Following months of controversy and drama, court battles, and more, it's official - the Woodstock 50 festival has been canceled. Organizers had been putting together a golden anniversary celebration that was set for August 16th - 18th.
It's not terribly shocking considering that organizers struggled to get momentum right from the start. The loss of financial and production partners along with the failure to secure permits or a venue seemed to be too much in the end. The Woodstock golden anniversary, which held a potential call to action for a new generation with headliners including Jay-Z and Carlos Santana, was canceled with a press release.
“We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on a festival we imagined," Michael Lang, co-founder of the 1969 Woodstock festival and Woodstock 50 promoter, says in a statement. "With the great line-up we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating."
Yesterday's announcement followed the departure over recent days of Woodstock 50's major acts, including Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Santana, the Lumineers and Dead and Company, as well as musicians who performed at the 1969 festival such as Country Joe McDonald and John Sebastian.