Woodstock will be celebrated on its 50th anniversary, but it won’t be your hippie uncle’s trample-the-fences concert. While plans for a big Woodstock 50 festival collapsed after a run of calamities, the bucolic upstate New York site of the 1969 show is hosting a long weekend of events featuring separate shows by festival … More »
Welp, it’s been a long journey, but Woodstock 50 has been officially cancelled, Variety reports and the festival confirms. “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,” … More »
Woodstock 50‘s saga continues, with organizers attempting to resuscitate the precariously situated could-be festival one last time by moving location to Maryland. The target destination is the Merriweather Post Pavilion in the city of Columbia, with the targeted dates of August 16-18.
Should the the festival successfully come together in time following the venue switch, more challenges await. For one, there’s a risk of low attendance on account of general disorganization and because of big-ticket artists like JAY-Z and Dead & Company stepping down from the artist roster. All other artist contracts have also been released, meaning other headliners like Halsey and Miley Cyrus may also choose not to perform.
The show will now be pitched out to the public as a benefit show, with profits geared towards encouraging US voter turnout and climate change protection. In transforming to a benefit show, organizers might be able to receive funds through different channels. A large email and ad campaign has been planned for a final push leading up to the event—and should it succeed, Woodstock 50 might just go down as one of the biggest last-minute win stories of the decade.
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The saga of Woodstock 50 continues! After moving from New York to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, the festival released all artists on the lineup from their contracts. Jay-Z and John Fogerty have already announced that they won’t be performing, and we still have no idea who actually … More »
Jay-Z’s got 99 problems but Woodstock isn’t one: The rap king has pulled out of the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival just weeks before the troubled event is supposed to take place. A person familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the plans publicly, … More »
The beleaguered Woodstock 50 festival is relocating to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland after being denied permits in upstate New York. The New York Times and Bloomberg report that organizers have been in talks to move the festival, which is scheduled to take place in just a few weeks … More »
Woodstock 50 seems to be in its 11th hour as the town of Vernon, NY has unanimously rejected the event’s appeal to a denied permit application earlier this week. This leaves the peace, love, and music festival without a confirmed or even working venue just a month before its scheduled date.
Things went from (really) bad to (much) worse when Virgin Produced, who has recently been in an advisory position quickly cut ties with the festival after the unanimous vote.
“Woodstock will always be remembered as an iconic moment in history,” said Virgin Produced CEO Jason Felts in a public statement. “Despite our formidable effort to assist Michael Lang and the Woodstock 50 ownership in resurrecting their NY festival, it has become apparent that time has expired.”
Festival organizer Michael Lang was not optimistic with
Woodstock 50’s prognosis from here, stating to The Poughkeepsie Journal that “if
it doesn’t work this year, it doesn’t work this year. We’ve tried everything we
can. We’ve done our best.”
Woodstock 50 was originally slated to take place in Watkins Glen, NY, Aug 16-18. Nearly 65,000 attendees were expected after the festival announced a lineup featuring The Black Keys, Dead & Company, Miley Cirus and Santana in March of this year.
Woodstock 50 just can’t catch a break in Vernon, New York. For the third time, the festival’s proposal to move the anniversary event to Vernon Downs race tack has been denied, this time by the Vernon Planning Board who voted late Tuesday (July 16) to reject an appeal by festival organizers after their application was … More »