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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Lang vows Woodstock 50 will continue

Despite news on Monday that the Woodstock 50 festival planned for Watkins Glen on August 16 - 18 was canceled after their largest investor, Dentsu Aegis Network, pulled back from the event, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang promised that the show would go on.
“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,” Lang said in a social media post late Monday night.
The news from Dentsu Aegis Network came less than a week after Woodstock 50 delayed the opening of ticket sales.
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," Dentsu Aegis Network said in a statement on Monday.
News broke on Wednesday that the production company Superfly has also pulled out of Woodstock 50.
Yet Lang remains defiant, promising to find new investors for the event. His lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, argued that Dentsu Aegis Network had no right to cancel the event and, as of yesterday, Dentsu Aegis has not released any further statements.
In an interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Browne, performer John Fogerty said he couldn't predict the future, but he did notice ominous signs about the Watkins Glen festival.
“I remember reading a while ago that they didn't have some of the permits,” he said in Rolling Stone. “That just blew my mind. You'd think it would be the first thing you'd do and not the last thing. You got the sense there was some shakiness to this whole thing. But the first Woodstock happened more by people wishing for it to happen than any effort of great organization.”
According to Billboard, more than $30 million has already been spent on the festival and most of the performers have been paid in advance.
Fogerty said he would donate his money to military veterans if the event is truly canceled.
Fogerty is planned to close out the anniversary weekend at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on August 18, in addition to Carlos Santana who will perform at Bethel Woods on Aug.17.

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