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All Woodstock artists released from contracts, 50th anniversary moves to a free one-day event

With less than three weeks to go, the question still remains: is Woodstock 50 actually going to happen? Nobody really knows.

The latest news in the ongoing drama is that the permit that was needed to host the festival in Vernon, New York has been rejected. Still not ready to call it quits, organizers are now scrambling to obtain the permit in Colombia, Maryland in hopes of hosting the event at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. It’s a much smaller venue, but after everything that’s happened, organizers are making concessions left and right.

Multiple artists, including but not limited to Jay-Z and John Fogerty, have already backed out of Woodstock 50. But now, due to the location no longer being where the artists agreed to play, every artist on the original billing has been rightfully released from their contractual obligations with the festival. They are still wanted there, although it is no longer required by law. Since all of the contracts have been canceled, and it’s unsure who is actually going to perform, it is now looking like Woodstock 50 will be a free event.

Eager to make the show go on, Michael Lang desperately continues searching for ways to pull this together. Stay tuned as the story continues to unfold. August 16 is right around the corner.

H/T: Spin, Billboard.