Woodstock’s 50th anniversary pageant has formally been canceled.
“We’re saddened that a collection of unexpected setbacks has made it unimaginable to placed on the Pageant we imagined with the nice lineup we had booked and the social engagement we have been anticipating,” mentioned Michael Lang, co-founder of the Woodstock Music and Arts Pageant.
“When we misplaced the Glen after which Vernon Downs we appeared for a approach to do some good somewhat than simply cancel. We fashioned a collaboration with HeadCount to do a smaller occasion on the Merriweather Pavilion to boost funds for them to get out the vote and for sure NGOs concerned in preventing local weather change. We launched all of the expertise so any involvement on their half would bevoluntary. On account of conflicting radius points within the DC space many acts have been unable to take part and others handed for their very own causes. I want to encourage artists and brokers, who all have been absolutely paid, to donate 10% of their charges to HeadCount or causes of their alternative within the spirit of peace.”
“Woodstock stays dedicated to social change and can proceed to be lively in assist of HeadCount’s crucial mission to get out the vote earlier than the following election. We thank the artists, followers and companions who stood by us even within the face of adversity. My ideas flip to Bethel and its celebration of our 50th Anniversary to strengthen the values of compassion, human dignity, and the great thing about our variations embraced by Woodstock.”
Added Greg Peck, principal of Woodstock 50: “The unlucky dispute with our monetary companion and the ensuing authorized proceedings set us off track at a crucial juncture, throwing a wrench in our plans and forcing us to search out an alternate venue to Watkins Glen. The timing meant we had few decisions the place our artists would have the ability to carry out. We labored arduous to search out a approach to produce a correct tribute—and a few nice artists got here aboard during the last week to assist Woodstock 50—however time merely ran brief. We’re significantly upset and thank all of our supporters, together with the group at Merriweather Submit Pavilion and Howard County Government Calvin Ball. Woodstock’s values of peace and tolerance are extra essential in the present day than ever for all of us to face for and we glance to the longer term for methods to honor and rejoice these beliefs.”
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