Woodstock 50 loses venue following contract issues
It's beginning to feel like someone has put a curse on Woodstock 50 as the festival hits yet another snag. After losing their original investor Dentsu Aegis Network, Woodstock tackled that issue by finding the festival another backer. Now, it looks like they have another major hurdle to jump as the festival has allegedly lost their venue.
The series of unfortunate events started when Dentsu announced that the festival was canceled.
Woodstock 50, L.L.C. claimed that the company violated their agreement by making such an announcement when they claimed the festival was still a go.
The festival ended up filing and winning a lawsuit against Dentsu, with the court ordering the company to pay back $18.5 million.
Despite all the issues, festival organizer Robert Lang said back in May that tickets could go on sale within the next two weeks. He revealed in a radio interview that weekend passes will cost less than $400.
Tickets have yet to go on sale and unfortunately, it looks like Woodstock will have another major issue to confront as TMZ reports Watkins Glen International terminated the festival's site license on Monday.
The venue cited its contract with Woodstock as the reason behind the permit scrap.
“Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract,” the racetrack said in a statement. “As such, WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival.”
Tim O'Hearn, an administrator for Schuyler County where Woodstock was to be held, tells The Poughkeepsie Journal that the cancellation “comes as a major disappointment to us in that we looked forward to hosting this iconic event in our community."
He adds, “While today’s announcement is difficult to absorb, it is not completely unexpected, given the well-publicized delays related to this planned event. We commend Watkins Glen International for their actions, which we feel are in the overall best interest of the community.”
Woodstock Principal Gregory Peck states the festival is already in discussion with another venue.
“We confirm that we will not be moving forward with Watkins Glen as a venue for Woodstock 50. 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.”
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