The festival is happening, but instead of being in upstate New York as originally planned, they’ll be heading for Maryland.
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.
In documents from Bloomberg, an executive with Howard County in Maryland wrote to Greg Peck, one of the Woodstock organizers that they couldn’t pass the opportunity up to save the event.
“When we heard that there was an opportunity to save this festival and bring a piece of American history to our community this summer, we jumped at the chance. Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia is a jewel of Howard County and one of the top music venues in the nation. It felt like such a natural fit to host a historic festival on our storied stage.”
Seth Hurwitz, operator of Merriweather Post Pavilion says Woodstock 50 reached out and they’re working on finalizing the performers now.
“The Woodstock folks are working on securing the artists now. If the bands come, we’ll produce the show. We’re looking forward to getting an update as soon as Woodstock 50 has one.”
The festival was formerly set to happen with Halsey, the Killers, Jay-Z, Chance The Rapper and Miley Cyrus. Their contracts have the former grounds listed but given they’re now a hefty distance away will likely to be void.
The documents further note the festival will be renamed “Woodstock 50 Washington.”
The event will primarily serve as a fundraiser for nonprofits dedicated to climate change and voter turnout. Some of the proceeds from ticket sales are expecting to be put towards organizations like HeadCount.
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