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Woodstock 50 plans roll on; court nixes cancellation bid

This Aug. 14, 2009 file photo shows a van decorated with Photo: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File
This Aug. 14, 2009 file photo shows a van decorated with "Woodstock or Bust" at the original Woodstock Festival site in Bethel, N.Y.

May 15, 2019 05:37 PM

The Woodstock 50 festival is back on after a judge said an ex-investor can't singlehandedly cancel the anniversary extravaganza.

But Manhattan judge Barry Ostrager declined Wednesday to order the backers to put about $18 million back into the festival. The conflict is poised for arbitration.

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The order came after a falling-out and dueling claims about whether the festival would happen. It's planned for August in central New York.

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Investor Amplifi Live announced a cancellation April 29. The company, part of Japanese marketing firm Dentsu, said organizers made a mess of planning and the event couldn't safely go forward.

Organizers' group Woodstock 50 LLC retorted the show was a go but said Amplifi was undermining it and had snatched $18 million in funds. Amplifi said it reclaimed its own money.

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