The future of Woodstock 50 appears to be in serious jeopardy. On Monday, April 29, there were conflicting reports about whether the three-day music festival would go on as planned. It all started when the company behind the festival, Dentsu Aegis Network, issued a statement to Billboard saying that the event was canceled.
“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements,” the statement read. “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.”
But, not so fast my friends.
Shortly after the news began to make the rounds, the Woodstock 50 organizers issued a statement of their own to the Poughkeepsie Journal saying the festival is going forward as planned.
“Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancelation and legal remedy will (be) sought,” the statement read.
The three-day event which was scheduled to be held in Watkins Glen, New York from Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18, was set to feature standout acts like Chance The Rapper, JAY-Z, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, and Santana.