Woodstock 50 looking for a new home

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VERNON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Organizers of Woodstock 50 are going west in search for a new home for the music festival.

Producer Michael Lang has contacted Oneida County about staging the music festival at Vernon Downs. He is also considering sites in Syracuse and Oswego.

Lang originally planned to recapture the magic of 1969 at Watkins Glen, but disputes over the size of the festival led to a disagreement with authorities in the Finger Lakes and Lang eventually lost his financial backers.

Watkins Glen International terminated their contract with Woodstock 50, according to a statement released Monday afternoon.

WGI is one of several organizations that has pulled their support for the festival, joining former financier Dentsu Aegis and the production company Superfly.

New York State Department of Health Officials tell 18 News that the required permits were still on hold. 

Dentsu Aegis announced the festival’s cancelation in late April after tickets were not sold on their scheduled release date of Earth Day.

A judge later ruled that the former financier could not cancel the festival, but that they could keep approximately $18 million in disputed funds.

Co-founder Michael Lang has insisted that the festival will go on as planned from August 16-18.

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