Earlier today, news broke that Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary event had been cancelled. One of the festival’s primary investors, Dentsu Aegis Network, have come out with a statement, saying that the festival would not proceed.
“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,” Dentsu said.
Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang insists the festival’s 50th-anniversary event is going ahead, despite their primary investor announcing cancellation.
However, now, one of Woodstock’s co-founders, Michael Lang, is pushing back. In an interview with the New York Times, Lang said that Dentsu does “not have the right to unilaterally cancel the festival.”
While the lineup for the festival was announced in March, tickets didn’t end up going on sale due to reported permit issues. Since then, the whole thing has been an absolute shit-fight.
Lang told the New York Times that he has already paid all the acts in full, and is now looking for another financial backer for the festival. I guess we’ll have to wait and see where things go from here.
Check out Woodstock 50’s insanely huge lineup below:
Day 1: The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant, John Fogerty, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Run the Jewels, The Head and the Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Anderson East, Princess Nokia, John Sebastian
Day 2: Dead and Company, Chance the Rapper, Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Dawes, Margo Price, Country Joe, Rival Sons, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, Taylor Bennett
Day 3: Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage The Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, Young The Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and the Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius, the Zombies, Canned Heat, Hot Tuna, Pussy Riot, Cherry Glazerr