This weekend (15-18 August) marks the 50th anniversary of legendary music festival Woodstock – considered to be the pinnacle of the “summer of love” in 1969.
Woodstock was host to performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.
- Did you know that the Woodstock Festival was not actually held in Woodstock? The venue was Bethel, New York, and the reason for this was because the organisers were unable to get a site closer to town.
- The Governor at the time, Nelson Rockefeller, wanted to send in the National Guard to clear out the entire audience. However, he was persuaded during urgent negotiations to preferably assist the festival with a field hospital and medical teams from the US Army!
- Baby boomers are the forerunners of clearing up plastic and rubbish! The festival site was overrun with garbage, and the organisers announced on the sound system that bags would be distributed to everyone to help clear the area up.
- During the festival, there were two confirmed deaths and two confirmed births! However, the babies have never been identified!
- Although close to 200,000 tickets were sold, only 30,000 people got to see Jimi Hendrix’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Regrettably, most of the audience had left, as he only sang this on the Monday morning.