Woodstock 50 planning on filing 500-page appeal Thursday

Lawrence Kim
July 11, 2019

Today, Billboard added to the conversation, reporting that sources claim that the Woodstock 50 team had actually begun to turn the tide of lackluster planning, having reportedly secured 25 acts from the original lineup to commit to the newly planned location and begun conversations with local law enforcement. Woodstock promoters will supposedly appeal the decision if they haven't already, although the report goes on to state that Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang and his new financial backers have not met numerous requirements needed to host the festival at their new proposed location. The festival made a final attempt at securing a venue which, according to Variety, has failed.

Woodstock then moved over to Vernon Downs in Oneida County New York.

The website say that the promoters will appeal the decision, but Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. explains: "What they have submitted to date has not met numerous requirements". Picente said that their submission hasn't even met numerous requirements they need in order to host the festival and apparently, the organizers have been scrambling in the past few weeks.

Representatives for Woodstock 50 have since responded with their own statement below.

"It's been chaotic", Picente said.

For their part, Woodstock 50's organizers released a statement after the permit denial, saying that they suspected that "certain political forces may be working against the resurrection of the Festival". Vernon Downs emerged as a possible site for the August 16-18 anniversary festival after the original venue, Watkins Glen International, pulled out last month.

Vernon officials say the application was late and incomplete.

But they add: "With a venue chosen, financing assembled and numerous artists supporting Woodstock's 50th anniversary event, the organisers are hopeful that their appeal and reapplication tonight will prevail without further political interference".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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