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Woodstock 50 organizer denies rumors of financial trouble

Is the 2019 Woodstock festival in trouble?

Original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang is marking the iconic music event’s 50th anniversary with a three-day event at Watkins Glen called “Woodstock 50.” However, with less than six months to go, Lang still hasn’t announced a lineup or ticket info — despite originally promising details by the end of January.

Rumors have begun swirling about financial troubles for Woodstock 50, currently scheduled for Aug. 16-18 at Watkins Glen. A competing event at the original Woodstock site on same weekend, dubbed the “Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival,” has already been scrapped and replaced with three smaller concerts at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Lang, however, denies there’s any problems with Woodstock 50.

“There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock,” he told Variety on Tuesday. “We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

The latest rumors suggest Woodstock 50 performers could include the Dead & Company (featuring John Mayer and members of the Grateful Dead), The Black Keys, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Halsey, and Imagine Dragons. Lang said in January at least 40 artists had already been booked, but hasn’t released any names.

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