Artists continue to pull out of the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival including two of their biggest acts – Jay-Z and John Fogerty.

Because they are not allowed to discuss the plans publicly, a person familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Friday (July 26th) that the “99 Problems’ rapper will no longer close the three-day festival scheduled for August 16-18. Fogerty, who played the original gathering back in 1969 with Creedence Clearwater Revival, will now perform only at Woodstock’s original site in Bethel, New York, in a smaller anniversary event not connected to Woodstock 50.

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Fogerty had appeared in March alongside the original festival’s co-founder, Michael Lang, to announce that Jay-Z, Dead & Company and the Killers would perform at the highly-anticipated event, that has since faced a series of setbacks, including permit denials and the loss of a financial partner and production company. Though it’s set to commence in 3 weeks, as of yet the show doesn’t have a venue and tickets have yet to go on sale.

With these heavyweight artists dropping out, and more expected to follow suit, the fate of the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival looks grim and stay tuned for more details regarding the gathering.

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