The organizers of the 50th anniversary festival of Woodstock announced Monday the cancellation of the event, which was to be held from August 16 to 18 in Watkins Glen (New York, USA) with a sign led by The Killers, Santana , Dead & Company and Jay-Z.
This was indicated by the company responsible for financing Woodstock 50, Dentsu Aegis, in a note sent to Billboard magazine: “Despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we do not believe that the production of the festival can be executed as a worthy event. of the Woodstock brand. “
Dentsu Aegis considered that it is “a dream for the agencies to work with iconic brands and be associated with significant movements” such as Woodstock, but pointed out that he wanted to “guarantee the health and safety of the artists, partners and assistants”.
“As a result, and after careful consideration, the Amplifi Live firm of Dentsu Aegis Network, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel the festival, and as difficult as it is, we believe it is the most prudent decision for all parties involved,” he concludes. the note.
Billboard also cites other festival representatives, who were “concerned about the festival’s capacity, site preparation and problems with permits.”
Woodstock 50 did not start selling tickets on the date it was announced, Earth Day (April 22), which aroused doubts about this festival in which the organizers had already allocated more than 30 million dollars to the artists’ collection, collect Billboard.
At the end of March, the organization unveiled a poster full of contemporary stars such as Jay-Z or The Killers and legends such as Santana, John Fogerty or Dead & Company, all ready to celebrate a festival that changed the history of music.
Although they did not participate in the great hippie celebration of 1969, 50 veterans such as Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) or The Zombies were also to be seen in Woodstock.
With the promise of “three days of peace and music”, the original Woodstock festival was held in August 1969 and was one of the summits of the hippie era and the counterculture in the 60s, a time when young people They questioned the social conventions of the United States and experimented with sex, drugs and art. (EFEUSA) .-