The Woodstock 50 festival, the event created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous festivals in the world, is facing yet more issues as it appears the venue for the event in August has now fallen through.
Watkins Glen International, the site where Woodstock 50 was set to take place August 16th-18th, has pulled out of hosting the festival. A statement released by the venue on Monday stated, “Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract. As such, WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival.”
The festival has moved to find another venue quickly as Festival Principal Gregory Peck said: “We are in discussions with another venue to host Woodstock 50 on August 16th—18th and look forward to sharing the new location when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks.”
The festival has been in the middle of, what feels like a constant, uphill struggle with putting the event on. First ticketing issues scared off audiences, then the festival’s chief financier, Dentsu, stopped its involvement. Dentsu citing health and safety concerns, disagreement over the site’s capacity, and other permitting issues as factors. While festival mouthpiece Michael Lang was ultimately successful in a court battle denying these claims, Dentsu kept their $17.8 million out of the Woodstock bank account.
Allegations of a lack of permitting and capacity issues mean that despite the vow to fight on Woodstock 50 is no closer to be on top of the hill.