There seems to be a bit of confusion on whether or not Woodstock 50 will take place this August and no, it has nothing to do with the lineup. A spokesperson for Dentsu Aegis, the Japanese financial partner of Woodstock 50 has revealed the anniversary festival has been called off. Billboard, Consequence of Sound, and Metal Injection have confirmed the event’s cancellation (which could soon change). However, this is a developing story and Variety has reported a rep for the festival informed the Poughkeepsie Journal that they “vehemently” deny the event being cancelled.
The three-day anniversary festival was scheduled to take place on August 16th-18th in Watkins Glen, New York. Headliners included The Killers, Dead & Company, Jay-Z and many more.
Variety reports they received a statement on behalf of Dentsu’s investment arm, Amplify Live, reading:
“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.”
Organizers for this year’s Woodstock shared the following message to the Poughkeepsie Journal:
“Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought.”
According to Variety, Dentsu felt the production couldn’t be met, and the site could not accommodate the 100,000+ anticipated attendees. Additionally, their source also mentioned the necessary permits had not been obtained yet, and the overall infrastructure was not sufficient for a three-day camping festival.
Variety has also reported Tim O’Hearn, administrator for Schuyler County, confirmed to Variety earlier this afternoon (29th) on Dentsu cancelling the event but he hasn’t been contacted by the festival organizers just yet.