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Woodstock 50 organizers netted a big win today with a judge on the Supreme Court of the State of New York ruling that former investors, Dentsu, had no right to cancel the festival.

The festival’s official Twitter shared the following: “Judge rules Woodstock 50 Festival may go ahead as planned! Dentsu Aegis had no right to cancel the Festival. Michael Lang thanked all the Artists and representatives for their support and looks forward to an amazing and inspiring Festival in August.”

In his own statement per Variety, Michael Lang said, “We have always relied on the truth and have never lost faith that the Festival would take place. I would like to thank all of the talent and their representatives for their patience and support. Woodstock 50 will be an amazing and inspiring festival experience.”

However, it wasn’t all peace, love and victory for Woodstock 50 in court today. Variety also noted that, “Judge Barry Ostrager declined to order Dentsu to return the $17.8 million Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang had alleged Amplifi  [a subsidiary of Dentsu] ‘siphoned’ from the festival bank account, leaving Woodstock 50 with still more financial ground to make up if the event is to continue.”

Even with all of these legal issues settle, it’s still unknown whether Woodstock 50 really will take place. The August 16-18 festival, which is slated to take place in Watkins Glen, N.Y., still hasn’t confirmed they obtained the necessary permits for the festival, and tickets have yet to go on sale.

As with all things related to Woodstock 50, we’ll just have to wait and see, but time is very much running out.


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.