New York Official Calls Woodstock 50 a ‘Recipe for Disaster’ as Permit Is Denied

Woodstock 50, the anniversary music festival, has been struggling to catch a break, and just over a month out from the event’s scheduled date, things are looking bleaker than ever. The festival was planned to take place in Vernon Downs (Woodstock 50’s planned venue), but the residents of Vernon, New York, came out swinging at a recent town board meeting. The board members were similarly critical of the show, and to make matters worse, the event’s permit was denied because planners have allegedly failed to meet safety requirements.

This certification is hardly optional, and Woodstock 50 cannot take place unless a permit is granted. One permit reviewer went as far as calling Woodstock 50 “a recipe for disaster.” The residents’ concerns are valid, and they expressed their worries about potential damage to homes, businesses, and property. Damage that could result when the estimated 65,000 attendees depart Woodstock 50 on each of its three nights (16-18th of August).

Residents also questioned the ability of their law-enforcement professionals and emergency services to meet the demands of such a massive crowd. For reference, Vernon’s 2010 population was just over 5,400 citizens. In terms of the permit denial, Woodstock 50’s planners will have five days to appeal the decision, though experts have indicated that it’ll be very, very difficult, nearly impossible, to have the ruling overturned.

Most of the issues with Woodstock 50’s permit application can be resolved, but that doing so will take many months. Vernon’s sheriff recommended that the festival be delayed until 2020. Woodstock 50’s original financier, Dentsu Aegis, withdrew funding in May, which sparked a series of setbacks, including the loss of multiple event producers (the latest being CID Entertainment), the loss of a venue (Watkins Glen International Speedway), and the loss of a permit.

If the safety of attendees is going to be jeopardized, and more than a few individuals believe that it’ll be logistically tough to keep things in order, it’s probably best for Woodstock 50 to be delayed until the appropriate accommodations are prepared. The festival’s planners claim that Woodstock 50 will go on as planned. Still, one thing’s for sure: this one’s coming down to the wire.

The appeal process for Woodstock 50’s permit denial is already underway, and it will be interesting to see how things play out. The festival’s organizers are confident that they will be able to meet safety requirements and make necessary adjustments to the festival’s logistics to ensure that it goes on without a hitch. However, with the permit denial, it remains to be seen if they are going to be able to pull off the festival successfully.

One major concern that has been raised by the residents of Vernon is the impact that the festival would have on the community. With an estimated 65,000 attendees expected to descend upon the town, there are fears that the influx of people will put a strain on local resources and cause damage to the town’s infrastructure. While the festival organizers have promised to make necessary arrangements to ensure that the town is not adversely affected, it remains to be seen if they will be able to deliver on their promises.

The fate of Woodstock 50 hangs in the balance, and there are many factors at play that will determine whether or not the festival goes ahead as planned. With just over a month to go until the scheduled start date, time is running out for the festival organizers to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that the festival is a success. Whether or not they are successful in their endeavors remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: the eyes of the world will be watching as the fate of Woodstock 50 is decided.