Why the Woodstock 50 Festival Was Cancelled

Unfortunately, Woodstock 50, this summer’s 50th anniversary celebration of arguably the most iconic music festival in history will not be happening.

Organizers just announced they are cancelling the 3 day festival following a delay in tickets going on sale earlier this month, that prompted speculation the event was in jeopardy.

Michael Lang, the original Woodstock’s founder who was heavily involved in the upcoming reincarnation even went so far as to dispel the rumor on April 19th.

But yesterday the corporation financing the festival officially cancelled it, saying in a statement:

"It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements. We have a strong history of producing experiences that bring people together around common interests and causes which is why we chose to be a part of the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival. But 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."

The statement continued, “As difficult as it is we believe this is the most prudent decision for all parties involved.”


Photo: Getty Images

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan is quite simply one of the most influential, well-regarded, and well-known names in Hollywood. He is the quintessential Hollywood insider who always manages to have the biggest scoops and the most sought after access to top events and celebrities. Read more

The latest in news, straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to the On Air with Ryan Seacrest newsletter!


Content Goes Here