Just when music fans thought the word “Woodstock” could finally fade out of the headlines after the famous festival celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this month—putting an end to ongoing drama surrounding the failed Woodstock 50 event—new documents emerged to shed some light on the behind-the-scenes plans for the now-canceled festival.
A new report shared by VICE details some plans for the Woodstock 50 event including the festival’s official set times, a list of banned items, and massive expense bills. The documents containing the information were obtained by the media outlet via through a Freedom of Information Law request to the town of Vernon, which was the proposed-but-ultimately-rejected backup location for Woodstock 50 after the event’s first location of Watkins Glen International terminated their involvement.
The unannounced schedule below, which was buried in the event’s “Public Safety Plan,” shows organizers had planned to have four stages: Peace Stage, Love Stage, Music Stage, and an Acoustic Side Stage. Some of the notable conflicting set times would have forced fans to pick between seeing Run The Jewels or Nathaniel Rateliff, The Raconteurs or Robert Plant, and even Dead & Company performing at the same time as a super collaboration comprised of Kacey Musgraves, Jeff Beck, Kings of Leon, and the Black Crowes.
Unannounced Woodstock 50 Performance Schedule
Additionally, the report unearthed the event’s list of prohibited items, which includes bicycles, chairs, tents, signs, flags, yard games, glow sticks, and drugs/paraphernalia.
In terms of the expenses filed by the event, organizers had spent $28,000 on Narcan, which is used to revive folks who have overdosed on heroin, fentanyl, or other opioids. The event also spent roughly $457,000 on porta-potties which, per the report’s estimates, would have left festival attendees battling it out for one toilet per every 90 persons. Oof.