Earlier in the present day introduced information of Woodstock 50’s cancelation. An announcement attributed to Dentsu Aegis Community, the main investor behind the pageant, stated, “we don’t imagine the manufacturing of the pageant will be executed as an occasion worthy of the Woodstock Model identify whereas additionally guaranteeing the well being and security of the artists, companions and attendees.”
Now, although, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang is pushing again. In an announcement given to the New York Times, Lang stated Dentsu Aegis Community “[does] not have the suitable to unilaterally cancel the pageant.” He added that Dentsu’s announcement caught him unexpectedly.
In the meantime, the Poughkeepsie Journal quoted an unnamed pageant spokesperson, who said: “Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the pageant’s cancellation and authorized treatment will (be) sought.”
Lang advised the Instances that all the confirmed acts have been paid in full, and he’s searching for one other monetary backer to save lots of the pageant. Based on a report from Billboard, final week Woodstock organizers reached out to AEG and LiveNation looking for a $20 million funding, however each firms declined the provide.
Even when Lang was to provide you with the mandatory funds, a variety of different points nonetheless should be resolved. The Instances studies that Dentsu had issues with the positioning’s readiness, allowing points, and the pageant’s supposed capability, which has already been lowered from 100,000 to 75,000.
On April 15th, per week previous to the pageant’s authentic on-sale ticket date, organizers submitted an utility to New York’s Division of Well being for a mass gathering allow. As of Monday, the allow continues to be in assessment, and till it’s authorized, the pageant is legally prohibited from promoting tickets. If and when tickets do lastly go on sale, they’ll be priced at $450 every, in line with an interview with Bloomberg.
Because the co-founder of the unique Woodstock pageant, Lang is aware of a factor or two about last-minute obstacles; the 1969 pageant misplaced its authentic venue simply weeks earlier than the occasion occurred. Nonetheless, Lang’s latest observe document — together with disastrous revivals in 1994 and 1999 — doesn’t encourage a lot confidence. It’s additionally laborious to think about that potential festival-goers might be prepared to pay half a grand for an occasion that’s shaping as much as be Fyre Fest 2.0.
The introduced Woodstock lineup consists of many modern stars together with JAY-Z, Miley Cyrus, Probability the Rapper, and Think about Dragons alongside veteran artists like Robert Plant, Santana, David Crosby, John Fogerty, and Grateful Useless offshoot Useless and Firm.