Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Has Been Canceled

Woodstock 50, an event meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary music festival, has been canceled, according to funding agency Dentsu Aegis Network.

Officials with Dentsu Aegis Network broke the news and released the following statement to Billboard:

“…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.”

They continued “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.”

Woodstock 50, meanwhile, denies these claims and shared the following statement with the local Poughkeepsie Journal:

“Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought.”

The news comes weeks after it was reported that payments to participating artists were delayed by a few days. This was followed by ticket sales being delayed due to the organizers not having the necessary mass gathering permit.

The lineup for Woodstock 50 was set to include JAY-Z, Chance the Rapper, the Killers, Miley Cyrus, and many more.

This is a developing story…

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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