint of what their relationship—if they had stayed together, if he was still alive—what it could have been. What they could have become. That's why I put that in there. I was amazed some people picked up on it. I was hoping people would go, 'Wait a minute, that's from season two.' And that was exactly my intent. I thought it would be very appropriate."

Though it’s only natural to imagine what could’ve happened if Jaime had stayed at Winterfell, let’s not forget that his honor (and character arc) went out the window when he headed back to King’s Landing.

[h/t NME]

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