After postponing ticket sales last week and losing The Black Keys as a headliner, Dentsu Aegis Network, who is funding the festival, released a statement that Woodstock 50 is cancelled. A festival representative, on the otherhand, contradicts the statement.
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“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,” Dentsu Aegis Network revealed in a statement. “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, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live reported that it has cancelled the festival, which was set to feature artists like the Raconteurs, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, and many more. Despite the release, a statement from Woodstock 50 itself, which was given to the Poughkeepsie Journal, contradicts this announcement.
BREAKING UPDATE: According to The Poughkeepsie Journal, Woodstock organizers are denying the cancellation. However, they also report that Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn said he received notification that the event is being canceled. https://t.co/0LYGMH7O9u
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“Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancellation and legal remedy will (be) sought,” the statement reads. It seems that, although Dentsu Aegis has decided to pull its funding, Woodstock 50’s organizers believe they may be able to throw the festival without it. However, the Poughkeepsie Journal also reports that Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn stated that he received notification that the event is being cancelled.
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