The Woodstock Music Festival also is known as “ An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music”. Woodstock was a three-day concert and ends on the fourth day. The music festival involved lots of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, plus a lot of mud. The Woodstock Music Festival that was first held in the year 1969 has become an icon of the 1960s hippie counterculture.

History of Woodstock

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Woodstock Ventures explored a few other venues but was not able to plan. Finally, just a month ahead of the music festival. A 49-year-old dairy farmer Max Yasgur offered to rent them part of his land in the White Lake area of Bethel in New York. Surrounded by the beautiful Catskill Mountains. The first Woodstock music festival was held on August 15, 1969 for four day.
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was organized by four inexperienced promoters which were only in there 20’s and the oldest was 27 years old and they were; Artie Kornfeld, Michael Lang, John P. Roberts, Joel Rosenman. It became famous when it was held first as it complimented the 60’s hippie lifestyle . Woodstock was a success, Last-minute venue changes, bad weather and the hordes of attendees caused major headaches.

The Massive Crowd

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According to the reports , about 186,000 tickets were sold before the weekend. Organizers thought that no more than 200,000 attendees would actually show up.

The organizers failed to set up the ticket booths they had planned. And the fence that it was made was torn down by the crowds on the first day. As an estimated one million people showed up at Woodstock, its organizers pit a lot of hard work to add more facilities. Highways and local roads came to a standstill and many concert-goers simply abandoned their cars and trekked the rest of the way on foot. About half a million people reached the venue.
A total of 400,000 to 500,000 people, more than double their initial estimate, ended up at the festival.
Fencing, entrance gates and ticket booths needed to be set up and a performers’ pavilion, bathroom facilities and medical tents were built.

But by the time people started arriving at the music festival a couple days ahead of the concert. The fencing, gates and ticket booths still weren’t ready. The crowd was flooding and the organizers gave there best to feed the people and arrange all the necessary needs. They also provided security to the artists and to the people who came.

With the over flow of crowd and seeing people enthusiasm for the festival. Lang and his partners decided to make Woodstock a free event.

The Music

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The genre of music that was performed was usually Rock and Roll like, blues rock, folk rock, jazz fusion, hard rock, Latin rock, and psychedelic rock.
The famous artists who performed were Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and Jimi Hendrix.
Thirty-two musicians, a combination of local and world-famous talent, performed at Woodstock.
Hendrix was the last musician to perform at Woodstock. Rain delays prevented him from taking the stage until early Monday morning. And by the time he went on, the crowd had thinned to around 25,000 people. Jimi Hendrix already had many ground-breaking releases under his name before performed to Woodstock in 1969 to more than 400,000 people. He joined acts like The Band, The Who, and Janis Joplin, among others. And the event was named as one of the most famous concerts in history and a defining and celebrating moment for music in the 1960s. Woodstock paid a good amount of money to all the artist that performed in it but the highest paid artist was Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix made up to $18,000.

Events

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The first ever Woodstock music festival was held on August 15, 1969. Then 1994 festival was better organized and more successful financially. In 1999 a third festival was marred by a small riot. The Museum at Bethel Woods, a multimedia exhibit space attached to a performing arts center, opened in 2008. With the stated mission of preserving the original festival site and educating visitors about the music and culture of the Woodstock era. This August 15, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the famed Woodstock Music and Art Festival, which took place on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York.

Conclusion

The Woodstock music festival is counted as one of biggest music festival on this face of earth. Due to its crowd and it’s popularity Woodstock spread like fire all around the world. It was so famous that an event was captured in the Academy Award-winning 1970 documentary movie Woodstock. An accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell’s song called “Woodstock”.
Woodstock was a peaceful celebration and earned its place in the hall of fame in pop culture history. And showed the hippie lifestyle of 60’s.