Woodstock 50 has been cancelled after months of logistical and financial setbacks.
The originally scheduled three-day event – which initially boasted a line-up of Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus – was due to take place in two weeks, but had not sold a single ticket and had no performers lined up. Earlier this week organisers attempted to turn it into a non-profit event, but this has also now been ruled out.
Michael Lang, co-founder of the original 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair and lead producer of Woodstock 50, said: “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.”
Lang also added that he wanted artists and agents, all of whom “have been fully paid”, to donate 10 per cent of their fees to HeadCount, a nonprofit which works with musicians to promote voter registration and participation.
Since the anniversary event was announced, Woodstock 50 lost its primary financier, two production partners, two venues and its entire line up.
Prior to the cancellation announcement, the festival said earlier this week that it would be free to attend and had moved to a smaller venue, the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland.
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