The Black Keys cancel ‘Woodstock 50’ performance
Less than a month after their appearance at the event was confirmed, the Black Keys have canceled their performance at the Woodstock 50 festival. The duo announced the news on Friday (April 5th), saying in a statement, “Due to a scheduling conflict, the Black Keys will unfortunately need to cancel their set at Woodstock. The band wants to let fans know as soon as possible and before tickets go on sale.”
Singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney had been slated to perform at the festival alongside a heavyweight bill that includes The Killers, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Imagine Dragons, Cage The Elephant, Miley Cyrus, Santana, Halsey, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, Common, Vince Staples and many others.
The Black Keys released a new song entitled “Lo/Hi” last month, the first new music from the pair since 2014’s Turn Blue album. They also announced a 31-date North American tour with Modest Mouse after several years of working on individual music projects.
Woodstock 50 will take place in Watkins Glen, New York, 150 miles west of the original site, on the weekend of August 16th through the 18th, the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock. Tickets for Woodstock 50 will go on sale April 22nd.
Story source: Billboard
DID YOU KNOW?
- The initial announcement of the Woodstock 50 lineup was held off until the headlining acts had been paid their guarantees in full, following rumors that the anniversary event was in financial trouble.
- Woodstock 50 is also seen as a risk because of the amount of work and infrastructure needed to prepare the site, which has very few nearby hotels and rainy weather in August, for a camping festival of this size.
- Although a capacity of 75,000 attendees has been approved, Organizer and original Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang has allegedly been pushing to get an increased capacity of 125,000 attendees approved.