Word came down Monday that Woodstock 50 had been canceled. Woodstock co-founder and promoter Michael Lang later indicated he’s not ready to call the event dead yet.
The anniversary festival announced for August 16th, 17th and 18th in Watkins Glen, New York was called off.
Dentsu Aegis Network, which is funding the festival, released a statement:
“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.”
We have reached out to Lang for further comment but have yet to hear back.
Among the artists Lang had lined up for are Robert Plant, Santana, Dead & Company, Imagine Dragons, Jay-Z, David Crosby, Greta Van Fleet andJohn Fogerty. We haven't heard a reaction from any of them yet.
Woodstock co-founder and promoter Michael Lang says this announcement comes as a complete surprise and he's not ready to call the fest dead just yet. His office has issued a statement saying, "Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival's cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought."