Published: Sat, July 27, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

John Fogerty pulls out of troubled Woodstock 50 festival

John Fogerty pulls out of troubled Woodstock 50 festival

The Associated Press reports that JAY-Z will no longer perform at Woodstock 50, citing a "person familiar with the situation" who spoke under the condition of anonymity.

Some artists were contracted through original financial backer, Dentsu Aegis, others directly with Woodstock 50, but all participating artists are arguably in their right to cite material breach of the agreement, which specified Watkins Glen as the venue and upstate NY as the area for the festival.

The original lineup included Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Halsey and other stars.

But Woodstock 50 has faced a series of setbacks, including permit denials and the loss of a financial partner and a production company.

Tickets are now expected to cost $129 to $595 for one-day passes to the event, which organizers are pitching as a fundraiser for nonprofits devoted to climate change and voter turnout.

The original site was Watkins Glen International Speedway, but according to Bloomberg, it may move to the Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, Maryland, in an attempt to "salvage the troubled event", ET Online reports.

Bloomberg reported Thursday that the event will now take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater that seats 19,000 in Columbia, Maryland, some 270 miles south of the original NY site.

JAY-Z will not be performing at Woodstock 50. Billboard magazine reported today that Woodstock has released all artists from their contracts and is trying to negotiate new ones. "At only one site.At the original one - the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts". The new location was designed for such events and could more efficiently adapt to organizers' needs.

Merriweather Post Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater 270 miles south of Bethel, N.Y., the site of the 1969 festival and the original location for the 2019 event. "They were contracted to play a show in Watkins Glen".

The Woodstock 50 festival has gone through enough issues that the wise decision would appear to be a cancellation. In April, a marketing firm that was financing the festival opted to pull out, with executives telling festival organizers that they were canceling the event.

The day before, musician John Fogerty also pulled out from the event due to a recent venue change.

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