Woodstock 50 organizers have their eyes on a smaller location following Watkins Glen permit loss

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Woodstock 50 organizers have their eyes on a smaller location following Watkins Glen permit lossElliott Landy Woodstock

Despite numerous cancellation rumors, the loss of key investors, and most recently the loss of their location permit, Woodstock 50 is still apparently on. The festival is reportedly seeking a permit to host its event at Vernon Downs, a horse racing and casino town in Oneida County, near Utica, New York. The location change comes after previous location, Watkins Glen, NY officially pulled Woodstock’s permit. Watkins Glen put out an official release, citing, “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.”

Festival co-founder Michael Lang has not let these complications stop the planning from moving forward, but it remains to be seen whether this is the right approach for a festival that has been riddled with challenges from the outset. Woodstock 50 is still scheduled to go on from August 16-18, but due to the location change, it will be much smaller than initially planned. The proposed capacity of the event is now 45,000-50,000 people, which is significantly smaller than the 150,000 originally planned, and smaller than the approximately 70,000 people planned for the previous site, Watkins Glen International raceway. Although the festival is less than two months away, tickets are still not on sale due to the multiple investment and location issues that have arisen.

H/T: Variety

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Woodstock 50 Organizers Haven’t Contacted Artists To Discuss New Site (Or Anything Else)

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Michael LangIf Woodstock 50 organizers have a new venue and a potential producer waiting in the wings, they haven’t told the 80 artists listed on the Woodstock 50 lineup. More »

Woodstock 50 suffers another devastating blow with venue loss

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Woodstock 50 suffers another devastating blow with venue lossDead And Company Live Credit Billboard

For the organizers of Woodstock‘s 50th anniversary, things were (kind of) looking up since the “official” cancellation announcement in April 2019. After the arrival of another last-minute investor, the event seemed to be somewhat salvageable. However, the iconic festival brand has just hit another roadblock, ultimately unable to secure venue permits for the use of Watkins Glen International (WGI). Thus, Woodstock lost its temporary home almost two months prior to the planned start date.

To recap, there’s been a lot of back and forth between former entities associated with the festival’s roll out and the festival organizers themselves, mainly co-founder Michael Lang. There were no ticket sales on the event’s intended sale date and, one week later, Dentsu Aegis—the festival’s primary investor—pulled out, taking their money with them. Lang continued maintaining a positive outlook, and after a hard-fought lawsuit, a New York Court Judge gave him a break, allowing he and the organizers to seek funding elsewhere.

So, elsewhere they looked, finding a glimmer of hope with investment bank and financial services company Oppenheimer & Co. Yet, it seems the underlying issues persisted and Woodstock has now lost its venue.

According to Rolling Stone, a rep for the speedway said “Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract.” The publication also spoke to a rep for the New York State Police, who stated that the organizers hadn’t met the concerns of a particular trooper.

There is still no word on how Lang’s team will proceed, however, Woodstock 50 was originally supposed to commence on August 16 with a number of key headliners. Stay tuned for updates.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Second Woodstock 50 Producer Pulls Out After Festival Loses Site

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Less than an hour after Watkins Glen International speedway announced it was no longer hosting Woodstock 50 on Monday (June 10), in separate announcements the event’s producer CID Entertainment issued a statement saying it was ending its involvement with the anniversary festival and the New York State Department of Health gave word its … More »

Woodstock 50 Can Proceed, But Japanese Financier Doesn’t Have To Return $18M, Judge Rules

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Denstu will not have to return the $18 million it withdrew from a bank account it shared with Woodstock 50, a New York Supreme Court justice ruled Wednesday (May 15). More »

It Seems Like Woodstock 50 Co-Founder Michael Lang Ignored A Lot Of Solid Advice

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Michael LangAs Woodstock 50 implodes in slow motion with delusional flair, Billboard has a new report on questionable decisions by co-founder Michael Lang that appear to have led to the current situation. To recount: the festival’s primary investor Dentsu and production company Superfly have both pulled out, and Lang, who maintains Woodstock … More »

Woodstock 50 founder in a jam to secure funding, alleges investors ‘illegally swept’ millions from festival

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Woodstock 50 founder in a jam to secure funding, alleges investors ‘illegally swept’ millions from festivalMichael Lang

The build up to Woodstock’s 50th-anniversary, commemorative festival has been a tumultuous one to say the least. But original Woodstock co-founder, Michael Lang, maintains the festival will go on as planned, sans funding from core initial investors at Dentsu Aegis Network (Amplifi Live).

It’s safe to say the two entities did not part amicably. Lang apparently went as far as to pen a five-page letter accusing Dentsu of “illegally sweeping” approximately $17 million from the festival bank accounts, according to reports from Pitchfork. The letter goes on to allege that Dentsu has employed various means of sabotaging Woodstock 50’s chances of survival following the media group’s departure, including indirectly obstructing ticket sales and urging both vendors and performers to sever ties with the festival.

“We also have evidence that Dentsu representatives have gone so far as to say that should the talent back out of Woodstock, they would be seen favorably by Dentsu and that this could result in their performing the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where Dentsu is a major organizer,” Lang purportedly wrote.

Lang is now fervently searching to secure new funding, $30 million by Friday, to be precise, for the New York-held, August 16-18 affair to stay afloat, according to Billboard‘s reports from conversations with a spokesperson on Lang’s behalf. However, from whom Woodstock 50 will obtain its do-or-die backing is quite unclear.

Last week, it seemed help would come on the backs of New York-based event outfit, Superfly, after an announcement from Lang; though the event brand promptly issued a statement offically revoking any further involvement. While the situation seemed it couldn’t possibly grow more dizzying, the aforementioned Lang spokesperson also reported to Billboard that Dan Berkowitz and CID Entertainment, another festival/event production outlet, would step in to replace Superfly.

No one on behalf of CID has confirmed or denied their backing of Woodstock 50 as of yet. Though it doesn’t seem the festival in question has much of a sliver of opportunity should they dispel rumors of their involvement. The only truth to discern as of now from the road to Woodstock 50 is that the festival is already paved with precariousness, which is an unfortunate outcome for what once held the potential to be one of the best festivals of 2019.

H/ts: Billboard / Pitchfork

Michael Lang Says He Needs To Raise $30M By Friday To Save Woodstock 50

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After doubling down on Woodstock 50 and doing a media blitz with half-a-dozen publications, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang now has until Friday to raise the money needed to produce the anniversary festival in upstate New York, sources tell Billboard. More »

Woodstock 50 Loses Production Partner And Agents’ Support, Michael Lang Says “We’re Not Stopping Now”

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On Monday, it was announced that Woodstock 50 was cancelled. In a statement released by the Dentsu Aegis Network — a financial backer of the festival — they said that they didn’t “believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name.” … More »

Woodstock Music and Art Fair to celebrate 50th anniversary with 2019 festival

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Woodstock Music and Art Fair to celebrate 50th anniversary with 2019 festivalWoodstock50

It’s been nearly 50 years since hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Bethel, New York for the seminal Woodstock Music and Art Fair. A lineup of music icons like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, and countless others drew more than 400,000 people to a 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains for four days of festivities in August 1969.

2019 will mark 50 years since this pivotal moment in music history, and the event’s original founders and promoters are rumored to have something incredible in the works to mark the occasion: an anniversary festival. Michael Lang, one of the co-creators of Woodstock, recently told the Poughkeepsie Journal that “we have definite plans.” He didn’t expand to include who would be performing or where the event would be taking place, noting that “this is not a done deal yet. But it’s very close.”

He also added that the anniversary festival will be focused on sustainability, activism, and social justice — themes that “hopefully encourage people to get involved with our lives on the planet.”

An official announcement will be coming soon, Lang said.

H/T: Poughkeepsie Journal