Is Woodstock 50 going to pick itself up off the floor?
The organizers for the ill-fated Woodstock 50 music festival are suing Dentsu, the major investor that pulled out on short notice, causing the event's foreclosure, or close to it. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, the festival committee is basically accusing Dentsu, a Japanese advertising and public relations firm, of trying to sabotage the event behind their backs.
There's a strong belief amongst the chief executives that Dentsu contacted some of the enlisted performers in an attempt to dissuade them - after they'd come to the decision they no longer wanted to participate in the project.
Despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners, and attendees," read the statement issued by Dentsu once they'd pulled their investment dollars out of the pot.
The court documents, while revelatory, don't go on to reveal which artists Dentsu "allegedly" tried to coerce on their way out. Bear in mind, Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Akon, and The Raconteurs were among those who were contractually obligated to the festival before it went up in flames. Nobody seems to know whether the festival will be resuscitated from its current state.