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'Woodstock: 3 Days That Lasted 50 Years' opening reception at Morrison Hotel Gallery
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Woodstock turning 50: photo exhibit opened, original festival being broadcast, more

If you're hoping to make a pilgrimage to the original site of the festival to celebrate the weekend, though, you are likely out of luck.

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Woodstock 50 is officially cancelled

”We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the Festival we imagined with the great line-up we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating,” original Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang said.

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Woodstock 50 “is what the world needs now,” organizers say, permit appeal denied again

”We regret that those in Vernon who supported Woodstock have been deprived of the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the rebirth of a cultural peace movement that changed the world in 1969 and is what the world needs now,” festival organizers write.

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Woodstock 50 has a new investor

”We believe in Woodstock as an important American cultural icon and look forward to its regeneration in the green fields of Watkins Glen this August with all of the artists on the remarkable lineup,” a representative of new Woodstock 50 investor Oppenheimer & Co said in a statement.

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Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang (via Facebook)
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listen to Michael Lang talk Woodstock 50: “all the talent is still in”

It was a mixed outcome in court for Woodstock, but original festival co-founder Michael Lang discussed it with his usual uncanny optimism in a new interview with Q104.3's Jim Kerr, where he suggested a ticket sale may be announced in the next week to ten days.

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Woodstock 50 wins court ruling to hold festival, still needs funding, permits

The festival has quite a bit of money to raise before its scheduled start date of August 16, as well as permits to obtain, tickets to put on sale, infrastructure to put in place, and more, if it's to go on as planned.

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Woodstock’s former financial partner accuses festival of “incompetence”

”Woodstock 50 LLC’s and Michael Lang’s misrepresentations, incompetence, and contractual breaches have made it impossible to produce a high-quality event that is safe and secure for concertgoers, artists, and staff,” the lawyer of former Woodstock financial partner Dentsu Aegis Network writes.

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Woodstock 50 suing former financial partner Dentsu Aegis Network

In a recent letter, Lang accused his former financial backer of ”illegally swept approximately $17 million from the festival bank account, leaving [Woodstock] in peril.”

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Woodstock’s former financial backer accused of draining festival bank account

”It is one thing if your company, Dentsu, wanted to back out of its commitment to Woodstock because it would not make as much money as it had hoped, but to try to suffocate and kill Woodstock so that we could not have a festival for our Golden Anniversary without you is puzzling for any company, let alone one that claims reform,” Michael Lang writes.

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Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang (via Facebook)
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Woodstock 50 artists won’t play, according to agents

Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang continues to insist, "we're gonna get this done," but the circumstances around producing the festival - even over usage of the Woodstock 50 name - make that seem unlikely.

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