Woodstock 50 is (predictably) cancelled
Woodstock 50 – a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the famed festival – has been officially cancelled. The news comes after months of financial and permit woes.
First, the festival failed to secure a location in upstate New York – where the original Woodstock took place. Then it moved Woodstock 50 to Maryland, near Washington D.C.
That move turned off previously confirmed stars including Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, and Santana – all of whom backed out.
"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," said Michael Lang, the co-founder of the first Woodstock.
"We released all the talent so any involvement on their part would be voluntary. Due to conflicting radius issues in the DC area many acts were unable to participate and others passed for their own reasons."
Lang went on to say that artists "who have been fully paid" should consider donating a percentage of their fees to causes "in the spirit of peace."
But it’s not all bad news. A separate celebration of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary is planned for the same weekend, on the original site. There will be performances by Ringo Starr, Santana and Fogerty – to commemorate the weekend of peace, love and music.