Maybe the nation has changed. Forty years ago, the historic music festival, Woodstock occurred on a country farm field in New York state. But today, the promoter of that festival is looking to bring a 40th anniversary festival not to a rural setting but to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, says New York Daily News:
The summer of Love could be coming to Brooklyn if a promoter from the original Woodstock music festival has his way, the Daily News has learned.
Michael Lang, who helped put on the famous upstate 1969 festival, is hoping to stage a massive Woodstock 40th anniversary concert in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow this summer — if he can find enough sponsors.
“It’s big, it’s convenient. There’s public transportation – and Brooklyn’s cool,” said Lang, 64. “I’d love to do it. But it’s been a very tough year.”
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe confirmed the city is in talks with Lang about the event…….. “It’s a park we have been pointing concert promoters to,” said Benepe. “There’s no space anywhere in Central Park as large as the the Long Meadow in Prospect Park.”
Its somewhat hard to imagine such a festival in a city park in 1969, when the nation was turning its back to many cities, that were under siege from shrinking populations, riots and other problems. We’ve written several times on large music festivals finding their place in city parks, and its nice to see that not just cities are being dubbed “cool” but also the parks that help make them so.