Woodstock 50 festival cancelled despite star-studded line-up with Jay Z and Miley Cyrus

Jay Z was set to headline Woodstock’s 50th anniversary celebrations (Picture: Getty Images)

Woodstock 50 festival organisers have announced that this year’s event is cancelled due to production issues.

The iconic three-day festival was scheduled to take place between 16-18 August in Watkins Glen, New York with a star-studded line-up that boasted Jay Z and Miley Cyrus among other top acts.

However, Dentsu Aegis, the Japanese financial partners of Woodstock 50, released a surprising statement on Monday announcing that the 2019 event has been pulled.

In the statement provided to Variety, the company said: ‘It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements.

‘We have a strong history of producing experiences that bring people together around common interests and causes which is why we chose to be a part of the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival.’

Fans were hoping to see Miley Cyrus on-stage at Woodstock (Picture: Getty Images)

The company went on to explain that they aren’t confident the festival could be ‘executed as an event worthy’ of the Woodstock brand and wanted to put the safety of festival-goers first.

They continued: ‘But despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.

‘As a result and after careful consideration, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel the festival. As difficult as it is, we believe this is the most prudent decision for all parties involved.’

A source told Variety that Dentsu Aegis were disappointed many production milestones had not been met and that the site could not accommodate the expected 100,000-strong audience.

Tweets about Woodstock 50 getting cancelled

Tweets about Woodstock 50 getting cancelled

Tweets about Woodstock 50 getting cancelled

Tweets about Woodstock 50 getting cancelled

Other artists who were scheduled to perform at the festival include Imagine Dragons, Chance The Rapper, Halsey and Lumineers.

Reacting to the news, one music fan criticised Woodstock’s line-up and felt the golden oldie acts should have ranked higher on the bill. They said: ‘I think the first and fatal mistake about #Woodstock50 (@woodstockfest) is putting contemporary artists before legends..
Come on man, are you kidding?’

Agreeing with the sentiments, another weighed in: ‘A HUGE problem with the #Woodstock50 lineup was that it looked to be more like an east coast Choachella rather than a woodstock.’

Others jokingly compared Woodstock’s fate to that of shambolic Fyre Festival in 2017. One said: ‘#Woodstock50 is under new management,’ alongside a photo of Fyre organisers Ja Rule and Billy MacFarland.

Another said: ‘If only there was someone who could save,’ with a photo of good old Andy King.

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