It’s looking far from the “summer of love” for Woodstock 50 lately. Their supposed venue, Watkins Glen International, just pulled out from the music festival weeks before the event. “We confirm that we will not be moving forward with Watkins Glen as a venue for Woodstock 50,” the festival shared in a statement. Soon after, the event’s producer, CID Entertainment, also withdrew from the festival.
Before all these controversies, Woodstock 50 had already locked in a star-studded line-up. It included the likes of Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, and more. They also planned to start selling tickets last April 22, 2019. But because the New York State Department of Health hasn’t approved their mass-gathering permit yet, it was delayed. During that time, their financier Dentsu Aegis Network also pulled out from the event. The network even went as far to claim that the festival had “officially canceled.” As of this writing, Woodstock 50 still has no new financial backing yet.
Though things are looking bleak, the organizers are still keen on pushing through with the iconic music festival. “We are in discussions with another venue to host Woodstock 50 on Aug. 16-18 and look forward to sharing the new location when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks,” they stated. ‘Woodstock 50’ would commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original festival back in August of 1969. The three-day event ushered in the “hippie-era” of the 1970s, and was subsequently referred to as the “Summer of Love.”
Unlike other music festivals that began during that time, Woodstock never became an annual tradition. They eventually revived the festival only two times; one in 1994 for the 25th and one in 1999 for the 30th anniversaries. The latter, however, faced a flurry of controversies ranging from riots and fires to allegations of sexual assault. On the other hand, for their 40th year, they held a multitude of tribute exhibits, documentary screenings, and mini-concerts instead of an actual festival.
For now, there’s still no word as to where Woodstock 50 will take place. Tickets are yet to go on sale, but the line-up remains the same as of this writing. The tentative dates are from August 16 to 18, 2019.
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