As the scheduled date for Woodstock 50 draws closer, the picture of which acts might be playing the festival—if it indeed takes place—continues to be muddled, with more artists removing themselves from the picture each day.
Some of the most recent pull-out announcements come from headliners like Santana, The Raconteurs, The Lumineers and Miley Cyrus, plus original Woodstock performers like Country Joe McDonald and Lovin’ Spoonful co-founder John Sebastian, all of whom join the likes of previous dropouts Dead & Company and Jay-Z.
This comes after Woodstock 50 organizers moved their sights to a smaller gathering at Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion as opposed to their previous venues in Vernon and Watkins Glen, NY, along with making the festival free/donation-based.
As Variety reports, one of the only acts that seems to be sticking with Woodstock 50 are the Zombies. Band co-manager Cindy da Silva tells the outlet, “If this was any other festival I’d say ‘Give it up already,’ but maybe the way it’s happening is right: It shouldn’t be for profit, it should be about peace and love and music and charity and people coming together. If it turns out the way it looks like it should, I do believe it’ll be a powerful event that could be a moment of change. Maybe there’s a reason it hasn’t gone away yet.”
Woodstock 50 is still planned for the weekend of Aug. 16–18, though the gathering would likely be a one-day event (Smashing Pumpkins are currently scheduled to play MPP Saturday, Aug. 17). Variety notes a source that claims a “broadcast partner has been contacted and asked to budget out a single day’s performance.”
Stay tuned for more updates on the ongoing Woodstock 50 saga.