Woodstock, Woodstock 50
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Woodstock 50 has many fans and artists worried about the future of the festival this year. In honor of Earth Day, tickets were supposed to go on sale this forthcoming Monday, April 22. However, the ticket launch has been postponed, in turn sparking cancellation rumors.

According to Billboard, an email has since been sent out, telling agents the cause of the delay.

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“There is currently a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date,” an email from talent manager Amanda Phelan says. “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.”

Despite the delay for ticket sales, founder Michael Lang says the buzz is only just hearsay.

“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,” Lang says. Additionally, the founder calls the recent talk of cancellation, “just more rumors.”

However some agents don’t seem too convinced. In the story with Billboard, one agent says, “No one knows what the hell is going on but there is clearly a problem.”

Recently, the festival lost one of its headliners. A few weeks ago, the Black Keys announced that they would not be performing at the festival due to a “scheduling conflict.”

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Rumors and the Black Keys aside, other headliners this year include Halseythe KillersJay-ZChance The Rapper and Miley Cyrus.

Woodstock’s 50th anniversary festival will also welcome Woodstock-era staples such as Dead & Company, Santana, John Fogerty and Robert Plant And The Sensational Shape Shifters. Additionally, other bands that will definitely ring a bell to scene enthusiasts include Fever 333Bishop BriggsGrandson and Boygenius.

However, despite the impressive lineup, the festival has gotten backlash for their recent shift in genre. Additionally, many folks believe the festival has strayed from its roots and become a cash-grab of sorts.

You can check out the full lineup for this year’s festival here.

What do you think of the recent Woodstock 50 rumors? Sound off in the comments below.

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