Woodstock 50 Loses Venue and Second Backer, Seeking New Home

Lawrence Kim
June 12, 2019

Woodstock 50 is tentatively scheduled for August 16-18 with a lineup that includes Jay-Z, Santana, Miley Cyrus, The Killers, Chance the Rapper, John Fogerty, Janelle Monae, Dead & Company, Halsey, and Imagine Dragons. However, Woodstock LC, the company that owns Woodstock's intellectual property, delayed in filing for permits to use the area until just over a month ago.

TMZ reports that Watkins Glen International, the race track where the festival was to take place, has canceled Woodstock's license, meaning the festival now has no home.

Woodstock co-founder and 50th anniversary festival organizer Michael Lang filed a lawsuit against the investor and insisted the show was still on.

But, the wound grew worse. Loudwire reports that after this news surfaced, CID Entertainment, who were producing the event, have also pulled out.

If you want to help out, Woodstock branded psychadelic tubes are still available for $18 each, plus fees, shipping, and taxes. A rep for Woodstock told TMZ "We are in discussions with another venue to host Woodstock 50 on August 16th - 18th and look forward to sharing the new location when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks". No tickets have been put on sale yet.

Soon afterward, production company CID Entertainment announced its withdrawal too.

A spokesman for local authority Schuyler County told the Poughkeepsie Journal that the development was "disappointing" but added, "While today's announcement is hard to absorb, it is not completely unexpected, given the well-publicized delays related to this planned event".

Watkins Glen is located in Schuyler County, about 80 miles southwest of Syracuse and 150 miles northwest of the original Woodstock site in Bethel, N.Y.

But later in the day, a principal organizer indicated the show would go on.

However, the report added that "typically, large-scale events of Woodstock's magnitude require a minimum ticket on-sale window of 100 days". Tickets for the embattled festival, he said, would be on sale within a span of weeks.

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