A source has confirmed to NPR that Jay-Z, who was scheduled to be one of the festival's headlining performers, will not travel to Maryland for the event.
Singer John Fogerty, who performed at the original Woodstock as the frontman of Creedence Clearwater Revival, also has withdrawn from the lineup, according to a statement released by a representative.
With Fogerty and rapper-actor Common by his side, Michael Lang, the original festival's co-founder, announced in March that Jay-Z, Dead & Company, the Killers, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper and the Black Keys would perform at Woodstock 50.
If the plan progresses, the venue would be helping a production that was hobbled in the spring when Woodstock 50's financial backer, Dentsu Aegis Network, withdrew its funding over concerns about preproduction and tepid advance sales.
Originally, the festival was supposed to go down at Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York.
Bloomberg confirmed Thursday that the annual music festival will hold its 50th anniversary celebration August 16-18 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.
That's right - perhaps the largest draw of the weekend is no longer set to perform as Jay-Z has pulled the plug on his big show at Woodstock.
This year's 50th anniversary Woodstock festival will be held not in upstate NY but in Maryland, according to an announcement coming just weeks before the massive event is to take place.
"Most booking contracts are site specific, so with the move to Maryland I think in all probability these artists have easy-outs".
Woodstock 50, the music festival intended as a celebration of the era-defining 1969 concert, has instead spent months unravelling in public.
His departure comes the day after John Fogerty pulled his involvement from the troubled festival over a recently announced venue change. Werde said some of them may just wait for the festival to be canceled before going public. That will be the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the location of the original Woodstock, which is holding a smaller event that includes Ringo Starr and Santana.