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Woodstock 50 Finally Canceled

Woodstock 50 has been canceled, organizers announced today. Michael Lang, co-founder of the original Woodstock festival in 1969, attributed the cancelation to “unforeseen setbacks.” “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...

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The Raconteurs, Miley Cyrus, Carlos Santana, More Pull Out of Woodstock 50

Yet more artists have withdrawn from Woodstock 50 after organizers moved the festival to Maryland and released all booked performers from their contracts. The Raconteurs, Lumineers, Miley Cyrus, and Carlos Santana are the latest to pull out, Rolling Stone reports. Dead & Company, Jay-Z, John Fogerty, and the Black Keys also withdrew in recent weeks. Organizers have claimed that the beleaguered anniversary festival will be...

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Woodstock 50 Will Reportedly Be a Free Event

The last few days have been quite eventful for Woodstock 50, the seemingly-ill-fated festival tied to the 50th anniversary of the era-defining 1969 event. After struggling to secure a viable location for the last few months, organizers announced on Thursday that the festival would be relocating to Columbia, Maryland. Such a significant location change obviously...

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Dead & Company Pull Out of Woodstock 50: Report

Dead & Company have confirmed that they’ll no longer be performing at Woodstock 50, Rolling Stone reports. The Grateful Dead offshoot, which consists of longtime Dead members Bob Weir, Micky Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, among others, was set to headline the second night of the multi-day anniversary event, but will now no longer be performing amid the...

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Woodstock 50 Has No Lineup

Woodstock 50 has released all booked artists from their contracts, Billboard reports. The news comes hours after an Associated Press report that John Fogerty and Jay-Z would not perform at the festival, now that it’s scheduled to take place at a much smaller venue in Columbia, Maryland. It appears organizers had little choice but to cut...

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Woodstock 50’s Safety Plan “Worthless,” City Official Says

Organizers’ fourth attempt to secure a permit to host Woodstock 50 at the Vernon Downs horse racing track in New York’s Oneida County was denied today. Given the event’s disastrous past several months, and the fact that local officials previously called Woodstock’s proposal a “recipe for disaster,” this is no surprise. Vernon’s latest rebuff, though, offers amusing new insight...

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Woodstock 50 Organizers Say They’re “Considering All Options” After Permit Denial

Woodstock 50 can’t catch a break. After a protracted legal saga involving reticent investors, delayed ticket sales, and the festival’s failure to acquire a permit from the NY State Department of Health, Woodstock 50 lost access to their initial venue, Watkins Glen International. Festival organizers applied for a permit to host Woodstock 50 at the Vernon Downs horse...

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Woodstock 50 Denied Permit For New Festival Site, Blames “Political Forces”

Woodstock 50’s application for a permit to host the floundering festival at the Vernon Downs horse racing track in upstate New York has been denied, Variety reports. “What they have submitted to date has not met many of the requirements,” Oneida County Administrator Anthony Picente Jr. told the magazine. A festival spokesperson told SPIN that organizers plan to...

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Woodstock 50 Organizers Haven’t Contacted Artists to Discuss New Site

If Woodstock 50 organizers have a new venue and a potential producer waiting in the wings, they haven’t told the 80 artists listed on the Woodstock 50 lineup. Managers, agents, and publicists for the bands playing the Aug. 14-16 anniversary are telling Billboard that co-founder Michael Lang and partner Greg Peck have not reached out with any...

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