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Woodstock 50 Reportedly Relocating To Maryland

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Woodstock 50 organizers reportedly plan to relocate the troubled festival from upstate New York to Columbia, Maryland.

The New York Times reports that organizers plan to hold the festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, which is about four-and-a-half hours from the original Woodstock site in Bethel, New York, on August 16 through 18. The outdoor amphitheater is estimated to accommodate about 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," Howard County Executive Calvin Ball wrote to Greg Peck, one of the Woodstock organizers, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg.

"Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia is a jewel of Howard County and one of the top music venues in the nation," he added. "It felt like such a natural fit to host a historic festival on our storied stage."

Woodstock 50's application to hold its 50th-anniversary event at the Vernon Downs racetrack in Vernon, New York was rejected due to safety and capacity issues.

The permit application was denied several times, with Town of Vernon Code Enforcement Officer Reay Walker calling the event's safety plan "worthless."

The initial lineup for the festival featured headliners such as Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Miley Cyrus and Santana, among others.

A change in venue allows the acts to legally back out of the event since the contract specifically states the event will take place at the venue.

Meanwhile, John Fogerty became the first artist to pull out from the beleaguered festival.

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