Woodstock 50: Acts released from their contracts

Following the news Friday that John Fogerty and Jay-Z have pulled out of Woodstock 50, organizers have released all the artists -- who signed on to perform at the original location in Watkins Glen, New York -- from their contracts now that it looks as though it will be staged in Maryland in mid-August.

Billboard reports that "reps for the festival and organizer Michael Lang E-mailed talent agents with bands on the bill and informed them that they would not try to enforce performance contracts for the event."

As a result, Lang and his team have three weeks to to book a new slate of artists for the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

Seth Hurwitz, who operates Merriweather, says Lang contacted him about moving to D.C., and he suggested Merriweather, which is not far from the city. But there is one hangup -- Smashing Pumpkins have the venue booked for one of the three days in question, Saturday, August 17th. Either they'll have to release the date or, perhaps, take part in the festival. 

 
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