Update: Woodstock 50 Organizer Claims that the Festival Has Not Been Canceled
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Update: On Monday (April 29th) Woodstock 50 investors announced that the festival — which is set to happen from August 16h to 18th — had been canceled. Soon after that, Michael Lang. a Woodstock co-founder and organizer for the upcoming festival, disputed this claim. Lang released a statement saying that Woodstock 50 was still happening:
We are committed to ensuring that the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock is marked with a festival deserving of its iconic name and place in American history and culture. Although our financial partner is withdrawing, we will of course be continuing with the planning of the festival and intend to bring on new partners. We would like to acknowledge the State of New York and Schuyler County for all of their hard work and support…The bottom line is, there is going to be a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival, as there must be, and it’s going to be a blast.”
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Woodstock 2019 has been canceled.
According to a report in Billboard, Woodstock 50 — the 50th-anniversary celebration of the historic festival — was slated to take place August 16-18, but has been shut down due to “concerns about the capacity of the festival, site readiness and permitting issues.”
Artists who had been scheduled to perform included JAY-Z, Santana, Chance the Rapper, Gary Clark Jr., Janelle Monáe, The Zombies, Princess Nokia, and more.
On Monday (April 29) Dentsu Aegis Network officials funding the festival released a statement to Billboard that reads as follows:
“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.”
Relive DMX’s 1999 Woodstock performance below.