Woodstock celebrates the 50th anniversary at the end of summer. The famous troubled festival had its trials since the beginning of the year. The spirit of the festival is still of the utmost importance, while preparing to accommodate 65,000 visitors at the end of summer. The anniversary is to be held in remembrance of the first festival when 500,000 people gathered almost like pilgrims at the Max Yasgur’s farm waiting three days for the festival to start.
Since the beginning of the year, Woodstock — the revival of the original event — dealt with several problems. Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang, had a dispute with his partner Greg Peck and producer of Superfly in April this year. The two sides had a distinctly opposite opinion as to how many people the 50th anniversary of the festival should accommodate.
Also, their principal investor Dentsu pulled out of the anniversary concert, intending to cancel it. The judge on the case ruled that Japanese conglomerate did not have the power to cancel the festival.
While the previous location was Watkins Glen International, the dispute has prolonged the festival payments, and the WG officials denied to work with Woodstock. The troubling festival almost ended when earlier this month the Vernon Town Supervisor Randy Watson exclaimed that Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold their festival between the 16th and 18th of August this year. The performers on the festival were paid in advance, and some of them are: Santana, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, The Killers, John Fogerty (of Creedence Clearwater Revival), David Crosby, John Sebastian, Hot Tuna (featuring Jefferson Airplane members), and members of the Grateful Dead.
The capacity of the Vernon Downs some 35 miles east of Syracuse is lower than expected, and it seems the festival can accommodate 65,000 people without camping. Reliving the festival means camping under the stars while nearby 24 vendor booths selling their wares at the Bindy Bazaar.
Many people who attended the festival in 1969 say it was a kind of a miracle.
Festival veteran Jason Felts, the producer of KAABOO festival series was approached by the festival’s troubled founder Michael Lang. Felts has a daunting task to revive the great Woodstock and recreate the miracle.