Korean Woodstock Canceled

The Peace In The DMZ festival scheduled for Aug. 6-8 in South Korea was canceled in late July following the loss of a major investor.

Informally called Woodstock Korea because of the involvement of Artie Kornfeld, one of the “co-creators” of the original Woodstock festival in 1969, the event was blocked from calling itself Woodstock Korea by the U.S.-based company that holds the licensing and intellectual property rights to the Woodstock name. It filed suit in South Korea.

Consequently, the name of the festival became The Peace at DMZ with Artie Kornfeld, the Father of Woodstock. Among the acts scheduled to appear were Santana, who has never played in Korea before, Simple Plan and Mamas Gun.

The suit was instrumental in scaring off the investor, who had promised to cover $1.7 million of the total $4.2 million production cost, according the JoongAng Daily.