The Woodstock 50 Festival in upstate New York will go ahead despite the event’s financial backers pulling out this week.
In a statement to Noise11.com Woodstock organiser Michael Lang announced, “We are committed to ensuring that the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock is marked with a festival deserving of its iconic name and place in American history and culture. Although our financial partner is withdrawing, we will of course be continuing with the planning of the festival and intend to bring on new partners. We would like to acknowledge the State of New York and Schuyler County for all of their hard work and support. The bottom line is, there is going to be a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival, as there must be, and it’s going to be a blast.”
Reports of a cancellation surfaced today when backed Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live told Billboard, “we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name.”
Woodstock 50 is expected to draw over 100,000 fans on the weekend of 16-18 August, 2019, exactly 50 years after the original festival. The new event will be held in Watkins Glen in upstate New York as the original Bethel, New York location could not accommodate the expected crowd.