After several chaotic months dealing with permit issues and venue safety concerns, the Woodstock 50 festival has finally found a new home over 200 miles away in Maryland.
Organizers confirmed that the Woodstock 50 anniversary festival will relocate from upstate New York to Columbia, Maryland at Merriweather Post Pavilion - located about an hour outside of Washington DC and four and a half hours from the original Woodstock site in Bethel, NY.
It’s unclear who will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion should the festival actually proceed. As we previously reported back in March, the initial line up included a mix of Woodstock vets like Dead & Co., Santana, and Canned Heat alongside contemporary artists like Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, and The Killers.
The move is a last-ditch effort to save the festival, which has seemingly been plagued with bad luck since it was first announced. About a month following the event’s announcement, promoters stated that the festival would be cancelled, with reps citing concerns regarding capacity, site readiness, and permitting issues leading to the decision to cancel.
It seems festival co-founder Michael Lang has been scrambling to keep the event alive in the months since, finding resolution in Columbia, Maryland in the nick of time.
Woodstock 50 is set to take place August 16-18.