The standing of Woodstock 50, the star-studded competition introduced final month to mark the semi-centennial of the generation-defining 1969 musical gathering, is up within the air as occasion buyers and organizers issued differing statements Monday.
Dentsu Aegis Community, who have been financing the competition, cited manufacturing issues in an announcement to Billboard, and fears that the location at Watkins Glen Worldwide in upstate New York wouldn’t be prepared to securely accommodate the 100,000 anticipated to attend between Friday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 18.
“It’s a dream for companies to work with iconic manufacturers and to be related to significant actions. We’ve got a robust historical past of manufacturing experiences that convey folks collectively round widespread pursuits and causes which is why we selected to be part of the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Competition,” the assertion started. “However regardless of our large funding of time, effort and dedication, we don’t consider the manufacturing of the competition may be executed as an occasion worthy of the Woodstock Model identify whereas additionally making certain the well being and security of the artists, companions and attendees.”
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The assertion continues: “Consequently and after cautious consideration, Dentsu Aegis Community’s Amplifi Reside, a associate of Woodstock 50, has determined to cancel the competition. As tough as it’s, we consider that is probably the most prudent resolution for all events concerned.”
Nevertheless, the publicity agency backing authentic competition organizer Michael Lang denies that the occasion is canceled.
“We’re dedicated to making sure that the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock is marked with a competition deserving of its iconic identify and place in American historical past and tradition. Though our monetary associate is withdrawing, we’ll after all be persevering with with the planning of the competition and intend to convey on new companions,” the advised PEOPLE in an announcement Monday night. “We wish to acknowledge the State of New York and Schuyler County for all of their arduous work and help. The underside line is, there’s going to be a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Competition, as there should be, and it’s going to be a blast.”
Headliners have been to incorporate Miley Cyrus, JAY-Z, the Killers, the Black Keys and Likelihood the Rapper, in addition to Woodstock ’69 veterans Santana and Grateful Useless offshoot Useless & Firm that includes John Mayer. Tickets had not but gone on sale for the occasion — on April 19 it was introduced that ticket gross sales can be postponed.
Representatives for Dentsu Aegis Community have but to answer PEOPLE’s request for remark.
Sarcastically, the 1969 incarnation of Woodstock was stuffed with logistical complications that almost doomed the occasion earlier than it started. Only a month earlier than the present was on account of happen, city officers barred the competition from its authentic web site in Wallkill, New York, leaving Lang and his organizers scrambling to discover a appropriate substitute.
Dairy farmer Max Yasgur’s allowed his dairy farm in close by Bethel to function the brand new web site, however the venue change left little time for building. With out the assets to assemble each a stage and a fence, the producers declared Woodstock a free competition.