Woodstock 50 Music & Arts Fair Canceled

Watkins Glen, NY – The Woodstock 50 Music & Arts Fair has been canceled. According to a statement obtained by Billboard, festival organizers with the Dentsu Aegis Network felt they couldn’t do the Woodstock brand justice.

“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements, the statement reads. “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. As a result and after careful consideration, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel.”

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Hip Hop artists originally scheduled for the event included JAY-Z, Chance The Rapper, Common and Run The Jewels.

Following the lineup announcement, Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang found himself having to defend their choices to festival purists, telling TMZ, “It’s not something we’re planning on doing every year, the 50th is a special anniversary. We’re hoping to engage people in social discourse and give them an incredible weekend, one that they’ll hopefully remember for the rest of their lives.”


[This article has been updated. The original version was published on March 20, 2019 and can be found below.]

In celebration of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, co-founder and producer of the 1969 Woodstock festival Michael Lang has announced the official lineup for the modern-day version of the iconic festival.

According to a press release, the three-day Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair boasts over 80 musical acts and takes place on the 50th anniversary weekend in Upstate New York.

JAY-Z is scheduled to headline Sunday (August 18) while Run The Jewels, Akon and Princess Nokia perform on Friday (August 16). Other notable Hip Hop and R&B acts performing throughout the week include Chance The Rapper, Janelle Monáe, SiR, Vince Staples and Earl Sweatshirt.

“We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation,” Lang said in the press release. “Our hope is that today, just as in 1969, music will be the constant that can inspire positive change.”

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In addition to original Woodstock ’69 icons Santana and Dead & Company, legendary acts booked for the event include Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, David Crosby and Friends, John Fogerty, Canned Heat, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian and Melanie.

Billed as “3 Days of Peace and Music,” the original Woodstock was a reaction by the youth of its time to the tumultuous conditions they faced and many of the causes that inspired them, including civil rights, women’s rights and the anti-war movement. Woodstock was a defining cultural and historical moment that brought over 400,000 together for music, peace and love.

The Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair takes place on August 16-18 in Watkins Glen.

Tickets go on sale on April 22, which just happens to be Earth Day. To get general information before general tickets go on sale, email: [email protected]

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