The status of Woodstock 50 is unknown as contradictory statements have been made about the festival’s cancellation.
For the last few weeks, rumors have been swirling on whether the festival is being canceled after the ticket launch was postponed. Last week, organizers said that Woodstock 50 would continue but Billboard shared a statement from festival founders, Dentsu Aegis Network, stating that Woodstock 50 will not happen:
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.
However, in a statement to the Poughkeepsie Journal, Woodstock 50 organizers denied Dentsu Aegis Network’s original statement and insisted that the festival will happen. “Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancelation and legal remedy will (be) sought,” read the statement.
JAY-Z, the Black Keys, Halsey, Chance the Rapper and more were planned to headline the three-day event that was scheduled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Woodstock festival.
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