Woodstock 50 Has Officially Been Cancelled

July 31, 2019
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Woodstock 50, a music festival that intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic concerts ever assembled, is officially cancelled.

Michael Lang, one of the co-founders of the original Woodstock festival announced that the event is cancelled after attempting to relocate it from Watkins Glen, New York to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland.

After being hit with financial issues, failure to secure location permits, breached contracts, quitting staffers, and artists pulling out of the lineup, the amount of setbacks plaguing the event made it impossible for Woodstock 50 to happen.

In a statement released by Lang, he and his fellow organizers expressed regret for being unable to put on the three-day music festival they were hoping for. “We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the festival we imagined with the great line-up we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating. When we lost the Glen and then Vernon Downs we looked for a way to do some good rather than just cancel. We formed a collaboration with HeadCount to do a smaller event at Merriweather Pavilion to raise funds for them to get out the vote and for certain NGOs involved in fighting climate change.”

Lang says that all of the talent booked for Woodstock 50 have been released from their contracts, (which included Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, etc.) with hope that they would be willing to volunteer their time to play a free concert in favor of a good cause.

“I would like to encourage artists and agents, who all have been fully paid, to donate 10% of their fees to HeadCount or causes of their choice in the spirit of peace,” says Lang. “Woodstock remains committed to social change and will continue to be active in support of HeadCount’s critical mission to get out the vote before the next election. We thank the artists, fans and partners who stood by us even in the face of adversity. My thoughts turn to Bethel and its celebration of our 50th Anniversary to reinforce the values of compassion, human dignity, and the beauty of our differences embraced by Woodstock.”