Serbian Woodstock R.I.P.

Dragan Vujin is blaming "lack of support from the municipality of Zrenjanin and the government of Serbia" for the failure of what he hoped would be a Balkan Woodstock.

The event, slotted for June 28-30, led to confusion among other local promoters and London agents as he posted Web sites advertising acts that hadn’t been booked.

On February 12, he went as far as holding a press conference at Belgrade Sava Centre to announce that the bill included Iggy and The Stooges, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Jamiroquai, Deep Purple, Underworld, Motörhead, Tricky, Joe Cocker and The Cult.

He consistently denied that his Web sites were no more than a method of attracting major sponsors to fund his event. He responded to Pollstar questions on the matter by inviting the magazine to become its media partner.

At one point he managed to secure the support of Artie Kornfeld, one of the founders of the original Woodstock, but he pulled out when it became clear Vujin wasn’t anywhere close to putting the show together as he originally claimed.

Confirmation of the event’s demise came in an article headed "Kraj Fame Pure 07" (End Of Pure Farce 07), which appeared on the region’s music Web site and quoted Vujin blaming the local and national authorities.