Woodstock 50 Reportedly Canceled
It appears Woodstock 50 will not take place this August. The festival is supposed to be held August 16 – 18 at Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York in celebration of the original 1969 event. Woodstock 50 investors Dentsu Aegis Network say Woodstock 50 has been canceled, while organizers insist the festival is still on.
“We don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name,” read a portion of a statement from Woodstock 50 investors Dentsu Aegis Network as per Billboard. “Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought,” is the response from organizers to the Poughkeepsie Journal. Here’s the complete statement Billboard published from Dentsu Aegis Network:
It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements. We have a strong history of producing experiences that bring people together around common interests and causes which is why we chose to be a part of the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival. But despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.
As a result and after careful consideration, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel the festival. As difficult as it is, we believe this is the most prudent decision for all parties involved.
Dead & Company, Jay-Z, The Killers, Santana, The Raconteurs, Chance The Rapper, Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters and John Fogerty were among the acts on the Woodstock 50 lineup.