The outcome of a pending appeal is decisive for the birthday festival that never seems to give up.
Michael Lang was told to stop talking.
The mercurial promoter behind Woodstock 50 and the co-founder of the original 1969 festival was tasked by the team that is now trying to stop the event from no longer making statements to the press and officials from the city, as he has largely followed in recent weeks. His previous statements that his email account was allegedly hacked by the media or that the investor Dentsu would have withdrawn because "the Japanese are very proud of their image and pay attention to their image" have not was seen as an aid to the festival in survival mode, after the inspector in Vernon, New York, refused a request to organize the anniversary festival from August 16 to 18.
The organizers appeal this decision and the sources say Display panel that the event finally had its act together. Woodstock 50 has apparently new investors and has received about 25 acts from the festival's original programming, which is a pretense Display panel has not independently verified. More than 500,000 people visited the website when the program was announced in March, and more than 1,600 people a week join its mailing list, which has been sent to the public today. April, announcing that the festival had not been canceled. There were even rumors that a well-known CEO would mark the event and announce his rebirth with a spectacular media coup. Lang was not absent, but he was no longer ahead. Professionals finally took over, led by Jason Felts who contributed to the production of the KAABOO festival series and used his own team of consultants who knew what they were doing.
The festival now faces the problem of license refusal, which poses an existential threat from a festival brand that appears to constantly face existential threats. Tomorrow, the organizers will re-submit their application for a temporary event permit after city officials have refused it without comment or opportunity, other than saying it was incomplete and filed too late. According to one source, local legislation in Vernon states that the application was to be filed 120 days prior to the start of the event, which would mean that it was to take place on April 18, when Woodstock 50 did not. was still only a vague idea but that she still had her original funders, a place in Watkins Glen New York and Superfly as a producer.
A source tells Display panel the 120 day rule is about a mass meeting permit, which is only necessary for camping and that the organizers of Woodstock 50 have abandoned the idea of camping to qualify for a permit to go to the park. temporary event, apparently on the recommendation of a local manager. They had also reduced the number of participants from 65,000 to 35,000. The organizers had met with representatives of Vernon Downs and had participated in table-top exercises with law enforcement officials and felt that things should be done. were going well. But a public forum organized Monday, bringing together more than 100 people, seems to reverse the course of political affairs. Sheriff Robert Maciol told the crowd: "It is impossible to ensure the safety of the public at this stage," according to a report by Syracuse.com. "If you ask me right away, I'm not sure that the public will be safe."
Less than 24 hours later, the permit application was refused and the "political forces", as a source described them, were now working against the event and the owner of the Vernon Down billlion Jeff Gural. If they lose the call, the organizers may be able to sue the city and show it that it is breaking the law, although Woodstock's record in court is from 0 to 3 and that the festival may run out of time before a judge can sign a plan to organize a festival against the wishes of the city.
"Any director of emergency management will say there is not enough time to do it right," explained Kevin Revere, the director of emergency management of Oneida County, according to Syracuse.com. "The less time you have to plan this stuff, the more the margin of error increases enormously."
What will happen next, that's what everyone will guess and many people will try to tell their version of the story because the Woodstock brand has something special that the people who work at the festival now want protect. Maybe Lang will end his silence and express himself. After all, if the call fails and his team is forced to give up, no one will be able to stop it.