Before it even gets off the ground, it looks like Woodstock 50 might be a bust. According to Michael Lang, co-founder of the original 1969 affair and organizer of this year’s anniversary festival, concerns of the event’s cancellation are being dispelled as “rumors,” though an email went out to booking agents on Friday April 19 alerted recipients that online ticket sales have been postponed.
Woodstock 50 ticket sales were supposed to launch on April 22 in celebration of Earth Day, though now with the online sale’s postponement, an air of uncertainty seems to hang over the festival. An email from Woodstock 50’s talent buyer to agents with acts playing the event this summer reads,
“There is currently a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date. We are waiting on an official press statement from Woodstock 50 regarding updated announce, ticket pricing, and overall festival information. We will get this information to you as soon as we receive it.”
With no new date announced and a clear lack of viable information reaching booking and management teams, concerns for the event—due to be headlined by JAY Z, Santana, Dead & Company, and Miley Cyrus—seem to be more than unfounded rumors. However, speaking to Billboard, Lang says, “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for fifty years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention,” adding that fears of an impending cancellation were, “just more rumors.”
Industry insiders guess that behind the scenes, Woodstock 50 could be combating issues with investors or host venue Watkins Glen International Speedway which may be the cause of the ticket sale delay. Time will tell, though Woodstock 50 seems to be on thin ice.