As Woodstock 50 makes the alleged shift from festival to benefit concert, more artists have announced that they would be pulling from the event. Headliner Miley Cyrus joins the list as the most recent artist to pull from Woodstock, joining fellow headliners Jay-Z and Dead & Co.
A few days ago, we learned that all of the artists set to perform at Woodstock 50 were released from their contracts just weeks before the event.
Organizers confirmed to the New York Times that the event will be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug 16 through 18. The new location is about four-and-a-half hours away from the original festival grounds.
With artists no longer obligated to their contracts, acts such as Jay-Z and John Fogerty announced they would be pulling out of the event.
More recently, Cyrus announced she would no longer be headlining the event joining acts such as the Lumineers, the Raconteurs, John Sebastion and Country Joe McDonald. All of which have pulled from Woodstock since last night.
The last two remaining headliners, the Killers and Imagine Dragons, have yet to confirm or pull from their performances. However, neither act lists the event on their websites.
With the performance list still up in the air, sources tell Variety “that the festival is moving ahead as a one-day event, and that so far four or five acts, including the Zombies, have agreed to perform.”
Variety reached out to a Woodstock rep but they claimed the festival had no comment.
While artists have been pulling from the event left and right, the Zombies have continued to hold onto their faith in the festival.
“I’ve always believed it would happen, which might sound kooky, but we’re at a messed-up moment in time right now and the spirit of Woodstock is something that we need,” comanager Cindy da Silva tells Variety. “And also, the tenacity of that team has been incredible.
“If this was any other festival I’d say ‘Give it up already,’ but maybe the way it’s happening is right: It shouldn’t be for profit, it should be about peace and love and music and charity and people coming together. If it turns out the way it looks like it should, I do believe it’ll be a powerful event that could be a moment of change. Maybe there’s a reason it hasn’t gone away yet.”
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