Woodstock 50 Can Continue as Planned Per Court Order

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 18, 2019

Earlier this week, Woodstock LC, the entity that owns the Woodstock intellectual property, and Dentsu/Amplifi live, the Japanese mega-corp that invested almost $18 million in the event, battled over a preliminary injunction in NY state court. "We can't wait to bring this important event to the public this summer", festival organizer Gregory Peck said in a statement released to ET on Wednesday after the ruling. As such, Lang finds himself in a bind where he insists his festival will go ahead but has absolutely no money to finance it. Denstu says that it feels "vindicated to hear that the court agreed with what [it has] maintained all along", while Lang maintains that he "ha [s] never lost faith that the Festival would take place ..."

Woodstock 50 LLC's lawyer Marc Kasowitz stated, "We are gratified that Justice Ostrager has ruled unequivocally that Dentsu did not have the right to cancel the Festival, and is immediately enjoined from cancelling the Festival". I would like to thank all of the talent and their representatives for their patience and support.

"Woodstock 50 is on!" However, the Woodstock 50 founder combatted those claims by saying that it's still going on but unfortunately, he's out of $17.8M that was meant for the festival. Lang announced the lineup to Woodstock 50 in March which billed current top-tier artists including The Killers, Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus plus legacy acts like Santana, Dead & Company, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and Canned Heat. "Which was and remains Woodstock 50's mission". Lang originally pushed for as much as 150,000 attendees, but it was cut in half to 75,000.

"While we understand that pursuant to the court's ruling Amplifi Live can not cancel the festival without Woodstock 50's agreement, at this time we do not intend to further invest in the festival due to the issues noted by the court, as well as the compressed timeframe, and multiple health and safety concerns", the spokesperson said. More than 600,000 came to The Glen located in the Finger Lakes for Summer Jam in 1973, but officials expressed concerns over the cancellation of Phish's Curveball festival at the same site past year due to health concerns and a lack of drinking water.

Promoter Michael Lang, celebrating Woodstock's 40th anniversary in NY in 2009. Major Eric L. Laughton also expressed concerns about a proposed "kidstock" section encouraging children to attend and anxious a proposed pedestrian bridge would collapse.

Dentsu accused Lang of "incompetence" and breach of contract by continuing to push for a higher capacity and booking more artists without permission. A mid-April sale date for tickets was postponed and has yet to be rescheduled. No prices were ever officially announced, but Dentsu was reportedly upset that Lang mentioned a $450 price in an interview with Bloomberg last month.

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