WOODSTOCK 99, originally planned to take place in Austria in July 16 – 18, has been scrapped. The decision, the organisers claim, is because they never had enough time to organise the event, marking the 30th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival. However, the New York leg of Woodstock, headlined by Metallica, will go ahead as planned on July 23 – 25.
A spokesman for Woodstock denied that the bombing of Yugoslavia had anything to do with the cancellation. During the Gulf War in 1990, many US bands and artists cancelled their European dates, though few would admit that the war was the reason.
“It’s just the logistics of trying to stage two massive three day shows over two consecutive weekends,” he said.
The spokesman did confirm that the decision to cancel was taken on Wednesday when the NATO bombing began.
The full statement from organiser Michael Lang – one of the original Woodstock (1969) organisers – read:
“Following discussions with our European producers, it became clear that for Woodstock to be a safe and successful event in Europe more time was needed. We are currently considering whether to reschedule the event for the summer of 2000 or 2001.”
Ticketholders should return their tickets to the point of purchase.