Woodstock 50 feud enters next chapter

May 2, 2019

New day, same drama.

 In a new development following the cancellation and apparent un-cancellation of Woodstock 50, the festival organizers have hired President Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, to help the fledgling event.

 

The word of Woodstock 50’s cancellation came from Dentsu Aegis Network, a marketing agency and live events partner with Woodstock.

 

In a statement Dentsu said: "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."

 

But the organisers clapped back, telling Poughkeepsie Journal the festival was all-go and that they'd be seeking legal action for Dentsu's claims.

 

The drama is ongoing while Woodstock’s production partner, Superfly, has also cut ties with the festival.

 

“The producers of the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival hired Superfly to leverage our expertise as veteran event producers to manage festival operations, a role that aligned with our mission of creating shared experiences that build community,” a spokesperson for the company told Rolling Stone.

 

“Throughout our engagement our team provided counsel and recommendation on the necessary elements required to produce a safe and first-class experience. Following the decision of one of our clients, Dentsu, to cancel the event, we will no longer be participating in ongoing related activities.”

 

Though many see Woodstock 50 as a lost cause, festival co-founder Michael Lang is refusing to throw in the towel.

 

“I know that in this day and age when things are so buttoned down, and the industry is so buttoned down, this is kind of an oddity. But things happen when you are committed and have a purpose, and we are getting a lot of heartfelt support out there,” Lang told the New York Times.

“The bottom line is, there is going to be a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival, as there must be, and it’s going to be a blast,” he added in a April 30 email sent to fans."

 

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