The Plug Is Finally Pulled On Woodstock 50
Woodstock 50 has finally been canceled completely, with multiple outlets reporting the news and festival organizers confirming it. Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang said in a statement, "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 added that all the artists initially scheduled to play the festival, which would have taken place the weekend of August 16th through the 18th -- exactly 50 years after the original Woodstock -- had been fully paid. He encouraged them to donate 10 percent of their fee to Headcount, a non-partisan voter registration organization.
After the announcement of the festival lineup in March, Woodstock 50 hit a series of setbacks: financial backers pulled out, multiple permits to hold the show in two different locations in upstate New York were denied, and tickets were never even put on sale. A last-ditch effort to turn the festival into a charity event in Maryland failed as numerous acts began pulling out.
The lineup included a mix of Woodstock legacy acts and younger artists, including The Killers, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant, Black Keys, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Rival Sons, Imagine Dragons, Cage The Elephant, Young The Giant, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Santana, John Fogerty, John Sebastian, Dead and Company, Chance the Rapper, Country Joe and the Fish, Halsey, Janelle Monae, Canned Heat and others.