Thirty years after its first fabled outing and just five years after its second less successful coming, the Woodstock festival comes to Europe. Woodstock '99 hopes to attract 300,000 people to a purpose built site 400km outside of Vienna on the weekend of 16 to 18 July. The following weekend the whole show will move onto the festival's 1994 site near Saugerties in Upstate New York, close to the famous village itself. To date no artists have been confirmed but Michael Lang, one of the original co-founders of the '69 fest and the main organiser of the 1994 repeat, promises "an amazing line-up which will include the best of international talent to be found in the world today and some never to be repeated collaborations". Tickets for Woodstock '99 are on sale on the Internet (www.oeticket.com).
The total solar eclipse takes place on 11 August and one of the best places to witness it is in Cornwall. Shrewd festival organisers have slated the Totality event to last for several days either side of the eclipse from 6 to 20 August. With Grooverider, Doc Scott and Annie Nightingale among those confirmed, it's very much a DJ-led event. Tickets are available now from their website www.totality.co.uk or on 01637 871999).
Meanwhile, other key dates for regular big-hitting festivals are Glastonbury (25-27 June), T In The Park (10-11 July), Phoenix (15-18 July),
Guildford (23-25 July), Womad (23-25 July), V99 (21-22 August) and Reading (27-29 August). TP