According to several sources, Woodstock 50 is officially shut down . Sellers and stakeholders were informed this morning, July 31, that the beleaguered festival is not taking place. The festival was originally scheduled for 16-18 August.
Yesterday it was reported that headline Miley Cyrus had withdrawn from the festival and joined the 1969 Raconteurs, Lumineers and original Woodstock artists Santana, John Sebastian and Country Joe McDonald. Everyone has publicly stated since yesterday evening that they are not performing. Earlier, headliners Jay-Z and the Dead & Co. and John Fogerty had confirmed that they will not perform.
The festival was due to take place on the weekend of August 1
Update: A statement released at Pacific Lunchtime includes a proposal that artists donate 10% of their fees to the charity HeadCount , a nonprofit voter registry that registered nearly 600,000 voters at concerts and through its website, and has amassed more than 30,000 volunteers nationwide.
Michael Lang, co-founder of Woodstock, said: "We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks made it impossible to stage the festival we envisioned, with the great cast we had booked , and to put the social commitment in scene we expected. When we lost the Glen and then Vernon Downs, we were looking for a way to do something good instead of just canceling. In collaboration with HeadCount, we have organized a smaller event at the Merriweather Pavilion to raise funds for them and certain NGOs in the fight against climate change. We have released all the talents, so any involvement would be voluntary. Due to contradictory radius problems in the DC area, many files could not participate and others existed for their own reasons. I'd like to encourage artists and agents, all fully paid, to donate 10% of their fee to HeadCount or to reasons of their choice in a spirit of peace. Woodstock continues to campaign for social change and will continue to actively campaign for HeadCount's important mission to vote before the next election. We thank the artists, fans and partners who helped us even in difficult times. My thoughts are focused on Bethel and its 50th anniversary to affirm the values of compassion, human dignity, and beauty of our Woodstock-accepted differences. "
Greg Peck, Director of Woodstock 50:" The unfortunate dispute with Our Financial Affiliate and the resulting lawsuits have got us out of hand at a critical juncture, upsetting our plans and forcing us to create an alternative venue for Watkins Glen to find. The timing meant that we had few options where our artists could perform. We worked hard to find a way to make a fair tribute – and some great artists came on board last week to support Woodstock 50 – but time is running out. We are very disappointed and thank all the supporters, including the team of Merriweather Post Pavilion and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. Woodstock's values for peace and tolerance are more important than ever for us all to stand in and we look to the future to honor and celebrate these ideals. "
The challenge of presenting Woodstock was just too late in the game," said Seth Hurwitz of IMP and operator of Merriweather Post. "With enough time to prepare, we hope that Merriweather will become the setting for a future festival that reflects the original mood. Many people clearly wanted it to happen. "