Will the anniversary festival's acts move with the event?
If Woodstock 50 organizers have a new venue and a potential producer waiting in the wings, they haven't told the 80 artists listed on the Woodstock 50 lineup.
Managers, agents and publicists for the bands playing the Aug 14-16 anniversary are telling Billboard that 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, about two hours east of the original site at Watkins Glen.
Many of the artist contracts were made directly with Dentsu, the corporate financier of the festival who paid out $32 million in artist fees and production costs before pulling out of the event on April 29. Sources tell Billboard that Dentsu reached out to the big three agencies representing the bulk of acts at the festival -- CAA, Paradigm and WME -- and told reps they planned to honor their commitment and not seek the return of the money already paid to artists. At this point, Dentsu executives would prefer Woodstock 50 not take place and have sent Peck multiple letters asserting control over the event, although a New York judge's order prevents Dentsu from cancelling Woodstock 50.