If anyone hasn’t noticed, August is fast approaching and that means one thing; Woodstock 50 is nearing it’s event date but according to another round of reports, there is more trouble brewing state-side. The event that is set to revive the controversial Woodstock music festival that saw a violent end in 1999 has been plagued by problems reminiscent of the infamous Fyre Festival.
From law suits to the loss of financial backers and logistical problems, the revived music festival appeared to be on track until it was revealed that the organisers lost its site permit to be held at Watkins Glen in New York.
Watkins Glen put out an official release, citing, “Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract. As such, WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival.”
Woodstock 50 and its prime figurehead Michael Lang is adamant that the event will go ahead, scheduled for August 16 to 18, and is set to be relocated to Vernon Downs. The change in location significantly downsizes the capacity, with the original guest list of 150,000 reduced to just 65,000 people. But according to a prominent local of the area, hosting such a large event at such notice could “pose a significant challenge”.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente released a statement on Tuesday noting the challenge of preparing for the health and safety of residents and concert goers.
The lineup is set to include global stars including, Miley Cyrus, Chance The Rapper, Jay-Z, the Imagine Dragons and Halsey. While the company pushes on with planning and amid a slew of ongoing issues, tickets for Woodstock 50 are still not on sale.
Stay tuned for further details.