Woodstock 50 is officially canceled – Metro US

Woodstock 50 is officially canceled

Woodstock 50 is officially canceled

Woodstock 50 has been canceled. 

Variety first reported that on July 31, vendors and stakeholders were told the event was not going on. 

The event was initially scheduled to take place August 16-18 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Baltimore. The pavilion was the third venue option explored by the Woodstock 50 team. 

The original headliners included the likes of The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, Chance the Rapper and more.  

Michael Lang, a co-founder of Woodstock, shared a lengthy statement on the cancelation of the festival, “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. 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 HeadCount to do a smaller event at the Merriweather Pavilion to raise funds for them to get out the vote and for certain NGOs involved in fighting climate change.”  

Additionally, he added that “We released all the talent so any involvement on their part would be voluntary. Due to conflicting radius issues in the DC area many acts were unable to participate and others passed for their own reasons. 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. 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.”

An investor of Woodstock 50 shared his disappointment and said, “The unfortunate dispute with our financial partner and the resulting legal proceedings set us off course at a critical juncture, throwing a wrench in our plans and forcing us to find an alternate venue to Watkins Glen. The timing meant we had few choices where our artists would be able to perform. We worked hard to find a way to produce a proper tribute—and some great artists came aboard over the last week to support Woodstock 50 — but time simply ran short.  

He added that, “We are greatly disappointed and thank all of our supporters, including the team at Merriweather Post Pavilion and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. Woodstock’s values of peace and tolerance are more important today than ever for all of us to stand for and we look to the future for ways to honor and celebrate these ideals.”