Woodstock 50 – does it happen or not? The fate of the festival has been questioned in recent days, after the financial partner Dentsu Aegis Network released a statement announcing that it would be suspended. "Despite our huge investment of time, effort and dedication," they wrote, "we do not believe the production of the festival can be done as an event hosted by Woodstock's brand while ensuring the artists' health and safety, partners and participants." Dentsu & # 39; s investment arm Amplifi Live also talked to the media and demanded the necessary infrastructure such as water sources and sanitation "long after the schedule." have no right to unilaterally cancel the festival. " Long doubled in a new statement yesterday where he insisted "we don't give up and Woodstock 50 will take place and will be a blast!" Schuyler County, NY officials also expressed their "disappointment" over the cancellation and said it would constitute "a great financial loss for the county".
as Billbaord reports, although Lang manages to save the festival, the booked artists cannot play. Several booking agents confirmed Billboard that their artists were contracted with Dentsu and Amplifi Live to perform, and when Dentsu announced the festival's cancellation, they were released from the contracts.
Billboard also points out that Lang and other festival organizers may not be able to use the name Woodstock 50 for any event they may associate with Dentsu's cancellation:
Lang and his partners-download the Woodstock name through Woodstock Venture's holding company, which they then hired to a separate holding company called Woodstock 50 LLC, created on August 31, 2018, by record of the NYS Department of State. It is unclear who controls Woodstock 50, even though Billboard has confirmed that hotel owner Greg Peck with the Crescent Hotel is one of the board members of Woodstock 50 and that some investors in the group are represented by Beverly Hills lawyer Alex Weingarten.  While the details of Woodstock Venture's license agreement for the name Woodstock 50 are unknown, Lang is unlikely to use the name Woodstock 50 for the event he is trying to create from the ashes in his original vision. In fact, it seems he has already stopped using the Woodstock 50 name – he wrote off the letter as Woodstock Ventures.
Lang has also given a new interview with Variety where he promises, again "we" we will get it done. "" We are in discussion with a couple of parties to replace Dentsu position, "he tells Variety ," and hopefully will be able to get [tickets] for sale in the next couple of weeks. "These parties will not be Live Nation or AEG, which organizers have allegedly been seeking $ 20 million in funding, just to be shut down. Lang denies this to Variety says it was" not us, and Dentsu do not tell them, so I think it was just rumor. "
Talking about Dentsu, Lang says," they are certainly not familiar with our business and its complications and subtleties, and I think they are very much concerned about their public image, and when there is controversy maybe … it's just speculation that I hate to do, but it might do with it. The Japanese have a lot of pride and are careful about their image, and this is the music industry – it can be a bit muddy. "
He blames" the relationship with Dentsu "to end the state of the festival, saying:" It was late to get started in general, but it took a long time to get some contracts in place that would have moved all these processes together, and so it has to be hurried. "
Read ] Variety full interview with Lang here.
UPDATE: Rolling Stone reports that Woodstock 50- The producers Superfly, which is also behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, have stopped their involvement with the festival. Lang had told Vulture that the festival was "the transition to another production unit" and that they are "just kind of completing discussions this week ", so the news is unlikely to come as a surprise to him, but a source Rolling Stone spoke to called it" catastrophic ".