Woodstock 50 Organizers Sue Former Financial Backers

According to The Blast, the organizers of Woodstock 50 have filed a lawsuit against their former financial partner Dentsu Inc. They are claiming that the company had no right to say the festival was cancelled and that they took $17.8 million from their bank account.

In some court documents obtained by The Blast, the organizers said the investor caused “enormous and irreparable harm” through their “outrageous and illegal misconduct.” They went on to say that “in a series of precipitous, underhanded and unauthorized actions, Dentsu purported to seize control of and oust W50 from the Festival’s production, and then immediately announced through press releases to the world on April 29 that it was unilaterally cancelling the Festival.”

Organizers also claim that Dentsu “falsely [told artists] that they were released from their contracts with W50 and the Festival, and that the performers should not perform at the Festival, though they have all been paid in full.”

They are hoping to force Dentsu into arbitration and, in the meantime, order them to stop talking bad about the festival and to return the money.

Despite all this recent drama, organizers claim the event will go on as planned. If it does, it will feature rock acts like Greta Van Fleet, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Dead & Company, The Killers, Rival Sons, Fever 333, Dorothy, John Fogerty, and Santana performing alongside acts like Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, etc.

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