Woodstock 50 has been experiencing a series of difficulties over the past couple of days, culminating in a change of venue out of New York state, removing all of the scheduled artists from the set-list and subsequently, making the event free-to-attend.
With 18 days to showtime, this seems like an unprecedented amount of struggle for a music festival to be having. However, Woodstock 50 have announced a new venue, the 32,000 capacity Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland state. Reasons for the change of venue include first losing its place at the Watkins Glen racetrack, then failing to secure a permit for the replacement site, Vernon Downs racecourse.
The replacement of the artists originally lined up results from the distance from the original site breaching contract law. Acts that were set to play were big names Jay-Z, Dead and Company, Fogerty, The Killers, Miley Cyrus and Santana.
These issues follow on from the abandonment of the festival’s main investor, Amplifi Live in April, as well as its production partners Superfly and CID Entertainment.
But the show must go on. The festival is still set to take place on the original dates 16-18 August.
“We’re still waiting to hear who is playing, but that’s not our job,” Seth Hurtwitz, chairman and co-founder of venue operator IMP told IQ magazine. “They do still have a venue if they have a show.”
“Tickets are for a single day and will be distributed through HeadCount, participating artists’ foundations and local charitable partnerships in DC and Baltimore,” a Woodstock 50 spokesperson told Washington-based publication, WTOP.