The Raconteurs, Miley Cyrus, Santana & More Cancel Woodstock 50 Appearances


The Raconteurs and Miley Cyrus are the latest acts to reveal that they will no longer being appearing at the Woodstock 50 anniversary festival between Aug. 16-18. 

The Raconteurs were announced for the Woodstock 50 festival lineup in March alongside headliners The Killers, Chance The Rapper, Halsey and more. The festival was originally slated to take place in Watkins Glen, New York, but various permit denials have left the three days of peace, love and music without a home. Now the supergroup led by Jack White has announced an alternative show on Aug. 16 at Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, New York, which conflicts with their appearance date at the troubled festival.

Variety is also reporting that Miley Cyrus has also pulled out of the festival as of Tuesday (July 30).

With less than a month until the festival dates, Woodstock 50 has also lost notable act such as Jay-Z, Dead & Company, The Black Keys, who pulled out in April, and John Fogerty, who played at Woodstock ’69.

“John Fogerty knows where he will be for the Anniversary weekend of Woodstock.  At only one site…At the original one – the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts,” Fogerty’s management said in a statement sent to Billboard.

According to Rolling Stone, representatives for Carlos Santana and the Lumineers have also disclosed that the acts will not be performing at the festival’s possible new location of Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland.

Billboard confirmed on Friday (July 26) that organizers for Woodstock 50 emailed talent agents with bands on the bill and informed them that the festival would no longer enforce performance contracts for the event that was possibly moving 350 miles south of its original location.

Country Joe McDonald and John Sebastian are also out, telling The Baltimore Sun on Monday that they would not appear in Maryland.

“I have no airfare booked. I have no hotels. I have nothing planned,” McDonald told The Sun. “I’m not interested in getting on a ship that’s sinking, and I don’t see any indication that this ship is not sinking.”

Woodstock 50 organizers are now trying to book new artists for a possible event at Merriweather Post Pavilion, with the venues operator Seth Hurwitz from I.M.P. telling Billboard he has offered to help the event.

"[Woodstock co-founder] Michael Lang called me a week ago about doing the show in DC proper but, on this short notice, there really wasn’t anywhere to do that. I suggested Merriweather would be a low risk option and is considered DC. Plus it has a similar historic legacy," Hurwitz told Billboard on July 26. "We made a deal quickly contingent on him putting a show together and dealing with the fact that we have a show booked on one of those dates. So now I’m just a venue waiting to see if the promoter with the hold is going to confirm."