Woodstock 50, the two-day festival set up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary music event, has been cancelled.
The revived festival, which was set to take place August 16th-18th this year, featured a stellar line up including Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Chance The Rapper, Robert Plant, Run The Jewels, Dead & Company, the Raconteurs and many more – including acts from the original Woodstock.
Announced in early March, tickets for the festival never went on sale, after the planned ticket release date for Earth Day (22nd April) was postponed by a reported permit issue.
Dentsu Aegis Network, the main investor funding the festival, today (29th April) announced that Woodstock 50 will not go ahead.
Billboard reported that Dentsu Aegis Network said in a statement: “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.”
Billboard also reports that the festival was cancelled due to capacity concerns, permit issues and the readiness of the site.