Organizers finally cancel troubled Woodstock 50 festival

NEW YORK (AP) — Woodstock 50 is officially canceled.

Organizers announced Wednesday that the troubled festival that hit a series of setbacks in the last four months won't take place next month.

The three-day festival was originally scheduled for Aug. 16-18, but holdups included permit denials and the loss of a financial partner and a production company.

Last week Jay-Z, Dead & Company and John Fogerty announced they wouldn't perform at the event after organizers said it was moving to Maryland from New York.

"We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the festival we imagined with the great lineup we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating," festival co-founder Michael Lang said in a statement Wednesday. "We released all the talent so any involvement on their part would be voluntary. Due to conflicting radius issues in the DC area many acts were unable to participate and others passed for their own reasons."

Organizers said they were planning to make Woodstock 50 a free benefit concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, before announcing they had canceled the festival altogether. Lang announced the 50th anniversary event in March alongside Fogerty and rapper-actor Common, two acts that were to perform. Other artists who were booked for the festival included the Killers, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, David Crosby, Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Halsey.

Woodstock will still celebrate its anniversary though the big event has been canceled: Ringo Starr, Santana and Fogerty will perform at Woodstock's original site in Bethel, New York, in a smaller anniversary event at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts not connected to Woodstock 50.

The original Woodstock, a festival pushing the message of peace, love and music, was a seminal, groundbreaking event in 1969 that featured performances by Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, the Who and other iconic acts.

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Group of young people huddle together in front of a swing at a playground during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, New York, August 1969. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
An unidentified barefoot young woman swings from a lashed structure that supports an elevated chicken coop at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, New York, August 1969. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Two unidentified women giving medical care to unidentified men, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Hippie couple posed together arm-in-arm with others around them, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Night overall of huge crowd with lights all over, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Papier-mache pig with wings & red, white & blue clothes hanging from a red, white & blue welcome sign, at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Young people standing in the mud & water talking, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Long-haired man seating on top of treehouse-like platform playing the guitar, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Several young people dish out food to youths in food line during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Several young people dish out food to youths in food line during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Overall of the huge crowd, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Several youths washing their feet at a water pump during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Overall of the huge crowd, looking towards large yellow tents, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
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