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EntertainmentWoodstock 50th anniversary: failure to recreate magic of hippie festival was 'a bizarre trip'

23:40  06 august  2019
23:40  06 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Woodstock 50th anniversary: failure to recreate magic of hippie festival was 'a bizarre trip' © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

The man behind failed efforts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hippie festival at Woodstock with a new all-star anniversary concert has described the shambolic experience as “a really bizarre trip”.

Michael Lang, who was the co-founder of the event in 1969, has reflected on six months of setbacks and delays which eventually ended with Woodstock 50 being cancelled.

He admitted in an interview with The Associated Press: “It’s not been surprising that we weren’t able to pull this off.”

Musicians scheduled to perform had included contemporary artists such as Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus and Chance the Rapper, along with acts who played at the original festival, including Santana and John Fogerty.

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Woodstock 50th anniversary: failure to recreate magic of hippie festival was 'a bizarre trip' © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

'Bizarre trip'

Miley Cyrus was one of the singers rumoured to appear at the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP)

The event was due to be held in Watkins Glen, New York until the venue pulled out.

Organisers decided to hold the concert in Vernon, New York instead – but were unable to get a permit after the application was filed too late and officials raised concerns about 65,000 people descending on a rural area on short notice.

Mr Lang’s final hope was to hold the event in Maryland – but as high-profile artists began to pull out, he resolved to scrap the event altogether.

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The decision came after news that artists booked to perform had not been paid on time was leaked to the press and the event’s first financial partner prematurely announced the cancellation of the concert – prompting Mr Lang to sue the company. While his attempt to recreate the magic of 50 years ago has failed, Mr Lang said the legacy of Woodstock lives on and “still represents exactly the same motivation and important social issues that it reflected back then”.

Two other large-scale events have been planned in New York and North Carolina to mark half a century since the festival took place.

Couple Who Met on the Way to Woodstock Finally Have the Photo to Prove It.
Judy and Jerry Griffin first met one day before the legendary music festival in upstate New York, where a half-million people gathered to rock out in 1969. Her car had broken down, so she and her friends got a ride with Jerry and his buddies. The connection was instant, the couple said. They later tied the knot and have been together ever since. But when they'd tell people their origin story, they always lamented that they had no pictures from the festival. Until now. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.

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