Woodstock 50 Reportedly Has Been Canceled

2019-04-29

Story by Charles Ken

After a delay in tickets going on sale, organizers have cut the cord on Woodstock 50

The 50th anniversary of Woodstock festival, an event dubbed Woodstock 50, has been canceled. On Monday (April 29), the organizers behind the anniversary show announced that the much-anticipated Woodstock 50 — which was supposed to happen from Aug. 16 through 18 in Watkins Glen, New York — will not take place.

“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements,” investor Dentsu said in a statement (via Rolling Stone). “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.”

The statement added, “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.”

When the statement first broke, organizers followed up by sending a statement to the Poughkeepsie Journal denying the claim from Dentsu. No addition information has been provided by organizers to back up their claim.

The Woodstock 50 lineup was scheduled to feature Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Dead & Company, the Raconteurs, Robert Plant, Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Run the Jewels, Chance the Rapper, Halsey, John Fogerty and more. Tickets for the event were scheduled to go on sale on Earth Day in April, but there was a delay and tickets never actually went on sale.

In 2018, the same Watkins Glen, New York site was supposed to be the location for Phish’s Curveball, but that festival was canceled because of water conditions at the location.

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