Woodstock 50 Officially Off – officially canceled

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Woodstock 50 is a “sinking ship,”The troubled Woodstock 50 anniversary music festival planned for August was officially canceled on Wednesday, with organizers blaming a series of “unforeseen setbacks.”

The three-day festival, meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed 1969 celebration of peace and music, was planned for Aug. 16-18.

Woodstock 50 is officially off, multiple sources tell Variety. Vendors and stakeholders were notified this morning, July 31, that the beleaguered festival was not going on. The festival was originally scheduled for Aug. 16 through 18.

Yesterday it was reported that headliner Miley Cyrus had pulled out of the festival, joining the Raconteurs, the Lumineers and original Woodstock 1969 performers Santana, John Sebastian and Country Joe McDonald, all of whom since last night have said publicly that they’re not performing. Earlier, headliners Jay-Z and the Dead & Co., as well as John Fogerty, confirmed that they will not be performing.

The festival was supposed to take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion outside Baltimore the weekend of Aug. 16 to 18, although a revised plan for a one-day show meant the concert would take place on either the Friday (for which the venue’s capacity is 20,000) or the Sunday (for which is it 32,000), because the Smashing Pumpkins are scheduled to perform their own show at the venue on Saturday, the 17th.

Miley Cyrus pulled out of the 2019 Woodstock festival on Tuesday, and Rolling Stone reports Santana, Pussy Riot, and The Lumineers have also canceled their appearances. Jay-Z, Dead & Company (featuring John Mayer and members of the Grateful Dead), John Fogerty (of Creedence Clearwater Revival), Chance the Rapper, and Jack White’s The Raconteurs also dropped out this past week; The Black Keys canceled in April.

Country Joe McDonald (of Country Joe and the Fish) and John Sebastian (of The Lovin’ Spoonful), who both appeared at the original Woodstock festival in 1969 with Santana, Fogerty and others, told The Baltimore Sunthat they would not appear at the new venue in Columbia, Maryland.

“I have no airfare booked. I have no hotels. I have nothing planned,” McDonald told The Sun. “I’m not interested in getting on a ship that’s sinking, and I don’t see any indication that this ship is not sinking.”

Woodstock 50 festival is re-locating to Merriweather Post Pavilion, Maryland

Tickets to the embattled Woodstock 50 festival will now be free, according to the operator of the site where it is due to take place.

A spokesperson for the Merriweather Post Pavillion told Pitchfork: “That was the last thing we heard too.

“We’re still waiting to hear who is playing, but that’s not our job. They do still have a venue if they have a show.”

Organisers of Woodstock 50, the 50th anniversary commemoration of the iconic 1969 festival, have been denied a permit for a new venue. Now Woodstock 50 will take place in a new location next month, according to organisers.(NME)

The troubled festival, which was originally scheduled to take place in Watkins Glen, New York, will now be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland from August 16-18.

The festival line-up has yet to be finalised and whilst organisers have confirmed that the festival is happening, a report in The New York Times claims that none of the artists from the original line up have been confirmed to perform at the new venue.

Last month, organisers applied for a permit to hold the event at Vernon Downs in upstate New York, east of Syracuse. The site features a ‘racino’ – a combined racing track and casino – as well as a hotel and a horse racing track. The initial venue for Woodstock 50, Watkins Glen International raceway, pulled out of the festival in May.

The new permit has now been denied, reports Variety. According to Oneida County Administrator Anthony Picente Jr., the promoters have five days to appeal the decision, but “what they have submitted to date has not met many of the requirements.” He added that the likelihood of the festival happening is “highly unlikely.”

The New York State Department of Health also rescinded the event’s permit application.
Update at 4:30 p.m. PST: Woodstock 50 released the following statement in reaction to losing their site, having their permit application rescinded and seeing their producer cancel their involvement: “We confirm that we will not be moving forward with Watkins Glen as a venue for Woodstock 50. We are in discussions with another venue to host Woodstock 50 on August 16th—18th and look forward to sharing the new location when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks.”

Less than an hour after Watkins Glen International speedway announced it was no longer hosting Woodstock 50 on Monday (June 10), in separate announcements the event’s producer CID Entertainment issued a statement saying it was ending its involvement with the anniversary festival and the New York State Department of Health gave word its permit application was being rescinded.

“CID Entertainment had been engaged to provide enhanced camping, travel packages and transportation for Woodstock 50. Given developments, we can confirm that CID is no longer involved in Woodstock 50 in any capacity,” CID Entertainment’s Dan Berkowitz told Billboard in a statement.

As the 50th anniversary of Woodstock approaches, we’re ook back at the original festival budget. How much were original artists paid in 1969?

By Geoff Herbert | gherbert@syracuse.com to read the full article click here

in 1969, the headliners were very different: Jimi Hendrix was the top-billed artist and received 24 times more money than Santana, according to archived documents. Hendrix was paid $18,000 which would be over $120,000 in 2019 (adjusted for inflation); Santana received $750, or just over $5,000 today.

Scroll down to see how much the original Woodstock performers were paid, and how much each would be paid in today’s dollars when adjusted for inflation.

The Carlos Santana-led band was relatively unknown outside of San Francisco at the time, but later become recognized as one of Woodstock’s most iconic performers with a career that still thrives today.

By comparison, Variety reports rumored Woodstock 50 performers like The Killers and Imagine Dragons both earned upwards of $500,000 per gig back in 2014. According to Complex, a headliner like Jay-Z gets paid $1 million — or more.

Festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo are big business now, but that seems crazy when compared to 1969 artist fees for iconic Woodstock performers like Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker, who got $7,500 and $1,375, respectively. Even with inflation, that’s still just $51,440 and $9,430 today, respectively.

And how much were Woodstock tickets? 2019’s prices haven’t been announced yet, but 1969 tickets were as low as $6.50 (or $18 for a three-day pass) and Woodstock ’99 prices were $150.

Jimi Hendrix $18,000 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $123,455) Blood, Sweat and Tears $15,000 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $102,879) Creedence Clearwater Revival $10,000 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $68,586) Joan Baez  $10,000 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $68,586) – Jefferson Airplane $7,500 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $51,439)  The Band $7,500 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $51,439)  

Janis Joplin $7,500 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $51,439) Sly and the Family Stone $7,000 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $48,010) Canned Heat $6,500 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $44,581) The Who

$6,250 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $42,866) Richie Havens 6000(adjusted for inflation in 2019: $41,151) Arlo Guthrie $5,000 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $34,293) Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young $5,000 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $34,293) Ravi Shankar $4,500 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $30,864) Johnny Winter$3,750 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $25,720)

Ten Years After $3,250 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $22,291) Country Joe and the Fish $2,500 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $17,147) Grateful Dead
$2,500 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $17,146) The Incredible String Band
$2,250 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $15,432) Mountain $2,000(adjusted for inflation in 2019: $13,717) Tim Hardin $2,000 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $13,717) Joe Cocker
$1,375 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $9,431) Sweetwater $1,250 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $8,573) John B. Sebastian $1,000 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $6,859)

Santana $750 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $5,144) Melanie $750 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $5,144) Sha Na Na
$700 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $4,801) Keef Hartley $500 (adjusted for inflation in 2019: $3,429) Quill
$375(adjusted for inflation in 2019: $2,572)

 

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