Woodstock 50 Lost Site Due to Missed Payment: Report

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If there will be a Woodstock 50, it won’t be held at Watkins Glen, N.Y. The site owners announced on June 10 they had terminated the site license. However, reports began to emerge on June 14 that a missed payment for $150,000 by the organizers led the venue to invoke a breach-of-contract decision.

The festival, while still officially scheduled for August 16-18, is unlikely to find a new location in two months. But promoter Michael Lang faced a nearly identical obstacle 50 years ago, ultimately getting permission from Max Yasgur to hold the 1969 festival on his farm.

If that wasn’t enough, the festival’s producer has also pulled out. CID Entertainment told Billboard – also on June 10 – it “is no longer involved… in any capacity.”

A June 10 statement from the Watkins Glen site owners said, “Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract. As such, WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival.”

Furthermore, the fight for the financing of Woodstock 50 continues. The two sides in the ongoing legal proceeding–the organizers and its one-time financial partner–are apparently headed for arbitration. The two sides appeared in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 29, to argue which side is entitled to $18 million that was in a festival account.

The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal reports that the judge declined to order the original financial backers, Dentsu Aegis, to return the funds to the Woodstock 50 organizers.

The clock is ticking; there is no location and tickets have therefore not been made available.

On May 15, Judge Barry Ostrager of the Supreme Court of New York ruled that Dentsu Aegis had no right to cancel the festival, as it attempted to do on April 29. Woodstock 50 LLC had filed a request with the court on May 9 for a temporary restraining order to stop Dentsu from what the organizers describe as “sabotaging the festival.”

But it wasn’t a complete victory for promoter Michael Lang’s team. Judge Ostrager ruled Woodstock 50 “has not met the high burden entitling it to a mandatory injunction” for $17.8 million it had asked be returned by Dentsu Aegis to the festival’s funds.

However, the Woodstock 50 team appealed that decision and the sides argued their case in court on May 29. Judge Andrew Borrok signed a stipulation on May 23 forbidding Dentsu or its Amplifi Live division from contacting any vendors connected to the festival.

The organizers of Woodstock 50 announced on May 17 an agreement with Oppenheimer & Co. as a financial advisor to complete the financing for the festival, following a legal victory earlier that week.

The May 17 announcement noted, “Event preparations will continue as planned as Oppenheimer joins the list of strong institutions producing the festival.”

At that time, the organizers announced the ticket on-sale date would be announced “shortly.” The festival remains scheduled for August 16-18.

John Tonelli, head of Debt Capital Markets & Syndication at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., said, “We believe in Woodstock as an important American cultural icon and look forward to its regeneration in the green fields of Watkins Glen this August with all of the artists on the remarkable lineup.”

“We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain, but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation,” said Lang, co-founder and producer of the 1969 and 2019 Woodstock festivals. “We look forward to putting on an incredible festival. Words cannot express how appreciative Woodstock 50, the artists, the fans and the community are to Oppenheimer for joining with us to make W50 a reality.”

Lang said, “We have always relied on the truth and have never lost faith that the Festival would take place. I would like to thank all of the talent and their representatives for their patience and support. Woodstock 50 will be an amazing and inspiring festival experience.”

Gregory Pack, identified as the principal of Woodstock 50, said, “Woodstock 50 is on! Now that the court has confirmed that the Festival was never validly cancelled and is going forward, Woodstock 50 can focus on finalizing the necessary funding arrangements. We can’t wait to bring this important event to the public this summer. We have one of the greatest lineups of talent of any music festival, and we are grateful to all of the talent for their loyalty and support.”

Would-be attendees are still waiting for ticket information.

In a day that rock and rolled back and forth, the Woodstock 50 festival, anticipated for years (decades?), was said to be formally cancelled on April 29. The financial backers called the decision “difficult… but the most prudent decision for all parties involved.”

However, the organizers said the festival was still on. That same night, they issued a statement that adamantly insisted “we will of course be continuing.

“We are committed to ensuring that the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock is marked with a festival deserving of its iconic name and place in American history and culture,” read the statement. “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. We would like to acknowledge the State of New York and Schuyler County for all of their hard work and support. The bottom line is, there is going to be a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival, as there must be, and it’s going to be a blast.”

If one were to do an Internet search on the key words “Woodstock 50,” one would find lots of conflicting info.

Related: Lang issued another statement on April 30 to would-be ticket buyers

Earlier on April 29, the Poughkeepsie Journal quoted a statement from the organizers in response to its now-former financial backers, “Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought.”

The festival, formally announced months ago, and scheduled to take place on August 16-17-18 in Watkins Glen, N.Y., had been beset with several logistical problems.

On April 29, Dentsu Aegis Network, the Japanese advertising giant which was heavily involved in presenting the festival, told Billboard 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.”

The Poughkeepsie Journal‘s April 29 story also quoted a statement from the New York State Dept. of Health. “From the beginning planning stages, the New York State Department of Health has worked closely and collaboratively with all parties involved in Woodstock 50 to assure a safe and successful event. Today’s cancellation announcement is not a result of the permit application pending with the department. The department was surprised to learn of today’s decision to cancel the event.”

On April 30, Lang sent an email to would-be ticket buyers that read, in part, “Woodstock never belonged to Dentsu, so they don’t have a right to cancel it.

“Woodstock belongs to the people and it always will.

“We don’t give up and Woodstock 50 will take place and will be a blast!”

The ticket on-sale date had been quietly delayed on April 19. The explanation was the lack of a permit from Schuyler County’s Dept. of Health.

When the planned ticket on-sale date of April 22 (Earth Day) was delayed, the festival’s official website didn’t explain why.

The Poughkeepsie Journal quoted local officials in a April 22 story that the number of attendees for the three-day fest would likely be set at 75,000. Organizers have been said to be hoping for 100,000.

Related: Woodstock organizers plan annual festival

The newspaper quoted an email reply from county administrator Tim O’Hearn: “We have maintained the position that the attendance number would be set at whatever number the production team and promoter could demonstrate they could support with adequate infrastructure and security. That number has been determined to be 75,000…”

Prices were never formally revealed. Festival organizer Michael Lang previously said that single-day tickets would not be sold, only packages covering the entire three-day event. Lang himself had told Bloomberg News in late April that he expected them to cost festivalgoers $450.

Music industry trade publication Hits reported on April 19 that Danny Wimmer Presents, a music festival production and promotion company, had told talent agents for the festival, “There is currently a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date. We are waiting on an official press statement from Woodstock 50 regarding updated announce, ticket pricing, and overall festival information. We will get this information to you as soon as we receive it.”

Rumors of the festival’s demise were so rampant that its organizer, Michael Lang, told Billboard, also on April 19, “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for fifty years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention.” As for its being cancelled, Lang called them “just more rumors.”

Earlier, hoping to quell the fears of nervous local residents, the organizers of the upcoming festival held what was described as a public information session in Watkins Glen on March 27.

Although the racetrack site has been home to many large-scale events, including a 1973 festival that featured the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band and The Band, which drew an estimated 600,000 attendees, locals have expressed fears that the crowd for the planned August event could cause havoc. They cited reports from a 1999 Woodstock anniversary event, where violent acts occurred and fires were set on the grounds. Residents were also apprehensive about  the possibility of large numbers of unticketed fans showing up hoping to gain entry, which also happened at previous Woodstock concerts.

Lang, one of the promoters of the original 1969 Woodstock, assured residents that his team is better equipped to handle any problems than they were 20 years ago. He said that he had spoken with presenters of other large festivals, who gave him tips on how to control crowds and avoid potentially negative issues.

“We were the only show in town, people came from all over the world. It’s a very different world now, there are festivals in every city in America,” Lang told the assembled residents at the March 27 meeting.

Lang pointed out that he was careful to book artists who are unlikely to incite fans to riot. He said that 80 acts in all have been booked for Woodstock 50, that the crowd size will be limited to 100,000 people and that campsite sales will be capped at 27,000, with a limit of four people per campsite. Lang added that campers’ vehicles will be searched for prohibited materials, and that security personnel will have a strong presence at the event. He said that some 1,100 security personnel have been hired, and that local law enforcement officers will also be on-site to keep things under control. Healthcare personnel will also be available on-site.

The organizers of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair revealed on March 19 the lineup of the official 50th anniversary festival, including several performers – John Fogerty and Santana, among them – who appeared at the original 1969 festival. Woodstock 50 will be held August 16, 17 and 18, 2019, in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Headlining the event are The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters and Santana on Aug. 16, Dead and Company and Chance the Rapper on Aug. 17, and Jay-Z and Imagine Dragons on Aug, 18.

Many of the names, Dead and Company, Santana and Cyrus, among them, had been leaked in early March.

Just prior to the March 19 announcement, Cyrus tweeted, “Woodstock here I come!”

Among the other Woodstock 50 performers who famously played the ’69 festival are David Crosby, Melanie, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian and Canned Heat. Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady played in ’69 as part of Jefferson Airplane. Amy Helm’s father, Levon Helm, performed at the original with The Band.

Other acts booked to perform at the 50th anniversary concert include The Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Courtney Barnett, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlie, Greta Van Fleet, the Zombies and Gary Clark Jr.

Watch Santana perform at the 1969 festival

The Black Keys announced in April that they had bowed out of the festival due to “a scheduling conflict.”

Classic rock fans may recall that the location in upstate New York is famous for previous rock festivals including a 1973 event that featured the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band and The Band.

In an interview with The New York Times, published Jan. 9, Michael Lang, who co-created Woodstock along with Artie Kornfeld, said, “Coachella’s got its thing, as does Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. But I think they’re all missing an opportunity to make a difference in the world. They’re all perfect places for social engagement and for fostering ideas, and I think that’s lost.”

On Dec. 27, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, site of Woodstock ’69 in Bethel, N.Y., announced plans to produce a three-day event on the identical weekend. It’s since been scaled down significantly, with separate concerts on each day.

“While the original site in Bethel remains close to our hearts,” Lang said in a prepared statement in late December, “it no longer has the capacity to hold a real Woodstock festival.

“I’m delighted that Bethel Woods is doing events in the coming year to celebrate what we brought to life in 1969 and I encourage people to visit the museum and concert venue.”

Related: John Fogerty, Santana, Arlo Guthrie and others will perform at the Bethel Woods event

As Best Classic Bands announced in July 2018, PBS and American Experience will air a new two-hour documentary, Woodstock, which bowed at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. It’ll have its TV premiere on PBS in conjunction with the 50th anniversary. The film is directed by Barak Goodman, and written by Goodman and Don Kleszy.

Related: Woodstock ’69 performers – Where are they now?

Best Classic Bands has been celebrating the greatest rock festival of all-time with a series of feature articles including Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” – Behind the Song, interviews with all members of Jefferson Airplane, and Melanie’s recollections, among them.

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  1. Woodstock
    #1 Woodstock "69" Rocks On 20 March, 2019, 01:13

    Woodcrock 2019.
    OMG, if Lang & Partners pull this off it will be the biggest scam of the 21st century. So let’s recap, about 5% of the original musicians will be there, another 10% are musicians we’ve heard of but weren’t even born in 1969 & the other 85% are bands/musicians we’ve never heard of. Wow, Bill Graham just screamed yelled loud as hell from his grave like he used to. The best part is yet to come…..Yes, the price? I figure about a “C” note ($100) for the 3 days of unheard of music. After spending 70 years on this planet I will share some good old wisdom. STAY HOME!
    It’s going to be a mess, folks & for what? Miley Cyrus & Chance the Rapper? Nope, not me.

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    • Cosmo
      Cosmo 24 March, 2019, 00:52

      The worst lineup ever! You’re right….who are these groups? Never heard of most of them. Earl Sweatshirt & Boygenius…..WTF.
      Lang & Partners are ripoff artists & they should cancel this bullsheet show.. WTF LANG?

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    • Sandy
      Sandy 29 March, 2019, 00:38

      I was there in 1969 & I agree with the above comment. Stay home coz it’s gonna suck in every way.

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    • Bill Z
      Bill Z 30 March, 2019, 01:26

      In reply to the geezers who hate the line-up (I’m 63, by the way): the original Woodstock was aimed toward young people. It featured bands that were familiar to people in their twenties and unfamiliar to people in their sixties and seventies. Older people had no idea who Country Joe was, and the great majority of the people at the festival had no idea who Santana was. They hadn’t released their first LP yet. You all make yourselves look so foolish and irrelevant when you shake your wrinkled fists and moan about how you don’t recognize the artists. You’ve become your parents and grandparents. “Jefferson Airplane?? Who are they?? Now Frank Sinatra, there’s a true musician!!”

      Hey, I mostly prefer older music too, but I have enough perspective to realize that you’re all coming off like Granny Clampett.

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      • Mare
        Mare 20 April, 2019, 16:10

        Then call it Coachella East and not Woodstock.

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        • RknBkr12
          RknBkr12 28 April, 2019, 01:02

          AMEN! Woodstock wasn’t merely a concert [with real musicians] – it was a spirit and a major statement for the times. Please give me the benefit of Miley Cyrus’ message…

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      • EZYRIDER
        EZYRIDER 21 April, 2019, 00:27

        Bill Z,
        In reply to your reply, yes, we knew all the bands that were at WS 69 but my parents who were in their 60 at the time, knew Joe Cocker, Santana, Melanie, Canned Heat, Hendrix, Johnny Winter, etc, etc, etc. You know why? Coz I blasted that music from my room and they heard it. My kids are both talented musicians & one played on one track of a Van Halen album & they have no idea who half these musicians are. Your statement is about 20% valid. The truth is, 75% of the bands playing WS2019 are nobodies. There’s not even any bands from WS90’s like NIN, AIC, Living Colour, etc. This is a case of Michael Lang trying to catch.ightening in a bottle which will never happen again. He’s doing it for $$$$ with the aid of Corporate America. It’s gonna suck just like all the others except the original…..

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    • Buffaloodle
      Buffaloodle 22 April, 2019, 14:46

      Hey “69”, I doubt a C note will get you within smelling distance of this festival. Probably closer to $500 than $100 per ticket. Yes overpriced like almost all live events these days but this is also how artists make money now. No more album sales and only the very top artists have good enough streaming deals to make money off it. I read through the artist list and I know 90% of the first ten bands/artists listed for each day (just skip Sunday and leave early to beat the traffic). The original Woodstock was loaded with unknown artists at the time and many are famous only for their Woodstock performance. Probably won’t go to this festival because the promoter is a greedy shit and my wife will only do these things now if I spring for VIP packages because she won’t share a toilet with the hoi paloi.

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    • Kariann
      Kariann 22 April, 2019, 18:35

      I hate to say this, but there is so much truth to this reply. Then again, those of us (older) fans realize you’ll never be able to capture to aura, the goals, the protest issues (Vietnam War, Women’s Liberation, and Civil Rights) of the 1969 Festival. Is it that young people today have a different focus on life?

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    • RknBkr12
      RknBkr12 28 April, 2019, 00:58

      You’re right about everything but the ticket price. $100? Try $450 for a concert NOT on the original grounds, NOT featuring but a scant few known artists. Echo of yesteryear: Pay $450 only to have them open it up for free three hours into the first day. . . Yasgur wouldn’t stand for it. Seems to me that the smell of his BMW is getting to Lang.

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  2. omstrat
    #2 omstrat 20 March, 2019, 05:51

    Jay-Z you have to be kidding me ..Why is that garbage included in a Woodstock Festival ?

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    • Sandy
      Sandy 24 March, 2019, 00:46

      Omstrat, you’re right. This is the worst lineup of non performers to be put together. I was at the original & it was amazing because no one expected such a turn out of people. This tribute is a mock to the original concert. Jay Z & Miley Cyrus on the same stage as Santana or The Dead? This is a corporate ripoff put together by Lang & partners for money. They don’t care about music, never did & never will. The town better hire 1000’s of cops coz I think there will be riots & fires like the concert in the 90’s. I also agree with the comment above your comment. Everybody, STAY HOME !!!!

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    • WW
      WW 29 March, 2019, 10:51

      Jay-Z and Chance The Rapper are “unlikely to incite fans to riot”? Really? That remains to be seen (hopefully a riot will not be seen).

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  3. JCB
    #3 JCB 20 March, 2019, 08:03

    Chance the Rapper? He would have been laughed off the stage in 1969. Why? because he’s not even a musician. He rhymes words, and very poorly, that isn’t music, it’s garbage.

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    #4 KENNIEE 22 March, 2019, 19:40


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    • Jeff Tamarkin
      Jeff Tamarkin 23 March, 2019, 16:25

      Mountain doesn’t exist anymore. Leslie West still performs but for whatever reason he isn’t booked for this festival.

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    • Ezyrider
      Ezyrider 24 March, 2019, 00:55

      Leslie West has had diabetes all his life & had one of his legs amputated from the knee down so I don’t expect him to be playing with these no name performers.

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  5. Ezyrider
    #5 Ezyrider 24 March, 2019, 01:05

    Someone tell me I’m having a bad trip coz I don’t know 3/4 of the bands that may show up to this mess. Someone should warn the community & police that there may be riots at this show. Classic Rock with Pop & Rap is a menu for disaster times 10. Stay home & stay alive. Jail Lang & Partners.for selling out again to the corporate machine!

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    #6 REMEMBER THIS CRITIQUE 29 March, 2019, 00:35

    REMEMBER THIS CRITIQUE: Lang is at If again. The story above states that Lang has spoken to many people regarding crowd control and that’s why he picked the groups himself. What a bunch of BS. On top of that, he stated that he doesn’t expect more than 100K attendees. LMFAO, he said the same thing in “69” & 500K people crashed the gates. The towns mayor & the people living in the town better get their sheet together & cancel this concert. No one will make money except Lang. Remember in “69” Lang said the concert was a bust & they lost all monies but Lang walked away with over $1M which is like $15M in today’s money. Wake up NY State. You’re going to get ripped off by Lang & Partners again. This is not a tribute to Woodstock, it’s another chance for Lang to cash in at everyone else’s expense. To top it off, it’s the worst festival band lineup ever put together. REMEMBER THIS CRITIQUE….

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    #7 SAVE WATKINS GLEN FROM VIOLENCE 21 April, 2019, 00:43

    OMG, the poor people of Watkins Glen are going to regret giving Lang & Partners a permit for this money grubbing riotous sheetshow. WATKINS GLEN….WAKE UP, PLEASE. Lang is asking a few original members of WS69 to participate so he can sell tickets. The fact that he’s adding pop (Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande) with rock (Santana, Dead & Co) with Hip Hop (Jay Z, Chance The Rapper) is the perfect blend for a 300,000 person riot. They will need the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force & National Guard present to TRY to maintain order. I predict fights, riots, weapons & worse at this show. If you want to be 100% safe, STAY HOME. This is not PEACE , LOVE & MUSIC. THIS IS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER. My kids don’t want to go, as do many others. PEOPLE, STAY AWAY FROM THIS RIOT

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    #8 WG PEOPLE, SAVE UR TOWN!!!! 23 April, 2019, 00:24

    To save the town of Watkins Glen they need to start a petition against the festival. There will be over 250,000 gathering into the area. Wake up people. You’re about to be overrun by good & bad people which will result in bad vibes. WG you have nothing to gain here & everything to lose. STOP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. CANCEL PERMITS & REFUND ALL MONIES TO SAVE YOUR TOWN.

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  9. d
    #9 d 24 April, 2019, 12:12

    who the hell is going to spend $300 to drive to the middle of nowhere to see a bunch of acts most people have already seen and I am guessing most people do not have interest in more than a few artists regardless, the other “Woodstocks” worked because it was mainly a rock fest and rock was the king, now there is to many genres of music and there are to many of these festivals

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  10. RknBkr12
    #10 RknBkr12 28 April, 2019, 01:15

    If Lang & Company had a dime bag of integrity, intelligence, and/or sense of honor and history, 2019 would pass with a humble tip of the hat to what was and leave it at that. Many of the artists who played in ’69, which was the ONLY Woodstock Festival, have passed on or are about to. There’s no homage in a cheap, money-grubbing jumble of no-talent wanna-be’s. My only real question is, why would the likes of John Fogerty, John Sebastian, and Dead & Company agree to be associated with this in any way whatsoever? Well, no big deal – it’ll never come off.

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    #11 SURPRISE, NO TICKET SALES/NO REFUNDS 30 April, 2019, 09:07

    So here we are 4 months away from this mess called “Woodstock 50” & no ticket sales…I’m not surprised. The Japanese backing firm is dropping out, the tickets are too expensive, they don’t have security in place, most of the bands are unknown & you have to go to 4 stages to see your favorite band….eeeek! This was poorly planned from the start. Mike Lang was just looking to get rich quick like in 1969. He’s a good con man but not this time.
    Save you money coz if it’s cancelled, which is what its looking like, you won’t get a refund. Be smart everyone, save your money & stay home.

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    #12 I SMELL LAWSUITS EVERYWHERE 30 April, 2019, 09:17

    This show hasn’t started & already people are backing out. Remember, NO REFUNDS, so if you pay now & it’s cancelled, YOU’RE BEAT! This should have been an HBO Special tribute with TV sponsorship only featuring rock bands. Something similar to the R ‘n’ R Hall of Fame shows. This is one big clusterphuck now….

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    #13 NON EXISTENT TICKET SALES 6 May, 2019, 01:08

    Things are not looking too good for Lang & Partners. It’s a little over 3 months before this show & tickets have not gone on sale yet. Lang has been unable to secure the permits needed to start selling tickets. Even worse, some of the bands are starting to drop out since the Japanese promo company reported last week & leaked to the press that Woodstock was cancelled. This is a blessing in disguise for everyone including the bands, the fans & especially the people living in Watkins Glen. This festival should have started planning in 2017 (not 12/18) by securing the location, the bands, security, permits, food, toilets, camping, etc.
    Just the fact that there was going to be 4 stages to see bands playing simultaneously made absolutely no sense whatsoever. Lang overplayed his hand & if this festival does happen, it will never be the same as the original. Woodstock 69 was a magical weekend that no one ever imagined or were prepared for but it turned out amazingly beautiful, peaceful & fun in spite of the cold nights & the on & off rain. All of that was $18 for 3 days of well known rock music on one stage not $450 for unknown bands playing on four stages. Lang won’t be able to make the $30 million dollars he thought he’d run away with. Save your money & save Watkins Glen….stay home. Don’t play into Corporate America ripping you off coz that’s exactly what the original festival was fighting against…

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  14. blackjack
    #14 blackjack 8 May, 2019, 01:07

    Hate to say it but WS69 myth is far greater than the actuality. Rolling around in the mud, piss and shit everywhere, no decent food, etc etc, is/was no picnic.
    The real peace, love and music festival was Monterey Pop 1967.
    Forget the myths of WS69…it was an ill-planned event that appears to be recreating itself fifty years on.
    Should you go or not? Better watch the Monterey Pop movie and do some peace and loving locally.
    And if you really want to help the planet take the proposed 450$ or more a ticket will cost and help some poor unfortunates.
    Music is the great equalizer but as soon as it becomes a business it’s nothing but a scam.Hello Mr Lang….

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    • Wrong, Blackjack....
      Wrong, Blackjack.... 9 May, 2019, 00:39

      WS69 was a great experience for most of us who went. I don’t know where you were sitting but there was no piss or shit around, not even by the toilets coz they had a company come in and cleanup & even bring in more toilets. You probably bought the bad acid that was going around or maybe you didn’t even go. The only thing you wrote that was true was about Lang….

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    This 50th anniversary was doomed from the start. Lang waited way too long to submit his permits & carefully plan out this festival. This was a project that should have taken 2 years to plan, not 6 months. IMO, the ticket prices are way to expensive for a number of reasons:
    1. Most of the performers are 3rd rate musicians & fairly unknown.
    2. The mixture of genres is a big mistake. Rock, Pop & Rap attract totally different crowds that usually don’t like each other’s music.
    3. The 4 stage setup is just plain insane. What will you do if 2 bands you like are playing at the same time or will you have to run from one stage to another to hear the band you like….just a crazy setup.
    4. I’m not sure Lang has employed enough security to control the crowds in case there happens to be a problem.
    Do you remember the FYRE Festival in the Bahamas that was started by Ja-Rule & turned out to be a big ripoff??? That’s the direction this festival is going so save your hard earned money and wait for the documentary to be aired on HBO. It’s so much safer & cheaper….

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    • Jeff Tamarkin
      Jeff Tamarkin 16 May, 2019, 10:59

      Many of your points are valid but the multi-stage setup is standard now for festivals. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has had multiple stages for 50 years now and does just fine.

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    #16 LANG DESTROYED BY KARMA??? 26 May, 2019, 01:59

    Comments 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,12,13 & 15 were all written by me. I knew this festival would turn into a clusterphuck because it was all about GREED. The entire show was not planned well, the bands were unknowns, the ticket price was way too high, the security was non existent, the permits were not approved, etc, etc, etc. So here you have it folks….NO SHOW. Just lawsuits over who gets the money in the bank. Mike Lang is responsible for this not happening. He’s not a promoter, he’s a professional con man. He didn’t make the original Woodstock happen either. The people, the bands, Max Yasgur & the vibes made Woodstock. Lang walked away with $1 million dollars & called himself a promoter. He is 1000% to blame for this not happening. Karma caught the Con. He doesn’t deserve a penny.

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    • Mike
      Mike 9 June, 2019, 07:52

      Nailed it. Lang has always been a douche. Remember how everything went south in ’99? Remember Lang saying “not my fault, guys”?

      Much as I despise Fred Durst and his band, they can’t be blamed. They went out and did exactly what you would expect LB to do. Nothing more, nothing less.

      I remember saying “No more Woodstock” after the debacle 20 years ago. But Mikey will never pass up a chance for more $$$.

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  17. Don
    #17 Don 8 June, 2019, 00:39

    My goodness, what a mess. A few facts (and to verify the facts you should read Barefoot In Babylon, The Creation Of The Woodstock Festival). The money behind the original was from a trust fund of an individual who borrowed against his trust (and wisely kept the rights to the logo and the film) as a means to host a major festival and clean up. That is why he had a fence erected to keep the freebies out. It was not a festival of peace and love but a festival sold as peace and love. Eventually it became a mini-disaster and the US Army had to bail out those who stood against the war in Vietnam and what the US military represented. They flew in medics, tents, supplies, and helped transport the seriously ill/injured out. It may have been a time of peace love and drugs but the intention behind the festival was to make money. Those not willing to pay the fee came in over, under and through the holes in the fences they tore down. Selling peace and love was a marketing tool – listen to the rap from the stage – for those of you who still believe capitalism is not a bad thing, you can buy food etc. etc. History has burnished the original Woodstock festival with a sheen it did not deserve. It was well intended but ultimately poorly run. And those peace loving hippies left an environmental cyclone in their wake and the site was a mass of discarded sleeping bags, tents, and garbage. The true spirit mover was Max Yasgur, one of those old wrinkled people who were generations away from the attendees, the farmer who let the festival happen on his land. He was the spirit of Woodstock. The rest is a myth. I was a Canadian teenager who could not get across the border to attend as the US Customs in my area began to enforce the rule about the minimum amount of money you had to have to sustain yourself for X number of days – it already was a disaster with transportation. Yes, a lot of the acts were established but many were not – Joe Cocker, Santana, Sweetwater to name a few so let this generation have a Woodstock . This will be, by the way, the fifth installment of Woodstock. Sure a lot of those bands I have never heard of but so what. Some of those others are classic but many have passed on and no longer with us, some no longer play, some can but perhaps shouldn’t. Yes, some of you original Woodstockers have become the people we warned each other about.

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    #18 LOSER LANG LOSES WOODSTOCK 16 June, 2019, 02:30

    Ive written 6 or 7 statements here & have called it from the beginning. Lang is a con man, has always been a con man & now has lost Woodstock 50. It’s sad I one respect but on the other hand it saved a lot of people money aggravation,disappointment & actually saved the town of Watkins Glen from being torn apart. Lang had 50 years to plan this festival & couldn’t make it work. You go Lang! You showed everyone the true asshole you always were. Now go away and stay out of the promotion business. You’re a born loser!

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  19. The Purging Lutheran
    #19 The Purging Lutheran 16 June, 2019, 09:16

    ”Woodstock 50 belongs to the people!” – but, um, tickets are $450.
    I’ll be glad when the 60s generation dies out.

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