Woodstock 50: What happens next?

If promoter Michael Lang is able to salvage Woodstock 50, will it go forward with the list of acts he announced in March?

Billboard reports that now that the decision by the event's sponsor to back out voids the artist contracts.

John Fogerty, David CrosbySantanaDead and Company and Robert Plant are among the acts who have removed Woodstock 50 from their posted tour schedules. The concert industry publication Pollstar still has it listed.

A rep for a booking agency representing some of the artists says, "We're not even going to have a discussion with Lang until we see that every permit needed for this event has been secured. I'd also like to hear how he plans to convince fans to buy tickets for an event that's been already canceled."

Lang's production partner, Superfly, the company behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, has also pulled out.

A source tells Rolling Stone, "With Superfly leaving the fold, that’s just the death knell. Any festival-goer knows now that Superfly doesn’t have faith in it. I don’t know how you recover from that. It’s impossible... It just feels so unwieldy.”

Lang's lawyer Marc Kasowitz (who also represents President Trump) says, "All stakeholders, including the entertainers, should proceed with the understanding that the event will take place as planned and if they have any questions, they should reach out directly.”

Original plans called for Woodstock 50 to be held on August 16th, 17th and 18th at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, New York.

 
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