Jack White Talks Greta Van Fleet, “Old Town Road,” & Woodstock 50

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Naturally, Jack White likes Greta Van Fleet. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, White praises the young band, who won a Grammy earlier this year for Best Rock Album. “They’re three Polish brothers from Frankenmuth, Michigan — I thought that was a joke!” he said during the interview in response to a … More »

Woodstock 50 Permit Denied By Latest Proposed Venue

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Back in April, Woodstock 50 funders Dentsu Aegis Network announced that the festival was cancelled, following rumors of financial issues and a ticket sale delay. Dentsu had already spent over $30 million on the lineup, including headliners like the Killers and Miley Cyrus. Still, festival organizer Michal Lang insistedMore »

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 May Be Back On At New Venue

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A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino. Town of Vernon Supervisor Randy Watson tells the Poughkeepsie Journal that Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold its concert Aug. 16-18 at Vernon Downs, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Syracuse. More »

Woodstock 50 to Continue Amid Turmoil

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You would have thought by now that we all learned our lesson from Fyre Festival – but apparently that isn’t the case for the gang over at the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. Amid a plague of obvious danger signs, the fest shows no sign of stopping. Originally scheduled to take place at Watkins Glen on

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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 Loses Its Venue

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Woodstock 50 has lost its venue. According to reports from The Poughkeepsie Journal, WIVB, and TMZ, Watkins Glen International has pulled out as the host of the music festival. “Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract,” read a statement issued by … 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 »