Woodstock 40th - no money, no sponsors
Promoter Michael Lang has been forced to scrap plans for a free 40th anniversary gig after failing to find funding, Rolling Stone has reported. The US magazine said Lang, one of four founders of the legendary festival, had failed to find sponsors to cover costs of up to $11.9m. Asked why his plans had been cancelled, Lang simply replied: "Money. No sponsors."
The concert was planned to coincide with New York's Climate Week in September and was expected to be held in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. It was hoped that the bill would include some of the acts from the original Woodstock line-up, including Joe Cocker and Carlos Santana.
The original Woodstock Festival was held in Bethel, New York State, from August 15-18, 1969.
The ABC will be celebrating Woodstock's 40th birthday with a special event broadcast on digital radio. To hear countless memorable moments from Woodstock, simply tune your digital radio to ABC Woodstock from 5pm Friday August 14, to Monday August 17. Or to listen online, follow the links at abc.net.au/digmusic.
Source: BBC News