What is happening with Woodstock 50?
With no location, no ticket sales and no financial backing, it looks like Woodstock 50 is shaping up to be another failed festival.
The music festival, which paved to way to huge musical events such as Coachella, Stagecoach, and Lollapalooza, and is claiming to compete with them offering a different experience to festival-goers is simply not taking off.
“We are looking for unique performances,” Lang told Rolling Stone. “A lot of festivals these days are kind of cookie-cutter. Very few of them have any sort of social impact [and] that’s a wasted opportunity.”
The 50th-anniversary three-day concert event in celebration of the original Woodstock, held in August 1969, was announced back in January by Michael Lang, the co-creator of Woodstock. But since that announcement, it seems that the festival is shaping up to be a major failure.
In March 2019, the line-up for the festival was revealed and tickets were to go on sale on Earth Day. Earth Day came and no tickets were made available with no reason offered by festival organizers.
“There is currently a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date. We are waiting on an official press statement from Woodstock 50 regarding updated announce, ticket pricing, and overall festival information,” an e-mail by the festival’s organizers read, per Rolling Stone. “We will get this information to you as soon as we receive it.”
It was then reported that the organizers haven’t secured all the necessary permits to hold the event. And if that wasn’t bad enough, a week later, the festival’s primary financial partners announced that the event is canceled.
“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,” Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live said in a statement to USA Today. “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.”
Did someone say Fyre Festival 2.0?