Woodstock 50 Has Been Canceled, Per Reports

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Woodstock 50, one of two events that was intended to take place this August to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1969 music festival/cultural event, has been canceled per reports circulating on Monday.

Dentsu, one of the primary investors working on the event, issued a statement, per Rolling Stone:

“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements,” Dentsu said in a statement. “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 lineup for Woodstock 50 was announced on March 20 and featured acts including Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, the Killers, Dead & Company, the Raconteurs and more, but tickets did not go on sale and there was rampant speculation as to whether the event, which was scheduled for August 16-18 at Watkins Glen, New York, would even take place.

The other event put on to celebrate Woodstock, the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, is set for Aug. 15 – 18 and features Santana, Ringo Starr and more.

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