Woodstock 50 will reportedly proceed as a free music festival after months of logistical and financial issues led to its downgrading.
The three-day event – which originally boasted a line-up of Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus – has now been slated to take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland.
Tickets will be free and only valid for one day of the festival, according to a report from Washington DC radio station WTOP.
While the event – which shares the name of the iconic 1969 festival – will be free, tickets will still be required for admission.
“Merriweather requires ticketing,” the unnamed spokesperson told the radio station. “For the peaceful enjoyment of all, thoughtful logistical planning has taken place for Woodstock 50 at Merriweather.”
Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and operator of the Merriweather Post Pavilion, said in a statement to The LA Times newspaper on Monday: “Woodstock 50 approached Merriweather about hosting their event here in Columbia, Md. The Woodstock folks are working on securing the artists now. If the bands come, we’ll produce the show. We’re looking forward to getting an update as soon as Woodstock 50 has one.”
Ticketing for the three-day event will reportedly be managed by HeadCount, as well as by participating artists’ foundations and local charitable partnerships in the surrounding area.
The original line-up has reportedly been released from their contracts, meaning the festival remains on shaky grounds with a lack of talent to showcase.
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