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EntertainmentWoodstock 50 festival canceled

16:25  01 august  2019
16:25  01 august  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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NEW YORK — Woodstock 50 is officially canceled . Organizers announced Wednesday that the troubled festival that hit a series of setbacks in the last four months won’t take place next month. The three-day festival was originally scheduled for Aug. 16-18, but holdups included permit denials and

The troubled Woodstock 50 anniversary music festival planned for August was officially canceled on Wednesday. The three-day festival , that was designed to

Woodstock 50 festival canceled© Getty Images Jay Z, Miley Cyrus and Halsey were among the artists tentatively scheduled to perform during Woodstock 50. Credit: Getty Images

The Woodstock 50 festival, which in its planning stages has been plagued by a series of misfortunes and obstacles, will not go on as planned.

"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, 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."

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The Woodstock 50 festival , which in its planning stages has been plagued by a series of misfortunes and obstacles, will not go on as planned. But organizers, including promoter Lang, one of the creators of the original festival in 1969, said it wasn't up to the firm to cancel the festival , and they trudged on.

" Woodstock 50 today announced that the three-day festival to celebrate its 50 th anniversary has been cancelled ," the organisers said. "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

The festival had been scheduled to take place August 16 to 18 to celebrate Woodstock's 50th Anniversary.

Jay-Z pulled out of the festival just days ago, as did musician John Fogerty.

The cancellation brings to conclusion a messy saga that began earlier this year.

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.

But organizers, including promoter Lang, one of the creators of the original festival in 1969, said it wasn't up to the firm to cancel the festival, and they trudged on.

Last month, festival officials announced that the scheduled venue for Woodstock 50, Watkins Glen International, had pulled out.

New plans were later made to hold the festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland instead of the previously scheduled site in New York.

Calvin Ball, the county executive for Howard County, where the pavillion is located, said in a statement he shared "in the disappointment of everyone who hoped to celebrate the anniversary of 'Peace & Music' with a festival this summer."

At one point, some of the music industry's biggest names were announced as headliners, including Miley Cyrus and Chance the Rapper. Artists who performed at the original Woodstock, like Santana and David Crosby, were also set to perform.

Couple Who Met on the Way to Woodstock Finally Have the Photo to Prove It.
Judy and Jerry Griffin first met one day before the legendary music festival in upstate New York, where a half-million people gathered to rock out in 1969. Her car had broken down, so she and her friends got a ride with Jerry and his buddies. The connection was instant, the couple said. They later tied the knot and have been together ever since. But when they'd tell people their origin story, they always lamented that they had no pictures from the festival. Until now. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.

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