Upcoming music festival Woodstock 50, scheduled to be held for its 50th anniversary in Watkins Glen, New York from August 16 to 18, has been canceled, The Fader reports. One of the festival funders Dentsu Aegis Network declares the cancellation is caused by the production problems, while the festival itself denies the claim of cancellation, stating they would be seeking a “legal remedy”.
Woodstock 50 music festival promises a premier lineup featuring Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus, The Killers, Halsey and many more. The tickets sales were set to begin on April 22 but have been postponed due to unknown reasons. The new tickets sale date was not released.
“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements,” the statement from Dentsu Aegis Network provides. “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.” The statement adds, “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.”
However, Woodstock’s co-creator, Michael Lang, said to Billboard that “we do not have a statement and are awaiting further advice.” A representative for the festival claims to the Poughkeepsie Journal that “Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought.”
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