Late Woodstock icon Richie Havens' ashes are to be scattered over the fabled 1969 festival site on the anniversary of the event's last day.

Havens famously kicked off the festival with a marathon performance that transformed him from folk performer to legend and he will be remembered on what will be the 44th anniversary of the event at New York state's Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on 18 August (13).

The music venue has been built on what was Max Yasgur's farm in Sullivan County, where 400,000 music fans celebrated three days of peace, love and bad weather in 1969.

Havens suffered a heart attack and died in April (13), aged 72.

Friends like actors Danny Glover and Louis Gossett, Jr, and musicians including Jose Feliciano and John Sebastian, will celebrate his life and music at a concert at the arts centre.

Woodstock organiser Michael Lang is also expected to take part.

His ashes will be spread over the site by plane.