The rep did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for further comment, and informed sources in the live-entertainment business, which generally has been skeptical about the festival for months, said the prospects are more grim than ever. But what might those options be?
Besides, “You’re gonna hold the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock festival at the Glens Falls Civic Center?,” the insider scoffed. “Who would come to that?”
In the wake of the Town of Vernon’s third rejection of Woodstock 50’s permit application to hold its music festival at a venue in the Upstate New York municipality, one may well wonder what the troubled event’s next move might be. In the hours after the latest rejection was announced, even the optimistic-bordering-on-unrealistic producers sounded defeated.
And while Peck told WUTR on Tuesday night the festival planned to file a new application for Vernon Downs, it’s hard to imagine that fourth effort being successful.
While that is a worst-case scenario for Woodstock 50's producers, they are in a challenging position: Because the artists have already been paid, the producers cannot cancel the festival themselves without forfeiting many millions of dollars. The cancellation must come from health and safety, law-enforcement or government officials in order for the festival to collect insurance on the payments, a source tells Variety.
“They tried going to the public to force the hand of the civil servants,” the insider tells Variety, noting an “open house” the festival held on Monday night at which local residents were promised significant if vague offers of work, “and that didn’t work either.”
“They could pull off a show for 4,000 to 5,000 people,” an insider tells Variety, “but not 30,000.”
While other potential sites exist — including the decommissioned Air Force base near Rome, N.Y. By pushing so hard for the hardly ideal Vernon Downs racetrack — which was the festival’s second choice, after the original site, Watkins Glen International speedway, pulled out in June — it seems the venue is the only even remotely viable option for Woodstock 50. that was the site of the disastrous 1999 Woodstock festival — none have been publicly mentioned, and at this late stage it seems almost impossible to pull off the event at a wholly new location that can accommodate the 65,000 people the festival optimistically hopes to draw, or even the 30,000 in the latest reported scaled-down estimate. But is that even an issue if the festival can’t find a home?
Likewise, there may be  restrictions against holding even a scaled-down event at a several-thousand capacity indoor arena such as the Glens Falls Civic Center north of Albany or the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse. The festival must be held within a prescribed area in Upstate New York, the insider tells Variety, noting that an earlier proposal to hold the event in the parking lot of the Citi Field stadium in the New York City borough of Queens violated the agreements with some artists — sources say certain artists are under different contract terms than others — and was shot down.
However, a statement to Variety from a festival rep late Wednesday morning said simply that the producers are “considering all options.”
Owing to the lack of camping facilities at the venue, Woodstock 50’s most recent proposal included bussing attendees in and out of the venue at the end of each day of the three-day festival from designated locations, although the area’s camping facilities seemed inadequate to accommodate even the lower estimated crowds — to say nothing of the inconvenience and time commitments of such a move. While the festival faced difficulties in Watkins Glen — which has held similar events in the past — Vernon Downs presented a steeper challenge.
"What happens next? And because most if not all of the performers have already been paid, with their fees being held in escrow — an amount totaling $32 million, according to a court filing — the agent says that the that the money will soon be transferred into accounts for the artists' representatives and distributed accordingly. It dies," one major agent tells Variety, holding out no hope that the festival will actually take place.
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While the festival boasts a confirmed lineup including Jay-Z, Dead & Company, The Killers, Miley Cyrus and many others, less than a month from its launch, it has no venue, ticket on-sale date or even an event producer to handle the logistics of staging the festival itself: Virgin Produced, the third in a line of production partners, pulled out shortly after the latest permit application was rejected on Tuesday night.
"We need to regroup and figure it out." “I don’t know,” coproducer Michael Lang (a cofounder of the original Woodstock) told the Poughkeepsie Journal when asked whether this is finally the end for the 50th anniversary festival, which has been dogged by financial and organizational problems since it was announced in January.

Greg Peck, the president of Woodstock 50, LLC, responded:
The permit required to stage the troubled Woodstock 50 festival at its most recent proposed site, Vernon Downs in the town of Vernon near Utica in Upstate New York, has been denied, Oneida County Administrator Anthony Picente Jr. tells Variety.
The promoters have five days to appeal the decision, Picente says, but “what they have submitted to date has not met many of the requirements” and the likelihood of the festival taking place in Oneida Country seems “highly unlikely,” he added.
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A rep for the festival did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.
We have been working diligently over the last several weeks to secure the permits needed to hold the festival, and will continue to work with Law Enforcement and Public Safety Officials to present a cohesive safety and traffic plan that will be satisfactory in addressing the concerns.  We are confident that this careful planning and consideration of community concerns will result in a safe, world-class Festival.’’ “We understand the public safety and traffic concerns of the local community. We appreciate the honest feedback from the Town of Vernon and will continue to address their comments as we enter the final planning phases for Woodstock 50.
On Monday night the festival was called a “recipe for disaster” by the local head of emergency services at a town meeting in Vernon.
Oneida Country Head of Emergency Services Kevin Revere made that comment when speaking of the serious challenges local authorities face in planning an event expected to draw some 65,000 people in just five weeks, while Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol said the festival should take place in August 2020, not 2019, according to WKTV.
“No matter how good the plan looks on paper, to implement this plan in 39 days, is impossible to ensure the safety of the public,” he told the standing-room-only crowd at the meeting.

Last week Woodstock announced that it has secured a new financial partner, Oppenheimer & Co., although the exact capacity in which they’re involved isn’t entirely clear from the announcement, which describes the company’s involvement as a “financial advisor to complete the financing for the festival.” A source clarified (somewhat) that the festival has secured financing through Oppenheimer, although it was unclear how much money is involved.
Three months out, the picture is no clearer, and although agents for many artists have said that they will perform if the festival takes place, with each passing day it seems less and less likely that the organizers can pull it off.
“Today, in an important step, Justice David Friedman of the Appellate Division, First Department, issued an order requiring that Dentsu and Dentsu Aegis deposit into escrow by Friday at 5:00 p.m. “Justice Friedman issued this order pending the decision of a five-judge panel on Woodstock 50's motion to return the funds to the Woodstock 50 Festival account.” the $18.5 million that Dentsu swept from a Woodstock 50 Festival account,” Kasowitz’s statement reads.
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In the latest round of the ongoing legal battle between the organizers of Woodstock 50 and their erstwhile partners Dentsu Aegis, attorney Marc Kasowitz announced that the festival has filed an appeal for Dentsu to return some $18.5 million the financial giant withdrew from the organizers' bank account.
Last week a judge ruled in favor of Woodstock 50, but said that Dentsu was under no obligation to allow the festival to keep $18 million remaining in its accounts. That money has been a point of contention between the two companies, as Dentsu abruptly pulled out of the festival earlier this month and claimed it was cancelled; Woodstock 50 organizers said Dentsu had no right to cancel. Woodstock appealed, and apparently today made a first step in getting that money back.
Initial reports of financial and organizational disarray were initially quashed when the festival held a splashy press conference in March announcing a blockbuster lineup including Jay-Z, the Dead & Co., Miley Cyrus and many others, but then the ticket on-sale date was abruptly postponed as the necessary mass-gathering permit had not been obtained. The festival, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 16-18 at Watkins Glen International speedway in Upstate New York, has been troubled since it was first announced early this year.