First it lost the Black Keys. Then it lost its investors. And now the barely breathing Woodstock 50 festival, scheduled for mid-August in upstate New York, has lost its venue. The Watkins Glen International racetrack has pulled out of its contract with the event's organizers.
A representative for the facility said, “Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract. As such, WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival.”
A rep for Woodstock 50 confirmed that Watkins Glen was out of the picture and said the festival was “in discussions with another venue” to host the show.
The festival's troubles began in April when ticket sales were delayed and the show's primary financier, Dentsu Aegis, pulled its funding and announced that the event was canceled. Although a judge ruled that Dentsu did not have the right to cancel the show, it also did not have to return its money to the festival.
Then the festival’s production partner, Superfly, canceled its contract with Woodstock 50, while agents for the acts slated to perform began saying their clients were no longer obligated to show up. Organizers, led by the original festival's co-founder Michael Lang, secured a new financial partner while working to get a permit for the concert.
If the show goes forward on the weekend of August 16th through the 18th as planned, theoretical performers include The Killers, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Imagine Dragons, Cage The Elephant, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, Janelle Monae, Vince Staples and many others, as well as veterans of the 1969 event like John Fogerty, Santana, David Crosby, John Sebastian, Canned Heat and Hot Tuna.