Woodstock 50 Has Officially Been Canceled

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Woodstock 50, the planned concert extravaganza that was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the seminal 1969 cultural event, has officially been canceled, per reports circulating on Wednesday.

this came after significant rumors for weeks that the event, put on by original Woodstock co-founder MIchael Lang, was in serious jeopardy due to a number of factors, rumors which turned out to be true.

This latest update comes after the event had switched venues entirely and saw key acts such as John Fogerty, Jay-Z and Dead & Company withdraw their participation as plans changed.

Here’s a statement from Lang, furnished via Rolling Stone:

“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 said in a statement. “When we lost the Glen and then Vernon Downs we looked for a way to do some good rather than just cancel. We formed a collaboration with [voting encouragement organization] HeadCount to do a smaller event at [Columbia, Maryland’s] Merriweather Pavilion to raise funds for them to get out the vote and for certain NGOs involved in fighting climate change.”


“I would like to encourage artists and agents, who all have been fully paid, to donate 10% of their fees to HeadCount or causes of their choice in the spirit of peace,” he said. “Woodstock remains committed to social change and will continue to be active in support of HeadCount’s critical mission to get out the vote before the next election. We thank the artists, fans and partners who stood by us even in the face of adversity. My thoughts turn to Bethel and its celebration of our 50th Anniversary to reinforce the values of compassion, human dignity, and the beauty of our differences embraced by Woodstock.”

A separate 50th anniversary of Woodstock event is scheduled for Bethel Woods, is scheduled for August 15-18 and will feature Ringo Starr, Santana and more.


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