The 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival was initially planned for Watkins Glen State Park and was moved to Maryland at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Sadly, the hammer has come down and this entire event has been cancelled. No refunds available as no tickets ever went on sale.
It was only a few short days ago that the world learned that the Woodstock 50 event would not even be held in the state where it began and instead be further down the East Coast in Maryland but now according to the folks at TMZ it has been cancelled in full. According to a statement to the Entertainment Resource by Greg Peck, a principal of Woodstock 50;
“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.”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: So that’s all folks. Considering the stuff we’ve shared about this already it’s not a surprise that its come down to being cancelled. As I stated, I wasn’t even remotely planning on going since it was logistically difficult for me and had 0% Hard Rock and Metal bands. I mean it would have been fun to cover some of the groups for The Chronicles of Piercing Ken but I didn’t begin to look into that. Repeating an event like Woodstock from 1969 is probably not an easy feat in today’s world and let’s not forget that the original festival was a bit of a disaster as well.
Official Website: http://www.woodstock.com
It’s been a little bit since I discussed the problematic “Woodstock 50” Festival, which is an event that was aimed at celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the famous three day concert that was held at Yasgur’s Farm in Woodstock, NY back in 1969. As you can see, a new banner graphic has been revealed as of just the other day and with that comes some additional information.
Let’s recap the events thus far. The first news was that the financial group behind the event had cancelled it (seen HERE) but then founder Michael Lang said that the show would go on (seen HERE). Then as an almost final nail in the concert coffin, the event space itself said “Nope, You Can’t Do It Here!” (seen HERE). At this point they pitched the reasonably close to Watkins Glen area of Vernon NY. Mind you, both of these locations are more than a four hour drive from NYC if anyone was thinking of going. The town of Vernon said “Nope” as they felt it was going to be a chaos of people and then the last word I read thanks to some other online resources was that the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD was going to host the event. Talk about a relocation. Before I continue with more thoughts on this, here are the rundown of artists that have either pulled out or have been released from the performance contract.
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