The location of Mysteryland’s inaugural U.S. event is no coincidence. It is the first music festival to return to the hallowed grounds where Woodstock took place. “Mysteryland has had a tremendous impact on the music world and it is the logical festival to follow in the footsteps of the original ground-breaking music event, Woodstock,” said Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and CEO of SFX Entertainment.
“This is more than just a music festival. This is a seminal event that marks the same kind of Revolution in society that Woodstock signified,” said Sillerman, whose SFX acquired ID&T, the producer of Mysterland, earlier this year. “Woodstock changed everything when it took place in 1969 – music, culture, the way we looked at the world. Mysteryland did the same 20 years ago, when it started what is now a tidal wave of electronic music festivals and Electronic Music Culture (EMC), which engages hundreds of millions of people across the planet. SFX is proud to have the honor of producing Mysteryland at the home of Woodstock.”
The festival marks an historic moment for ID&T, the producers of successful global festivals such as Sensation, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld and Q-dance.
“Woodstock represented the music of a new generation and cultural tour de force for the changing times, and today Mysteryland brings together the global forces of dance music for the millennial generation’s revolution,” said Duncan Stutterheim, a founder and current executive of ID&T.
Promoters from all over the world have been trying for decades to convince the owners of the Bethel Woods site, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, to host large-scale festivals in this special location. After a year of talks, ID&T won approval for the first U.S. edition of Mysteryland, which is also held annually in the Netherlands and Chile. The 20th edition of Mysteryland in the Netherlands took place in August 2013, selling out all 60,000 tickets.
Mysteryland will also present its first musical partner, Sunday School, which will host a mini-fest. Originally created in 2006 at the Winter Music Conference, Made Event’s Sunday School is the definitive cutting edge techno and house music party and will continue to be so, with three dedicated stages and a cross-section of today’s and tomorrow’s future techno stars.