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Woodstock Ventures explored a few other venues, but none panned out. Finally, just a month ahead of the concert, year-old dairy farmer Max Yasgur offered to rent them part of his land in the White Lake area of Bethel, New York, surrounded by the verdant Catskill Mountains. With the concert just a month away, the four frantic partners jumped at the opportunity and paid his asking price.
With a venue and talent secured, the partners turned to logistics. People are coming, and you need to be able to feed them, and take care of them, and give them a show. So you have to prioritize. With no efficient way to charge concert-goers, Lang and his partners decided to make Woodstock a free event. Originally, about 50, people were expected. But by August 13, at least that number were already camped out on location and over , tickets pre-sold.
As an estimated one million people descended on Woodstock, its organizers scrambled 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.
Eventually, about half a million people reached the venue. The Woodstock audience was diverse and a reflection of the rapidly-changing times. Some were hippies who felt alienated by a society steeped in materialism. In , the country was deep into the controversial Vietnam War , a conflict that many young people vehemently opposed. It was also the era of the civil rights movement , a period of great unrest and protest. Woodstock was an opportunity for people to escape into music and spread a message of unity and peace.
Although the crowd at Woodstock experienced bad weather, muddy conditions and a lack of food, water and adequate sanitation, the overall vibe there was harmonious. Looking back, some people attribute the lack of violence to the large number of psychedelic drugs being used. Most injuries were minor such as food poisoning and wounded bare feet. On Friday evening, August 15, Richie Havens took the stage and officially opened the proceedings.
Sweetwater, Joan Baez , and other folk artists also played Friday night. The music started up again shortly after noon on Saturday with Quill and continued non-stop until Sunday morning around 9 a. It was obvious to everyone that on Sunday, the festival was winding down. The crowd began streaming out over the course of the day, leaving about , people on Sunday night. When Jimi Hendrix, the final act to play Woodstock, finished his set early Monday morning, the crowd was down to 25, Despite the minute lines for water and at least hour-long wait to use a toilet, the Woodstock Festival was a huge success.
There were a lot of drugs, a lot of sex, nudity, and a sea of mud created by the rain. The organizers of Woodstock were dazed when the festival ended. They didn't really realize that they'd created arguably the most popular music event in history. To their great relief, the documentary film made at the festival turned into a hit movie and the box office profits covered a large chunk of their debts.
Table of Contents Expand. The Organizers of Woodstock. The Plan for the Woodstock Festival.marks the year anniversary of one of the most iconic rock events of the 20th century. The Woodstock Festival (a.k.a. An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music, was a three-day concert (which managed to roll into a fourth day) that took place on August 15 through 18, , at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in the town of Bethel just outside White Lake, New York.