Doing some serious damage control, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang has come out saying that the suggestion that his 50th-anniversary event was being canceled was “just more rumors,” this comes only a month after denying that the festival was in trouble.
The one thing he didn’t address was a reason why ticket sales had been put on hold for the festival, which is set to take place between Aug 16th-18th at Watkins Glen International Speedway in upstate New York.
It was reported by Billboard that talent staff for the festival sent an email to artist agents on Friday (April 19), explaining: “There is currently a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date. We are waiting on an official press statement from Woodstock 50 regarding updated announce, ticket pricing, and overall festival information. We will get this information to you as soon as we receive it.” Prior to the email going out, the planned ticket release date was April 22nd, which would co-inside with Earth Day.
In a statement from Lang, he said: “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for 50 years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention.” Lang also added that the latest reports were “just more rumors.” He continued: “We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once in a lifetime event.”
In contrast to Lang’s statement, one agent explained: “No one knows what the hell is going on but there is clearly a problem.”