Now there are conflicting reports about whether the 50th-anniversary event, slated for August 16-18 in upstate New York, is still happening.
“Despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees,” they said in a statement.
CNN has reached out to the organizers of Woodstock 50 as well as the Dentsu Aegis Network but is still awaiting a response. O’Hearn, the county administrator, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The original Woodstock festival drew hundreds of thousands of people to New York’s Catskill Mountains for “three days of peace and music,” inspired by the civil rights, women’s rights and anti-war movements.
Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, the Black Keys, Chance the Rapper and The Killers were slated to headline the new event. Some artists who played at the original Woodstock, like Santana, David Crosby and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, were also scheduled to perform.
CNN’s Lisa Respers France contributed to this report.