What Is Going On With Woodstock 50? Ticket Sales Delayed Because Of Permit Issues

Woodstock organizers say the festival won't be canceled, though tickets won't go on sale today, April 22 as planned.
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Woodstock 50 may be a bit of trouble. The festival was supposed to release their tickets today, April 22, but the date has been pushed back indefinitely as organizers have not been able to secure proper permits for the event.

According to Pitchfork, Woodstock 50 hadn’t secured their mass gathering permit from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) as of Friday, April 19. Nothing seems to have changed as of this writing.

According to Tim O’Hearn, administrator of Schuyler County (which includes the village of Watkins Glen), Watkins Glenn International filed for a permit on April 15, which seems awful late.

"The health department is reviewing to determine if a conditional permit may be issued that would allow for ticket sales to commence,” O'Hearn told Pitchfork. “At this point there is no on-sale date set.”

In a statement to Billboard Michael Lang, the main promoter for the event downplayed "rumors" of a cancelation.

In the end if everything works out, then people will generally only remember the final product. But things have been rocky so far with permit issues and the Black Keys pulling out of their headline slot. On such a short timeline, they will need to get tickets moving quickly and with a big initial push to make sure the 100,000 person anniversary concert still goes on.

Woodstock 50 will take place August 16-18 at Watkins Glen International Speedway. Names like Jay-Z, Santana, The Lumineers, Dead & Company, Chance The Rapper, The Killers and more are all scheduled to perform. 

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