Woodstock 50 Denied Permit For New Venue

Woodstock 50 has been denied permission to hold the anniversary festival at Vernon Downs, a racetrack, casino and entertainment facility in Vernon, New York, with officials saying the application is too late and incomplete. The festival's promoters are seeking a new location after losing the original venue, Watkins Glen International, in June. Variety quoted Oneida County Administrator Anthony Picente Jr. as saying the promoters have five days to appeal the decision, but their chances are "highly unlikely" because "what they have submitted to date has not met many of the requirements." According to Fox News, Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol told opponents of the festival that it would be impossible to ensure public safety on such short notice. The permit denial is just the latest setback for the three-day Woodstock 50 festival, which is scheduled for August 16 - 18. Dentsu Aegis, the corporate financier of the festival, pulled out of the event on April 29. The multinational Japanese conglomerate had agreed to provide $49 million in funding but backed out of the contract due to "misrepresentations, incompetence, and contractual breaches" Production companies Superfly and CID Entertainment have also backed out of producing the event. The planned lineup for the festival includes headliners such as Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Miley Cyrus and Santana, among others.