About the Festival
History of Mysteryland
Weaving dreams into reality since 1993, Mysteryland reigns supreme as the world’s longest-running electronic music festival, serving as a driving force in the dance music revolution for over two decades. With roots deeply embedded in the Netherlands, where the festival emerged as the first gathering of its kind, Mysteryland has evolved into a two-day camping experience at the former Floriadeterrein in Haarlemmermeer. Today Mysteryland, and its many iterations, are globally renowned as a vanguard of creation, purveyors of the extraordinary and whimsical masters of event production.
Mysteryland first traversed the world’s festival stage in 2011, hosting its second namesake over international waters at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Chile. In the years following, Mysteryland took up residency on the legendary grounds of Woodstock in Bethel Woods, New York where the first edition of Mysteryland USA was brought to life in 2014. Returning once again to Bethel Woods for its fourth annual stateside experience, Mysteryland USA will incite the magic of Woodstock this June 9th – 12th, 2017.
Cultivating multi-sensory experiences built upon the pillars of music, culture, art & sustainability, we strive to evolve and push the boundaries with each festival edition that is produced around the globe. Mysteryland is an ID&T concept.
On August 15-18, 1969, half a million people descended upon Yasgur’s dairy farm in Upstate NY for four days of peace, love and music. That weekend embodied the spirit of the youth counterculture movement and was a defining moment in pop music history. Today, on that historic site sits Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which has welcomed the Mysteryland family with open arms since our first US festival edition was held on the grounds in 2014.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts carries the 1960s ideals of creative expression, civic engagement, equality and human compassion through its year-round events, exhibitions and community outreach. The non-profit cultural center features an outdoor amphitheater which has presented artists as diverse as Elton John, Sting and Dave Matthews Band – as well as Phish, Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Train, Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band. Bethel Woods’ 400-seat indoor Event Gallery presents music from a wide variety of genres in an intimate setting, and the annual Craft Beer and Wine festivals are among the region’s most exciting fall events. The Museum at Bethel Woods includes the historic Woodstock festival field, and a state-of-the art museum devoted to the study of the 1960s and Woodstock. Bethel Woods also offers a wide variety of programs and events which leverage the social, political and cultural impact of the Sixties.
History of Woodstock
In August 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair took place on a rainy weekend in Upstate NY. Over half a million people descended upon Yasgur’s farm to hear 32 world-renowned and up-and-coming acts perform over the course of four days. Richie Havens, Janis Joplin, Santana, The Who, Creedance Clearwater Revival and The Grateful Dead were some of the acts book for the lineup. Performer Joni Mitchell said, “Woodstock was a spark of beauty where half-a-million [youths] saw that they were part of a greater organism”. Like Woodstock, Mysteryland strives to push the envelope with our musical programming, inviting emerging artists, labels and collectives to share the stage with celebrated international acts, meticulously curated from across the multi-genre electronic music spectrum.
Woodstock will continue to go down in the history books as a Rock ‘N Roll miracle, where the ideals of peace and harmony were embraced by over half a million free-spirited kids, who danced the weekend away in a muddy field without adequate access to food, shelter or water. The power of music and the tranquility of the festival’s natural environment created the perfect concoction that seduced Woodstock revelers into a state of pure and utter bliss.