The Performers Who Signed Up For Woodstock 50 Will Be Paid, Despite That Train Wreck Getting Canceled
In news which should have surprised not a single person with even the slightest clue on how an event is planned and put together, Woodstock 50 was canceled. Finally, after months of limping to its final resting place of Columbia, Maryland–Woodstock will rest in peace… until someone tries to resurrect it again. Meanwhile, the artists who all signed up for it will be happy to hear that they’re still getting paid.
Back when Woodstock 50’s problems first started, a big issue for them was financing. They accused one of their main investors, a company called Dentsu, of stealing from them. Well in this case, Dentsu is the one paying the artists, so maybe it wasn’t stealing? Dentsu previously was the one who announced the festival was canceled which led to a lot of friction between Woodstock 50’s co-producer Michael Lang–who has frequently pointed to them for the festivals issues. Well he better point to them and say “Thank you,” it seems, because their investment division, Amplifi Live, has paid all 76+ artists who were supposed to appear.
Apparently that $18 million which was taken out from the festival accounts by Dentsu was for this very purpose–supposedly. Sources say that each of the artists booked was paid in advance–their money was however, held in escrow until the festival either happened or was canceled. Well it done got canceled so here we are. People like Jay-Z, Dead & Company, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, Halsey and The Raconteurs, will all be getting paid. Not getting paid is the band The Black Keys, who pulled out shortly after being announced. Poor guys, missed out on a free pay-day.
In the statement about the official cancelation, the organizers suggested artists donate 10% of their already-paid fees to the charity HeadCount, which targets voter registration and has registered nearly 600,000 voters at concerts. After Woodstock, lots of people voted, so a point of this festival was to encourage the same. Even though the concert’s not happening, I guess they still want to spread the same goodwill. Which is nice, and also sort of hilarious because how many artists will really do that? One source even joked about the suggestion saying it was an attempted guilt-trip on the artists:
“What has Lang donated personally?”
Bitch… you mean you can’t give 10% of a check so that people register to vote or go out and vote or whatever the shit? I see the vibes of Peace, Love and Anarchy that Woodstock is famous for were alive and fucking well in these capitalist-loving music artists!