After months of trouble, Woodstock 50 has finally found a new location.
The event was originally advertised as taking place in upstate New York. After much publicized legal trouble, the festival will now take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland, and according to a source, tens of thousands of tickets will be given out for free. Rolling Stone has confirmed that the event will be complimentary.
The new venue is an outdoor amphitheater that is estimated to accommodate an audience of around 32,000 people. “When we heard that there was an opportunity to save this festival and bring a piece of American history to our community this summer, we jumped at the chance,” Calvin Ball, an executive with Howard County, wrote to one of the organizers. “Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia is a jewel of Howard County and one of the top music venues in the nation. It felt like such a natural fit to host a historic festival on our storied stage.”
Meanwhile, artists have started to drop off the line-up amidst all the uncertainty of the festival. John Fogerty was the first artist to pull out of the show, followed shortly by Dead and Co. and Jay-Z.