Woodstock 50 Organizers Haven’t Contacted Artists About New Venue

June 27, 2019
Woodstock Music Festival co-producer Micael Lang attends a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock at the at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC on August 13, 2009

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While the organizers of Woodstock 50 have reportedly found a new venue for the August event, they have failed to contact the booked artists about the big change. According to Billboard, the managers, agents and publicists for the bands scheduled to play August 14-16 say that event co-founder Michael Lang and partner Greg Peck have not reached out with any updates on a potential new site for the festival at the Vernon Downs racetrack in Upstate New York. The racetrack is located about two hours east of the original site at Watkins Glen. Sources close to the troubled festival have confirmed that many of the artist contracts were made directly with Dentsu, the corporate financier of the festival who pulled out of the event on April 29. After exiting the event, Dentsu reportedly reached out to the big three agencies representing the bulk of acts and told reps they planned to not seek the return of the money already paid to artists.