Much like 50 years ago, 2019’s Woodstock 50 festival has been hit with setback after setback on it’s road to fruition. On April 29th, financial support for the festival was withdrawn with DANAL suggesting the festival had been cancelled, but this saw organiser Michael Lang respond, saying the company “do not have the right to unilaterally cancel the festival.” He’s now issued a longer statement again showing his determination to go ahead.
The festival had experienced some ticket sale issues and had decided to postpone the ticket release date. Then DANAL, AKA Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, issued a statement a few days ago stating they didn’t “believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock brand name.” “As a result and after careful consideration, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel the festival,”
Lang issued a longer statement in response to this and addressing the festival at a larger scale, he had words of encouragement for those wishing to attend the celebration. “It seems in a way that history is repeating itself, in July of 1969 we lost our site in Walkill and with only a month to go, we managed to move to Bethel. Woodstock was going to happen no matter what!”
Lang continued: “Yesterday, our financial partner, Dentsu-Aegis, made the decision to pull out and informed us that they were cancelling the festival at the same time they let the press release go public. We have yet to understand why they would try to prevent the festival from happening by seemingly undermining us in this way. It is one thing to decide for oneself that it is best to move on, but it is entirely another thing to try and close the door on us.”
He assured possible festival-goers that working was continuing with festival partners “NYS, Schuyler County and various parties to keep things on track”, suggesting the ecological efficacy of the festival was “too important to be derailed by shortsighted partners.”
“Woodstock never belonged to Dentsu, so they don’t have a right to cancel it, Woodstock belongs to the people and it always will. We don’t give up and Woodstock 50 will take place and will be a blast!”
At the moment, Woodstock 50 is still scheduled to take place on August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. And will be headlined by The Killers, Dead & Company, Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Santana, Chance The Rapper, Imagine Dragons, and Halsey.