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Woodstock 50 Is Officially Canceled

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The troubled Woodstock 50 festival has been called off.

The announcement was made just 16 days before the planned start of the event and came after months of setbacks for the planned 50th anniversary celebration and with a venue still not assured.

“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,” Michael Lang, the lead promoter of Woodstock 50 and a longtime Ulster County resident, said in a prepared statement.

The festival, scheduled for Aug. 16-18 but not announced until this past January, lost its original venue, the Watkins Glen International motor speedway in New York’s Finger Lakes region, on June 10. And on July 22, the central New York town of Vernon rejected the promoters’ request to hold the festival at the Vernon Downs harness racing track.

An 11th-hour move to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland followed, with talk of admission being free, but with time running short, permits not secured and several big-name acts dropping out, the festival was doomed.

“We worked hard to find a way to produce a proper tribute, and some great artists came aboard over the last week to support Woodstock 50, but time simply ran short,” said Lang partner Greg Peck, also in a prepared statement. “We are greatly disappointed.”

Lang said he’s asking Woodstock 50 artists who already were paid to donate 10 percent of their earnings to HeadCount, a nonprofit group that registers voters at music events, or to another organization.

The New York Times reported that the signed acts had been paid a total of $32 million in advance.

The festival has been plagued by problems almost since it was announced: Tickets never went on sale, the chief financial backer and production company pulled their support, the promoters waged a court battle with the ex-backer, Watkins Glen announced it would not host the show, and then Vernon rejected the event.

Finally, after the announced moved to Maryland, scheduled performers Jay-Z, John Fogerty, Miley Cyrus, Dead & Company, Santana, John Sebastian and Country Joe all said they would not show up.

Other announced acts for the festival, totaling more than 80 in all, included the Killers, Gary Clark Jr., David Crosby, Robert Plant, Chance the Rapper, Janelle Monae and Imagine Dragons, though Woodstock 50 was forced to release all of them from their contracts because of the move to Maryland, and it’s unclear how many might have shown up had the event not been canceled.

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Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus Lead 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival

DaBaby, Erykah Badu, George Strait, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Black Pumas, and dozens more lined up for 20th-anniversary fest

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After taking last year off and almost getting replaced by a Vanilla Ice concert, Austin City Limits is returning to Zilker Park in Austin, Texas this fall. ACL will take place over two weekends, 10/1-10/3 and 10/8-10/10, and organizers have just announced the 2021 festival’s lineup. Headlining the shows in October are George Strait, Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cirus, Rufus Du Sol, Dababy and Erykah Badu.

“Music is coming back strong to the Live Music Capital of the World,” says Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “The return of Austin City Limits as an in-person festival celebrates that our efforts as a community to become vaccinated are working. Health and safety remain our top priority, and we will work closely with the organizers and Austin Public Health to ensure ACL Fest is in line with our health standards. We must continue to get everyone vaccinated and keep up our success.”

As the Austin City Limits music festival prepares for a big comeback after a 2020 COVID-19 cancellation, tickets are on sale for both weekends (October 1-3 and 8-10) now.

The festival’s cancellation, according to a 2019 study, presented a blow to Austin’s economy, as the event brought almost $1.5 billion to the area that year. The cancellation also came months after Austin’s other iconic music festival, South By Southwest, made the decision to cancel for the first time in its 34-year history.

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The Governors Ball Announces 10th Anniversary Festival Lineup and New Location

Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, and Post Malone will headline the NYC fest in September.

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The Governors Ball is celebrating its 10th anniversary from September 24-26 at the Citi Field complex in Queens, New York. In honor of its decade-long reign, the Citi Field complex in Queens, NY will be hosting many major names including headliners Billie Eilish, Post Malone, and A$AP Rocky. As well as, Megan Thee Stallion, J Balvin, Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Burna Boy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamie xx, DaBaby, 100 gecs, Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist, Orville Peck, Bartees Strange, Amaarae, MIKE, Future Islands, Leon Bridges, Duck Sauce, Dominic Fike, and more are set to perform.

“Building a recovery for all of us means reconnecting with the iconic events that make New York City the greatest travel destination in the world,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “As more New Yorkers become vaccinated by the day, we’re proud to support arts and culture and welcome back Governors Ball and their fantastic lineup, including New York City’s own Princess Nokia, A$AP Rocky, and King Princess, among others.”

Pre-sale for three-day and one-day GA and VIP tickets will be available exclusively for Citi Cardmembers from today at 6:30 a.m. PST through Thursday, May 6 at 8:59 a.m. PST. Three-day and one-day GA and VIP tickets will be available to all ages via GovBall.com beginning Thursday, May 6 at 9 p.m. PST.

Check out the full lineup below.

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Bonnaroo Announces 2021 Lineup with Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tyler The Creator as Festival Headliners

Morning Jacket, Deftones, Janelle Monáe, Incubus, and Julien Baker have also joined the September lineup

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After canceling its 2020 event due to the pandemic, the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has announced its full lineup. It’ll kick off with the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday, September 2. Megan Thee Stallion and Foo Fighters will perform Friday; Tame Impala and Lizzo will perform Saturday; and Tyler, the Creator and Lana Del Rey will perform Saturday. Artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Lil Baby, Jason Isbell, Brittany Howard, Deftones, Run the Jewels, and many others will play during the weekend.

The acts no longer attending the event include Tool, Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend, The 1975, Bassnectar, Flume, Oysterhead, Tenacious D, Denzel Curry, slowthai, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Nilüfer Yanya, Mt. Joy, Rezz, Mt. Joy, Billy Strings, and Tones and I.

Bonnaroo’s press release says organizers “always will be in regular communication with local health and public safety officials and will continue to abide by relevant recommendations. As it approaches, Bonnaroovians will receive regular updates with the important information needed to plan their trip to The Farm, including any changes to policies and procedures they’ll need to know before entering the festival and campgrounds.”

Bonnaroo also announced an NFT collection in honor of the festival’s return and its 20th anniversary. “To celebrate the return of Bonnaroo and to commemorate the festival’s 20th Anniversary, Bonnaroo has created a one-of-a-kind NFT collection including a 1 of 1 special edition of the 2021 Lineup Poster,” read a statement. “This is the first time a music festival has produced an NFT collection and Bonnaroo is so excited to partner with digital artist Archan Nair and premier NFT marketplace, Makers Place.” The digital artwork will be available for bidding on Apr. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET. For more information and to place a bid, click here.

Tickets for Bonnaroo will go on sale today, March 31st at 1 PM ET/12 PM CT, via the festival’s website. Options include General Admission (4-Day), GA+ (4-Day), VIP (4-Day), Platinum (4-Day), General Admission Camping & Parking, VIP Camping, and Platinum Camping.

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