BETHEL WOODS WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY FEST REVEALS LINEUP
The Live Nation-backed Bethel Woods Music and Arts Festival (Aug. 15-18), set to take place at the original site of 1969’s Woodstock festival has announced performers for the first two nights of the 50th anniversary tribute. Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band will perform Friday with Woodstock veterans Arlo Guthrie and Edgar Winter Band. Santana, who debuted onto the world stage at the 1969 event, will headline the second night at the 15,000-capacity amphitheater with the Doobie Brothers. Performers for Sunday will be announced soon. The first day of the festival (Aug. 15) will now include a director’s-cut screening of the documentary film “Woodstock.”
BBC RADIO 1 DJ ANNIE MAC TO HEAD EQUALISING MUSIC INITIATIVE
DJ and longtime host of BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac has been tapped to head Smirnoff’s Equalising Music initiative. The initiative aims to achieve a greater gender balance in the music industry. “So far we’ve raised awareness of unconscious bias towards female artists with Spotify, redressed the gender imbalance at festivals including Wireless, Lost Village and Snowbombing and empowered the next generation of female talent through a series of DJ and mentorship workshops. And we’re continuing to put our money where our mouth is,” said head of Smirnoff Sam Salameh.
MICHAEL JACKSON MUSICAL’S PRE-RELEASE IN CHICAGO CANCELLED
The Michael Jackson musical Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough is skipping plans to open at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago prior to its 2020 debut on Broadway. The Oct. 29-Dec 1 run wasn’t scrapped because of allegations in the 2019 film Leaving Neverland, but because of a labor dispute at the venue that caused delays for the show’s developmental lab, according to a statement from the Jackson estate. A rep for Actor’s Equity said the union was not to blame for the cancellation, calling the claim “disappointing.” Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough opens in New York in the summer of 2020 and features 25 hit songs from Jackson’s catalog.