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Report: Woodstock 50 releases all artists from contracts

Report: Woodstock 50 releases all artists from contracts

July 26, 2019 04:36 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC/AP) -- Organizers of Woodstock 50 have officially released all of the artists that were scheduled to play at the three-day festival this August. 

According to Billboard, representatives for the festival and co-founder Michael Lang emailed talent agents that they would not try to enforce performance contracts for the event. The letter to talent agents explained that artists were still invited to play at the festival, but were not legally obligated to show up.  

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Bloomberg reported Thursday that the event will now take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Columbia, Maryland, some 270 miles south of the original New York site.  A representative for Woodstock 50 told the AP that she couldn't confirm the report and said the organizers had no further comment.

This comes on the same day that the rap king, Jay-Z , pulled out of the troubled event. John Fogerty, who performed at the original 1969 festival with Creedence Clearwater Revival, also pulled out of the anniversary event.

Representatives for Woodstock 50 and Lang said they had no comment about Jay-Z and Fogerty's decision to back out of the festival. 

Woodstock 50 has faced a series of setbacks in the last few months, including permit denials and the loss of a financial partner and a production company.

To date, no venue has been publicly announced and tickets have yet to go on sale.

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