Woodstock 50 has been canceled. The anniversary festival announced for August 16th, 17th and 18th in Watkins Glen, New York is now off.
Dentsu Aegis Network, which is funding the festival, released a statement:
“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements. 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.”
We have reached out to Michael Lang, the co-founder of the original Woodstock and the promoter of this event, but have yet to hear back.
Among the artists Lang had lined up for are Robert Plant, Santana, Dead & Company, Imagine Dragons, Jay-Z, David Crosby, Greta Van Fleet and John Fogerty. We haven’t heard a reaction from any of them yet.