On Monday, June 10th, Watkins Glen International Speedway announced that they are no longer hosting Woodstock 50. Following their footsteps, the producer of the event, CID Entertainment, also announced that they are ending their involvement with Woodstock 50. The producer issued a statement about no longer being involved after the New York State Department of Health rescinded the permit application for the festival.
CID entertainment was supposed to provide enhanced camping, travel packages, and transportation for Woodstock 50. CID Entertainment’s Dan Berkowitz told Billboard in a statement that they were supposed to replace Rick Farman’s Superfly, who had agreed to produce the event for $3 million. Superfly then withdrew their involvement, and Dentsu, an international advertising and PR company, were meant to finance the event, but they also withdrew their involvement. Micheal Lang, co-producer of the original 1969 Woodstock, and partner Greg Peck replaced them with CID Entertainment, which is owned by OnLocation.
— Mi Chic New York (@MiChicNewYork1) June 11, 2019
With Watkins Glen terminating the site license, causing the New York State of Health department to rescind the permit application, and having CID pull out of the event, things have not been looking good for Woodstock 50. Host Tim O’Hearn told Billboard in a statement that it is “a major disappointment to us in that we looked forward to hosting this iconic event in our community”.
“We confirm that we will not be moving forward with Watkins Glen as a venue for Woodstock 50,” Officials responded. “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”.
The line up for the festival included artists such as Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus, The Killers and more, as seen below.
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— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) March 20, 2019
As of now, there is no venue, tickets have not been put on sale and there is no permit for the mass gathering for the festival. Lang and Peck are without funding for the event after Dentsu dropped as financier.
Lead photo courtesy of Ric Manning.