The man behind the legendary stateside music festival, Woodstock, is to open this year's The Big Chill Festival.
Image: Michael Lang on motorbike at Woodstock. © Henry Diltz
Now in its 15th year, the festival welcomes Michael Lang who will cut the tape on this year's action, before facing questions from chillers at Word in Motion stage.
It was forty years ago when Lang and fellow creator Artie Kornfield first conjured up people's emotions and truly captured the essence of the festival spirit and created what is widely regarded as one of the most significant moments in popular music history. It was 15th August 1969 when Woodstock opened to half a million people.
Eight months before the event, I had a dream. I was on a stage looking out at a sea of people, and I knew that was coming.
Speaking about Woodstock 1969, Michael Lang had this to say: “Eight months before the event, I had a dream. I was on a stage looking out at a sea of people, and I knew that was coming. I didn’t have the specifics of it, but I had the end results. I just followed that.”
Image: Michael Lang with Mel Lawrence (centre) © Henry Diltz
Big Chill co-founder Katrina Larkin said on the partnership: “Woodstock is seen as the perfect celebration of the 60’s peace and love movement. An ideal which the founders of The Big Chill hold dear and which has helped define the ethos of The Big Chill these past 15 years. It is yet to be seen if the skinny dipping that was so prevalent in the Filippini Pond in ‘69 will happen in the Eastnor pond this year. If it does then it is likely that Michael Lang will be the one leading the charge!”
The Big Chill: 6th – 9th August 2009
Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8
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