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Old 06-16-2019, 04:09 AM   #73
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Re: Woodstock 50th Anniversary Planned

Original Woodstock bands accuse troubled new festival of threatening their legacy

It was intended to be a celebration of a cultural icon, a gathering to commemorate freedom and joy and music and life.

But with only 60 days until Woodstock’s 50th anniversary concert, the event is more filled with panic and legal chaos than peace and love.

The 50th show, organised by original Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang, is scheduled for August 16-18 and features a lineup of 1960s and new acts. Headliners include Jay-Z, The Killers and Miley Cyrus, who will play alongside a series of “Woodstock originals” like Santana, Canned Heat, and David Crosby.

But the concert, announced in December, has been plagued by problems and Mr Lang now confronts the same predicament he faced in the summer of 1969: running out of time to pull off the show.

This week its venue fell through, with the owners claiming they had not been paid.

Now there are signs of a revolt from some performers.

“We're all sick of the lack of professionalism and lack of truth,” said the manager of one of the original Woodstock bands set to play on in August.

“It's called the ‘music business’, but in this case, there has been no business,” he told The Telegraph.

Furthermore, many of the original acts have told The Telegraph that the organisers are simply cashing in on the concert’s legendary name, and that the 50th anniversary show should never have been organised in the first place.

Stu Cook, bass guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival, said it was a fool’s errand to try to recreate the original.

“The real concert was actually never about the bands,” he told The Telegraph, speaking from his Arizona hotel, where he and fellow band member Doug Clifford were about to go on stage.

“It was all about the audience. We were just bait. The real story is the audience; how they kept it together, despite the lack of food, or running water, or shelter from the torrential rain.

“The music was chaotic – I don’t think anybody got a full song. But what they are doing, with the 50th show, is trying to recreate something that was simply magic, and can’t be repeated.”

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No Location, Tickets TBD and 1 Act Down: All the Problems Plaguing Woodstock 50 After the Fyre Fest Debacle

Peace, love and strife.

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The Turbulent Saga of Woodstock 50: A Timeline

The ever-evolving saga of Woodstock 50 has been turbulent, to say the least. After co-creator of the original Woodstock concert Michael Lang announced plans to put on a 50th anniversary concert back in January, the festival has been fraught with financial troubles, legal issues and general mass confusion, teetering between collapse and success day to day.

To help guide you through the series of unfolding events surrounding Woodstock 50, here's a timeline of everything that's happened so far.

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Woodstock 50 considering Vernon Downs for 2019 festival site (report)

A Central New York casino and racetrack is among half a dozen locations being considered for the 2019 Woodstock festival, according to a new report.

WKTV reports Vernon Town Supervisor Randy Watson and Vernon Downs officials have confirmed that the Vernon Downs Casino Hotel and racetrack is one of five or six venues being considered for Woodstock 50. The 50th anniversary festival is scheduled for Aug. 16-18, but lost its site last week after Watkins Glen International pulled out of hosting.

Watson told the Utica TV station that Woodstock organizers are in the process of filling out an application for a permit from the town of Vernon, but have not completed it.

Vernon Downs, located 40 miles east of Syracuse in Vernon, N.Y., said in 2012 it could hold up to 30,000 people for a Bruce Springsteen concert that year. Could it hold more? Possibly, but 30,000 is a respectable number for a music festival with just 60 days to go and the site includes lots of nearby options to stay, such as the Vernon Downs Casino Hotel and the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

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Just cancel the damn thing already!
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Woodstock 50 loses court battle over funds; more venues in CNY being considered?

The 2019 Woodstock festival needs a new venue -- and money -- to happen.

The latter just got harder as The Poughkeepsie Journal reports Woodstock 50 organizers lost a court battle for $18.5 million from its former financial partner, Dentsu Aegis Network. A panel of state Appellate Court judges ruled the Japanese company does not have to return the funds after backing out of the event.

Woodstock 50 organizers have vowed the show will go on, claiming they’re “in discussions with another venue" -- but where?

NewsChannel 9 reports Lang is also considering sites in Syracuse and Oswego. Specific locations were not named, but Oswego Harborfest estimates an average of 100,000 attendees for its annual weekend festival centered on Breitbeck Park; Lang previously tried to get 150,000 for Watkins Glen, but the site could only hold up to 75,000 people.

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Troubled Woodstock 50 festival organizers eye new venue in upstate N.Y.

Organizers struggling to find a venue for a 50th anniversary Woodstock tribute may get to dance to the music after all.

Planners are eyeing an upstate New York harness racing track and casino for a Woodstock 50 festival. Although the Vernon Downs facility near Syracuse is much smaller than the Watkins Glen International Speedway site, excitement over the commemoration is beginning to build again.

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Woodstock 2019: Where will anniversary shows be, how to get tickets, what to know

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Organizers struggling to find a venue for a 50th anniversary Woodstock tribute may get to dance to the music after all.

Planners are eyeing an upstate New York harness racing track and casino for a Woodstock 50 festival. Although the Vernon Downs facility near Syracuse is much smaller than the Watkins Glen International Speedway site, excitement over the commemoration is beginning to build again.

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...fza-story.html
Vernon Downs is about 15 miles from my house, so imagine my excitement. Miley Cyrus!! The Killers!! Canned Heat??? Who the hell is still alive and functioning in Canned Heat? I'll pass.
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I wouldn't go see it if I lived right across the street.
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Woodstock 50 artists haven’t been told about new site at Vernon Downs (report)

The 2019 Woodstock festival may have another issue brewing as it gets closer to securing a new site in Central New York.

Billboard reports none of the 80 performers scheduled for Woodstock 50 have been told about the venue change, now expected to take place at Vernon Downs on Aug. 16-18. Woodstock organizers have reportedly submitted a mass gathering permit application to stage the three-day 50th anniversary festival at the site of a casino, hotel and harness horse racing track in Vernon, N.Y., with a proposed capacity of 65,000.

Vernon Downs, located 40 miles east of Syracuse, is a major change. It’s two hours from the original site proposed for Woodstock 50 -- Watkins Glen International raceway in the Finger Lakes -- and it’s a smaller space; Woodstock co-founder and 50th anniversary festival organizer Michael Lang previously claimed Watkins Glen could hold 150,000 though a later permit application for The Glen was for half that: 75,000.

According to Billboard, most of the artist contracts were with Dentsu Aegis Network, the original investor for Woodstock 50. Dentsu pulled out in April and tried to “cancel” the event; a judge ruled against Dentsu, but all of the contracts list Watkins Glen as the festival site.

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Planning, preps, underway for Woodstock 50th anniversary show

While Woodstock promoters await the required mass-gathering permit from the NYS Department of Health, local law enforcement is proceeding as though the 50th anniversary festival is happening at Vernon Downs.

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Here’s what we know about Woodstock 50 at Vernon Downs: Not much

Vernon, N.Y. -- With just seven weeks to go before the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival is scheduled to open at Vernon Downs, details remain murky and people in the know aren’t saying much.

The promoters putting on the event won’t comment. The state and county agencies reviewing Woodstock 50’s application won’t discuss details. Officials at Vernon Downs referred calls to a spokesman who said he had little to share.

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Woodstock 50 organizers still hopeful despite second venue setback

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The organizers of the beleaguered Woodstock 50 festival said on Tuesday they still hoped to get a permit for the event due to take place next month despite being turned down at a second site.

Authorities in the town of Vernon in upstate New York turned down the organizers’ application to stage the three-day event, marking the 50th anniversary of the famed 1969 “peace and music” festival.

Oneida County Administrator Anthony Picente Jr told Hollywood trade publication Variety that efforts to stage the festival at Vernon Downs for some 65,000 people at short notice had been “chaotic.” Picente said he thought the chances of it taking place were “highly unlikely.”

However, Woodstock 50 producers said they would appeal. “With a venue chosen, financing assembled and many of the artists supporting Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary event, the organizers are hopeful that their appeal and reapplication” will prevail, the producers said in a statement.

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1960s rocker reflects on 50th anniversary of Woodstock

Nobody knew at the time it was planned that the Woodstock Music Festival would become a cultural milestone.

“We didn’t foresee what Woodstock would be. Of course, nobody knew it until after it happened what an event it was,” said Dave Getz, drummer for Big Brother & the Holding Company, former band of the late Janis Joplin. “Nobody had any idea before Woodstock what was going to happen. It was just a festival, that’s all. Nobody knew a half a million people were going to show up.”

As the world celebrates this year the 50th anniversary of the “3 Days of Peace & Music” that stretched into a fourth day, The Heroes of Woodstock Tour stops in St. Charles at 5 p.m. July 21 at The Arcada Theatre. Performing are original Woodstock headliners Canned Heat, along with Big Brother & the Holding Company — the band at the center of the ’60s counter-culture. While Big Brother did not play the famed festival, the band nevertheless feels a connection, Getz said.

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Is Woodstock 50 Happening? Organizers Rejected Again By City Officials

Woodstock 50 has taken another blow: A second proposal from organizers of the three-day concert was rejected late Thursday by city officials in Vernon, New York, who claimed it was incomplete and came far too late. An earlier application filed on Tuesday was dismissed on similar grounds.

Producers of the 50th anniversary concert say they will appeal.

"We also have submitted a comprehensive new application that is nearly 500 pages in length that spells out in great detail our plans for security, traffic and medical emergencies," read a statement from the group. "We believe there was no legal reason for the Town to turn down the original permit application."

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