Woodstock 50—a festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 peace-love-music event—has been cancelled, according to a statement on the concert’s website.
The three-day festival was originally scheduled to take place Aug. 16–18 in Watkins Glen, N.Y., about 115 miles from the original location in Bethel Woods, N.Y.
However, after a series of logistical problems and performer cancellations, the festival is officially kaput.
Country-centric artists slated to perform included Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Anderson East and Brandi Carlile. Additional performers originally included Jay-Z, the Killers, Santana, Robert Plant, Imagine Dragons, the Black Keys, Chance the Rapper and more.
“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,” said Michael Lang, the co-founder of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. “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.”
Bethel is holding its own Woodstock festival on Aug. 16–18 on the same field as the original celebration. Performers include Arlo Guthrie, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, the Doobie Brothers, John Fogerty, Grace Potter, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more.
photo via Woodstock 50