Woodstock 50, the festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic music festival, has been cancelled.
Scheduled for August 16-18, the line up was set to feature stars like Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper, Dead and Co, as well of some of the acts from the OG Woodstock festival.
Festival reps were allegedly concerned about the capacity of the festival, site readiness, and permitting issues.
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One of the festival’s investors released the following statement to Billboard:
“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.”
More than $30 million had been spent on the festival lineup prior to the cancellation announcement.
We’re not here to draw comparisons but let’s just say at least no one had to fly to the Bahamas for this one.