The show will go on… in Maryland.

Organizers have shipped the beleaguered Woodstock 50 concert to Columbia, Maryland — more than 250 miles away from where the original 1969 music festival took place, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The move comes after officials in upstate New York refused to approve a permit for the 50th anniversary concert and one of the main financiers backed out.

Attempts to relocate to other parts of New York — home of the original hippiefest — were unsuccessful.

The festival is now slated for Aug. 16 to Aug 18 at the outdoor amphitheater Merriweather Post Pavilion, which accommodates about 32,000 people.

“When we heard that there was an opportunity to save this festival and bring a piece of American history to our community this summer, we jumped at the chance,” Calvin Ball, an executive of Howard County, Maryland, wrote in a note to Greg Peck, one of the organizers.

“Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia is a jewel of Howard County and one of the top music venues in the nation,” Ball wrote in the note obtained by Bloomberg. “It felt like such a natural fit to host a historic festival on our storied stage.”

The concert is now being pitched as “Woodstock 50 Washington.”

Since the venue is smaller than what was originally promised — and in a different state — organizers are in talks with artists and their reps about the new plan.

The original lineup included Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Halsey and other stars.

Tickets are currently expected to cost $129 to $595 for one-day passes to the event, which organizers are pitching as a fundraiser for nonprofits devoted to climate change and voter turnout.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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