Updated: Watkins Glen International Terminates Site License for Woodstock 50

(Updated 10:00 p.m.)

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, despite the loss of Watkins Glen as the venue for Woodstock 50, organizers are still pressing on.

The paper quotes Woodstock official Gregory Peck in a statement issued Monday evening, “We are in discussions with another venue to host Woodstock 50 on Aug. 16-18 and look forward to sharing the new location when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks.”

Tickets for the festival, which lists headliners Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, The Killers, Dead & Co., and The Raconteurs have yet to go on sale. The festival is scheduled to take place in just over two months.


According to Speedway Digest, Watkins Glen International Speedway has terminated its site license agreement to host the official 50th anniversary celebration of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival.

A statement released by representatives of Watkins Glen International stated, “Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract. As such, WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival.”

This announcement comes after many troubles for the festival and puts the celebration, which promoter Michael Lang has claimed in recent weeks will go on, in further doubt.

Woodstock 50 was originally scheduled to take place Aug. 16-18 at the famed speedway.

Stay tuned to NYS Music for further developments on this.