Before the days of Glastonbury and Coachella, the festival scene was dominated by one incredible festival – Woodstock. Woodstock was the perfect balance between culture, art, and music. The festival took place between August 15-18 in 1969 and was the epitome of all things ‘60s. Think hippie counterculture, tie-dye, headbands, and super long hair. But it’s not enough to just read about it, take a look at amazing Woodstock pictures that will make you wish you’d been there…
Peace & Music
The original poster for Woodstock coined it as ‘An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music.’ The festival was organized by John Roberts, Michael Lang, Artie Kornfield and Joel Rosenman and tickets were available for $18 – which would be around $120 today.
A Peaceful Future
The above picture is of Max Yasgur, the owner of the land where Woodstock was held. After the festival had ended, he spoke of how, “If we join them, we can turn those adversities that are the problems of America today into a hope for a brighter and more peaceful future…”
Woodstock was held on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. But because of the sheer amount of people heading to the festival, roads became gridlocked, and entrance to the festival became blocked 24-hours before it was set to start. Most people just ditched their cars and walked the rest of the way to the festival grounds.
VW’s at Woodstock
VW Campervans were a huge part of the ‘60s, with many opting to use them to travel to Woodstock. This is why the van has since been nicknamed the ‘Hippy Van’ because they are associated with this event.
The organizers of Woodstock didn’t intend to have that many turn up to their festival. They told the authorities that they were expecting around 50,000 people to attend. But oh, how wrong they were! Over the whole weekend, 500,000 people turned up. Due to the sheer number of people making their way onto the farm, organizers had no choice but to offer free entry and cut the fences surrounding the area.
If I fit, I sit
Because there were so many people covering a relatively small space, space to rest was limited. But people came up with their own unique ways to take a little break from the music and festivities.
People also needed to think outside of the box to get the best view of their favorite performers. With little space on the floor, many people took to the skies and climbed up the railings.