SFX Entertainment, MCP, and original Woodstock organizer look to bring ‘The Hudson’ new summer festival to ’94 Woodstock venue
In early fall of 2013, whispers that Insomniac’s EDC New York chapter was looking into tapping into the iconic and original ’94 Woodstock location Winston Farm ignited a heated chatter for the next step in festival experiences. Unfortunately, the request was denied by owners of the grounds, the Schaller family, who expressed their hesitation for hosting a large-scale dance music festival.
More recently, the ’94 Woodstock location has resurfaced as a potential holding grounds for yet another festival in-the-works: In December, the proposed ‘Hudson Arts and Music Festival’ won approval from the Saugerties Planning Board. As Insomniac’s previous endeavor proved, receiving approval to make use of the historic venue is no easy feat, but with Michael Lang, one of the original organizers of the 1989 Woodstock Music Festival spearheading the project, the future is looking bright for The Hudson.
The festival project has also received serious backing beyond Michael Lang: fellow production pioneer SFX Entertainment is to provide financing and MCP Presents, who also hosts Camp Bisco and CounterPoint, plans to aid organization as The Hudson moves forward.
Though the festival still faces official approvals from the Department of Health, county executives, and supervisors in regards to mass-gathering permits, logistics, and finalization, Saugerties Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel shared his positive outlook on the event’s future.
According to Record Online, documents have outlined revealing details for the future festival: Ticket price tags land from $150-$200 plus camping fees with an expectation to sell 20,000-25,000 tickets at a 30,000 person maximum capacity.
The Hudson Arts and Music Festival would feature not only dance music artists, but also hip-hop, indie, and hard rock. The event expects to host a total of 80 acts and 500 artists on the tentative date of July 10-13th.
Michael Lang explained that The Hudson may open up future opportunities for other concerts and festivals and shared his excitement. “[It’ll be] the first time anything’s been there since 1994.”
Via: Record Online