One of the longest-running festival sagas we’ve ever known has finally come to an end. It’s official, Woodstock 50, the 50th-anniversary event of the legendary festival Woodstock.
The festival has faced a multitude of difficulties since it was first announced. It had ticketing issues, financial backers drop out, a couple of unfounded cancellation announcements, and most importantly, no place to hold the venue. While the organisers did finally quell the location problem, having found a spot in Maryland, the organisers have announced that the festival will not go ahead.
“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,” Michael Lang, co-founder of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, said in a statement.
“When we lost the Glen and then Vernon Downs we looked for a way to do some good rather than just cancel. We formed a collaboration with HeadCount to do a smaller event at the Merriweather Pavilion to raise funds for them to get out the vote and for certain NGOs involved in fighting climate change.”
Greg Peck, principal of Woodstock 50 said: “The unfortunate dispute with our financial partner and the resulting legal proceedings set us off course at a critical juncture, throwing a wrench in our plans and forcing us to find an alternate venue to Watkins Glen. The timing meant we had few choices where our artists would be able to perform. We worked hard to find a way to produce a proper tribute — and some great artists came aboard over the last week to support Woodstock 50 — but time simply ran short.
“We are greatly disappointed and thank all of our supporters, including the team at Merriweather Post Pavilion and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. Woodstock’s values of peace and tolerance are more important today than ever for all of us to stand for and we look to the future for ways to honor and celebrate these ideals.”
So though the festival may be cancelled, the spirit of Woodstock 1969 still lives on!