Woodstock 50 Lawsuits Begin

Not surprisingly, the battle over Woodstock 50 is headed to court.

The Blast reports that promoter Michael Lang and his Woodstock 50 company have filed suit against his former financial backer Dentsu, claiming that the company had no right to say the festival was canceled and to remove $17.8 million from the event’s bank account. The suit claims that Dentsu tried to “seize control of and oust [Lang] from the Festival’s production” before announcing that the festival was canceled, and that it had no right to inform artists that they were released from their contracts even though they had been paid in full.

Lang is asking that Dentsu be forced into arbitration and, in the meantime, stop badmouthing the festival. Oh, and return the $17.8 million to the festival’s bank account.

Again, if Lang is able to salvage the festival, it is scheduled for August 16th, 17th and 18th in Watkins Glen, New York.

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