After a few false alarms and copycats, it became official that there will be a 50 year anniversary festival for Woodstock this summer. It won’t be held at the original site in Bethel, New York, but instead in Watkins Glenn, New York on August 16-18. Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang says that over 40 acts have been booked on an “eclectic bill.” Lang describes the breakdown to Rolling Stone as “hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.”
While it may be an outside chance or a surprise for the end to not anger old timers now, if they do book some electronic acts, here are a few who might just fit in. Hip-hop wasn’t around in 1969, so electronic music could also have a place. One potential problem would be the production requirements for electronic music, but we will leave those details out of it.
If there are going to be electronic music acts, most of them should incorporate live elements into their show. Massive Attack can bring along singers from various records and blend in with their genre-blending and defying sound that skirts rock and electronic music. Celebrating 20 years of Mezzanine would make this the perfect time.
The best thing electronic music has to someone who was around 50 years ago and still doing it today is Kraftwerk (can you believe Kraftwerk have been making music for almost 50 years?). If you want a true ambassador for electronic music on this stage, Kraftwerk would be it. They command instant respect from everyone, even if it isn’t their cup of tea. Their production is off the charts and have one of the most unique live shows in the business.
Yes, I did just say that there should be live acts representing electronic music, but the Belleville Three could host a late night techno session to take people back to when the genre was first being born in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Woodstock is about a musical movement and defining culture. The Belleville Three did just that.
The Chemical Brothers:
Much like Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers would bring a sense of electronic music nostalgia, a powerful live show and stature to the genre that few other acts could. They have more new music they could rise, but also some iconic classics as well to play to the more casual fan.
The Prodigy: The Prodigy bring more crossover appeal with their music between punk, rock and electronic music. While their latest stuff may not have the same inspiration of old, their message of fighting the power and rage at the system is as important as ever at a counter-culture event like Woodstock.
Bonus - Daft Punk: One could dream right? This might be the biggest headliner of the festival, outside of some Pink Floyd of Zeppelin reunion or some sort of super jam with members of legendary 60s and 70s bands.