Organizers insist the 50th anniversary of Woodstock’s event, Woodstock50, is still happening despite rumors of disorganization and missing permits.
Tickets for Woodstock50 were expected to go on-sale today (April 22nd) to coincide with Earth Day, but are still unavailable with no available date at this time. Woodstock50 is less than four months away, scheduled for August 16-18th (the same weekend the iconic Woodstock Music & Arts Festival was held in 1969). Festival goers hoping to purchase tickets and plan their trips are voicing concerns about the festival’s possible cancellation.
Michael Lang, co-founder of the original festival and producer of the 50th anniversary edition, dismissed fears of the fest’s cancellation as “just more rumors” in a statement. “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for fifty years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention,” Lang said.
According to Pitchfork, the festival has not yet acquired a required mass gathering permit from the New York State Department of Health, which is the likely cause of the delay. With a crowd of 100,000 expected at Woodstock50 this permit could make or break the festival.
Representatives for acts scheduled to perform at the festival have expressed concern, with one anonymously telling Billboard, “No one knows what the hell is going on but there is clearly a problem.” At this time no artists have pulled out due to the ticket sales delay – The Black Keys cancelled shortly after the lineup announcement due to “scheduling conflicts”.
The festival announced a packed lineup in March, including Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monáe, and many, many more.