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Woodstock 50 officially cancelled: Organizers

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Published on July 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:04s

Woodstock 50 officially cancelled: Organizers

The troubled Woodstock 50 anniversary music festival planned for August was officially canceled on Wednesday, with organizers blaming a series of "unforeseen setbacks." Gavino Garay reports.

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Woodstock 50 officially cancelled: Organizers

The Woodstock 50th anniversary music festival has officially been called off.

Organizers on Wednesday blamed a series of "unforeseen setbacks" for forcing them to cancel the event meant to mark 50 years since the famed 1969 celebration of peace, love and music.

The cancellation was widely expected after organizers lost funding, and headliners including rapper Jay-Z and pop star Miley Cyrus pulled out.

The three-day festival had been planned for mid August, and after unsuccessful attempts at securing venues in New York State, organizers last week made a last-ditch effort to put on a free, scaled down event at an amphitheater in Maryland.

The nonprofit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the current owner of the field where the 1969 Woodstock festival took place, also scaled back plans earlier this year for a three-day anniversary event.

It will instead host separate concerts by Ringo Starr, Santana and the Doobie Brothers.

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