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Woodstock 50 is back on; court nixes investor’s cancellation bid

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.

Chance the Rapper performs onstage.
Chicago’s Chance the Rapper (pictured at the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Concert) was among the performers booked for Woodstock 50.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

NEW YORK — 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.

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.

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.