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Woodstock 50 ticket sales delayed, organizers insist festival won't be canceled


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Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music

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With Coachella winding down, another massive music event is on the horizon: the Woodstock 50 festival, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the original three days of peace, love, and music in 1969. But any eager festival-goers hoping to lock down tickets will have to wait a bit.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Woodstock 50’s ticket on-sale date has been delayed, with no new date announced. Tickets had been scheduled to go on sale Monday, April 22, to coincide with Earth Day. The festival is still scheduled to take place August 16-18 in upstate New York, but the ticket sale delay has sparked concern among agents and managers that the event will be canceled.

According to Pitchfork, the festival has not yet acquired a required mass gathering permit from the New York State Department of Health, which is the likely cause of the delay. Representatives for acts scheduled to perform at the festival have expressed concern, with one anonymously telling Billboard, “No one knows what the hell is going on but there is clearly a problem.”

Michael Lang, a co-founder of the original festival and producer of the 50th anniversary edition, dismissed fears of the fest’s cancellation as “just more rumors” in a statement. “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for fifty years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention,” Lang said.

The festival announced a packed lineup in March, including Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monáe, and many, many more. However, the Black Keys dropped out of the festival a few weeks later, citing “a scheduling conflict.”

Representatives for Woodstock 50 did not return EW’s request for comment.

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