Woodstock 50 has been canceled
Woodstock 50 has been canceled according to its investors at the Dentsu Aegis Network.
Peace, love and under . . . threat of litigation.
Woodstock 50, the most legally fraught celebration of good vibes on record, has racked up yet more attorneys’ fees, Page Six has learned.
Original Woodstock co-organizer Michael Lang announced in December that he planned to host a festival this August to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 cultural landmark. But the fest has since been dogged by a string of catastrophes, with its financial backer and production company pulling out and local authorities refusing permits — and with Lang threatening lawsuits throughout.
In the meantime, another flower child, Kenn Moutenot, decided to stage his own tribute to Woodstock, planning a two-weekend “Woodstock Experience” in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.
But, perhaps predictably, Lang wasn’t about to let a paean to more compassionate times go unmolested by threats of litigation.
In quick time, Moutenot received a letter — seen by Page Six — from the firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth on behalf of Lang. It warns that Moutenot’s event’s unauthorized use of the “WOODSTOCK® trade name and trademark will cause consumers and the trade to mistakenly believe that [Lang’s] Woodstock Ventures has approved, or is connected with, your activities, and will dilute the strength of the WOODSTOCK® name and mark.”
The letter demanded Moutenot cease the use of the name, so the new festival will now go ahead as WE2019.
Moutenot’s event — which boasts original Woodstock performers including John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful, Jefferson Starship, Canned Heat, Ten Years After and Melanie, among many other acts — will take place over the weekends of Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 16-18 at Saloon Studios in West Jefferson, NC, “an Old West town atmosphere set on 100 acres of North Carolina.”
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Lang insists Woodstock 50 will go ahead next month. His reps didn’t get back to us.
This article originally appeared on Page Six.
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