Call it—Woodstock 50 is dead before it even got off the ground.
The briefly-revived festival, meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Woodstock event that took place in Bethel, New York, has officially been cancelled by organizers, shortly after online ticket sales failed to launch. Fears of a cancellation have been looming ever since ticket sales failed to launch and payments to participating artists were stalled.
The billing was set to include JAY-Z, Chance the Rapper, Dead and Company, The Black Keys, Halsey, and more. In the days leading up to the official cancellation of the event, the Black Keys pulled out of their performance due to “scheduling conflicts,” though now it seems like their move was a foreboding red flag.
Speaking to Billboard, a spokesperson from Dentsu Aegis Network, which funded Woodstock 50, said in a statement,
“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.”
Stay tuned as the story develops.