There have been plenty of music festivals over the years, but none of them have gone down in the history books quite like Woodstock. The 1969 musical festival was a one of a kind experience that created a huge moment in history. Who says that music can’t bring people together?
Facing the elements
The weather at Woodstock wasn’t on the crowd’s side. The heat was overwhelming for many people. In fact, it was so hot that many people started doing rain dances in the hope that it would bring some relief from the sun.
Amazingly, all of their wishes seemed to pay off as the rain quickly came – and didn’t stop. It wasn’t long before the festival ended up getting flooded. The mud was so bad that many people ditched their shoes and decided to tackle the mess head-on.
Festivals are a great place to let go of your real-life and embrace the atmosphere of it all. The likes of Coachella, Burning Man, and Glastonbury have been enough to see many of us adopt new fashions.
1969 was all about fringe on clothing, black and white patterns, and large flared pants. It looks like this woman put her own spin on the decade by adding a variety of accessories to her look and completing it all with a headband.
Caught in the moment
Most of the people that attended Woodstock had the time of their lives. One girl appeared to be blissfully unaware that she was about to become the subject of one of the most historical photos in history.
However, it turns out that not everyone was impressed with the crowds. Ravi Shankar from Sitar said that he found everything about Woodstock terrifying. Apparently, he said that the people lying and playing in the mud all reminded him of water buffalo.
Creating her style
It’s not just modern festivals that see us grab sequins and decorate ourselves. It looks like one woman was doing it before it even became a trend. In fact, Woodstock was so memorable that many of the styles have influenced the world ever since.
Her headband and floppy hat wouldn’t look out of place at many other festivals around the world. Everything from her boho-chic blouse to her beaded necklace seems to blend effortlessly into Woodstock.
Left outside alone
The rain got so bad at Woodstock that many people decided to head home early. The mud piled up, and people were covered from head to foot in the mess. The streams even turned into baths for the festival-goers…
as they tried to wash away the mud. It looks as though this woman was one of the many that decided to leave the wet weather behind and head home. Hopefully, she wasn’t waiting in the rain with her bags for too long.
Sending a message
It turns out that every part of Woodstock ‘69 was about sharing peace and love with others. The best bit? Even the trash had a message. Thousands of people in one place meant that there was a lot to clear up as soon as everyone had gone home.
Plenty of volunteers stayed behind to help get things organized, but they had a plan. They actually placed the garbage into a giant peace sign that could be seen from the news helicopters covering the story.
Forever blowing bubbles
Have you ever taken a moment to sit back and blow bubbles? It might not be something that most of us do all the time, but it could be time to start. After all, this woman seems to be having fun in the field.
The festival appeared to be just another moment in time in 1969. However, the original site has since been turned into a historic site. It was put on the National Register of Historic Places back in 2017 and was home to events for the festival’s 50th anniversary.
Lost in music
Woodstock was a music festival that quickly grew to become something that no one ever imagined possible. It took place in 1969 and has gone down as one of the most iconic moments in history.
Why? It represented people from across the US coming together and uniting in a time the nation was so divided. In fact, the festival was so iconic that no one has been able to recreate the magic ever since – even though some have tried.
Just a name
Although the festival was named Woodstock, it didn’t actually take place in the town. It was supposed to be held there, but plans all fell through thanks to some arguments about toilets. The people that agreed to host the festival said the portable bathrooms didn’t meet the right codes…
and they were forced to relocate to Bethal just one month before it was scheduled to start. Thankfully, plenty of people still arrived to groove along to the music, and most were sporting all the trends of the time – including round sunglasses and headbands.
Inspiring a star
Melanie Safka was one of the many names on the headliner’s list at Woodstock ‘69. The musician was captured during her set as she looked out at the thousands of people in the crowd. Amazingly, Melanie’s time at the festival was enough…
to inspire one of her most famous songs to date. ‘Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)’ was all thanks to her time on stage. The weather was a nightmare all weekend, while the candles in the rain refer to the lighters that Melanie could see in the crowd.
Nothing stopped the fans
Although the Beatles were one of the leading faces of music in 1969, they weren’t on the guest list. Apparently, the late John Lennon said that he had been denied a visa to the US and, therefore, couldn’t make it.
However, people later uncovered that it might have been thanks to Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono. Apparently, she was denied access to the festival. They might not have been at Woodstock, but that didn’t stop from people across the US arriving for one of the most memorable weekends of a lifetime.
Feeling the love
Woodstock ‘69 took place for over three days as people arrived to share their love of music. It was almost as though the festival became its own community for the weekend as people brought everything they needed to survive.
Although there were so many people at the festival, there was never any violence throughout the weekend. This woman sure looks as though she’s there to have a good time and enjoy the music. Perhaps it’s time to bring fringe back to the top of the trend list?
Standing out from the crowd
Many of us love to express ourselves through our hair. It turns out that people at Woodstock were already ahead of the times judging by this woman and her neon hair. She was just one of the hundreds of thousands of people that eventually showed.
The organizers initially thought that around 200,000 people would make it to the festival. That was until approximately half a million people were all trying to get a spot inside for the weekend.
Taking it in
One of the greatest things about Woodstock ‘69 is how so many people came together, yet there was no violence or disruptions. It was all about people coming together to enjoy the same thing.
One woman appeared to be taking it all in as she surveyed the area. While she might not be enjoying the music at the time, she certainly fits in with the trend thanks to her flares. It’s not every day we get to see pants so unique.
Many of us might have thought that the likes of Coachella gave birth to the flower headband, but it turns out that others have been showing us how to wear the trend for decades. One couple appeared to be having a good time as they showed off their accessories.
Woodstock had some of the biggest names of the time on the guestlist. However, so many people in the crowd meant that most people never heard a note of music. Instead, they focused on making their own entertainment – like making headbands.
Making the rules
It turns out that most of the people that eventually made it into Woodstock were never supposed to be there in the first place. The organizers were selling tickets before the festival and managed to sell around 186,000 for $7 each before the weekend.
However, they never planned for the sheer number of people that arrived. The fences weren’t strong enough, meaning people eventually took them down and walked in. The organizers had no choice but to let people enter for free.
Fitting the part
One of the great things about the end of the ‘60s was the incredible fashion. Headbands and long hair were all the rage, and it looks as though this woman was showcasing the trends during her time at Woodstock.
It seems like this woman also enjoyed passing the time by getting involved in some of the arts and crafts at the festival. Believe it or not, but some people even built their own shelters for the festival as they left their cars in the traffic and walked to the festival instead.
Rocking the stage
Grace Slick was another name that appeared at Woodstock. The singer performed with her band at the time, Jefferson Airplane. The snap was taken shortly before they took to the stage. It looked as though the stage was about to change the world.
That was until things started going wrong. The organizers had built a doubled-sided stage. While one band was performing to the crowd, another could be warming up on the other side. Then, they would merely turn it around and carry on without interruptions. Sadly, they never accounted for the weight, and the mechanism broke.
Lost in the moment
There are some moments where a picture says 1,000 words. This is one of those times. This woman appeared to be relaxing on the grass as she waited for the next headliner to take to the stage when someone captured the moment.
Amazingly, she wouldn’t have been alone. The farmer that stepped in to host the festival tried to round up his cows before people arrived. However, so many people broke down the fences that the cows got out and ended up walking among the crowd.
Off the radar
The Incredible String Band was a British band that was on the line-up at Woodstock ‘69. Christina McKechnie, known as Licorice, was the singer and songwriter in the group. However, things got a little strange. Licorice apparently visited her family in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1986…
before traveling back to California by the following year. No one has seen her since ‘87. Licorice was last spotted hitchhiking across the Arizona desert. No one has heard anything from the former musician, and her former band members believe that she might have lost her life.
Back in black
One woman seemed to be taking it all in as she looked across the vast crowd of people. There was plenty of time to take in the sights as people were running around trying to sort out the growing issues.
One of the many things that worried organizers was the lack of food. They never expected so many people to arrive and didn’t plan enough food for the weekend, and ended up running out of supplies after just a few hours.
Capturing the moment
So many people in one area enjoying the music and taking a stand against everyone else in the world was enough to draw in plenty of press coverage. Many journalists worked around the clock to make sure they never missed a beat.
Thankfully, they were able to capture some unforgettable moments. Although people have tried to recreate Woodstock over the years, no one has ever lived up to the magic. In fact, 1999’s concert was such a disaster that no one has tried again since.
Time for fun
People would often spend hours stuck in crowds as they tried to get close to the stage. However, most of them never got to see the music and decided to make their own entertainment instead.
Some people started to make their own clothes and sell them to others, while some people began to create sporadic music of their own with any instruments they brought along. It was enough to see people grow into a community for the weekend.
Funding it all
Many of the guests spent the entire weekend laughing and having fun. Little did they know that the organizers were having a tough time trying to get musicians to Woodstock in the first place. It turns out that many artists wanted money upfront as they had no idea if they would get paid.
Some even wanted double their usual fee to play as they were worried that Woodstock would never take off. One of the organizers used his entire trust fund to fund the weekend. The result? They were left in millions of dollars of debt.
All through the night
There was never a dull moment at Woodstock. While people might not have been able to see everyone perform at the festival, they did get to experience some of the most unforgettable moments in music.
Performers ended up taking to the stage hours after they were supposed to start. In fact, some didn’t finish their sets until 6.30 in the morning. It might not have been ideal, but it was a moment in time that no one would ever forget.
A grand adventure
People had to be pretty determined to get into Woodstock. The traffic was enough to clog up the entire town, as thousands of cars all tried to get to the festival. Some reports say the lines were more than 20 miles long.
In the end, busses started to travel back and forward to try and get people to the show. These two women managed to grab a seat on one of the busses and chowed down on grapes as they made their way through the traffic.
So many people in one area meant that the organizers had to think on their feet. Sadly, they had no way of getting enough food for the people. That’s when the army stepped in to help.
To start, many people believed that the forces were there to put a stop to Woodstock. However, it turned out that the army was actually helicoptering in food and medical supplies. They had to fly everything in as the traffic was still too bad to combat.
Walking the grounds
It wasn’t long before the food was enough to see people come together once again. A team of volunteers all created huge pans of food that they dished out for free just to make sure that everyone had something to eat.
These women could have been on their way to get some food, or they might have been looking for the stage. Whatever the case, it seems as though Woodstock was a place for people who loved all fashions judging by their studded belts and fringe.
Keeping the peace
Camping is a time to get back in touch with Mother Nature. However, it can be a little cold when the sun goes down. Thankfully, this woman had a fluffy blanket to keep warm as she waited for the fun to start again.
As if that wasn’t enough, there were plenty of people to keep everyone safe throughout it all. The Hog Farm acted at the ‘Please Force.’ The leader of security would threaten anyone that misbehaved with a spritz of soda and a pie to the face.
Stealing the show
As soon as the rain started, it didn’t stop. It turns out that most of the crowd had gone by Monday morning. The rain had been enough to delay plenty of the acts, meaning just 25,000 people remained at the end.
Jimi Hendrix was the final act to play and finally took to the stage at 9 am on Monday morning. ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ was one of the most iconic moments from Woodstock – and hardly any of the crowds were there to see it.
On her way!
This girl has her bags packed, and is on her way to the most iconic festival in the world! Like the true hippie that she is, she just needs to sell some flowers to pay for her ticket.
It cost $18 to attend the three-day festival back in the day, which doesn’t sound like too much now, but was for young girls like this one. We have a feeling enough people stopped to buy her flowers, so she probably made it there in the end.
Dancing like there’s no tomorrow
A big part of Woodstock was to let all your inhibitions go, forget about your worries and the problems of the world – and just enjoy the music. This girl definitely took that message to heart.
With her hair flowing freely in the wind, her eyes closed and her long skirt whirling around her – she looks to be in a different world. We can’t help but envy her and all the other young people lucky enough to experience this once in a lifetime event.
The girl with the flower crown
We understand why the banjo playing man in the background was so mesmerized by the young woman in front of him. With a beautiful, white flower crown and her serious eyes, she looks like something of an old soul.
Many who attended this magical event back in the ’60s made the most amazing connections, and some even met the love of their lives. Perhaps this flower crown girl and banjo playing boy were two of those lucky ones.
Having a rest
As fun as Woodstock was, it was also pretty intense. Dancing around and singing, and (barely) sleeping in crowded tents for three days straight is exhausting. So this young lady and her boyfriend are taking a little break on the grass, right by the water.
Many people partied a little too hard during Woodstock, but this girl seems to know her limits. She’s smiling despite being tired, and probably went right back to dancing soon after this picture was taken.
An aspiring songbird
Woodstock was first and foremost a festival to celebrate music, peace, and love. So it’s not surprising many aspiring musicians gathered here. Some of the biggest names in music performed on stage, but the audience was also filled with thousands of undiscovered talents who also hoped to make it big one day.
We don’t know the name of this girl, but we sure hope she continued playing the guitar and sing her heart out also after Woodstock.
A beautiful daisy
Pretty much everyone knows hippies loved flowers (hence the saying “flower power”). But not many know this was intimately linked with Woodstock. Daisies grew all over the festival, and quickly became the international symbol of peace during the entire hippie movement.
This touching, genuine picture captures a girl laughing as her partner embraces her. It looks as if he just gave her a perfect, white daisy – and it seems like the two are having the time of their lives.
Frizzy hair, don’t care
Some parts of hippie fashion are still embraced today, many decades after it first started. But certain things are best left in the past. This time we’re not talking about fringe vests or bootleg jeans. We’re talking hair.
This cool Woodstock attendee is pulling off the impossible; she actually manages to look cool and fashionable, despite having hair so frizzy it seems as if birds built a nest in it. Call it the Woodstock magic, but no one today would be able to own this look the way she did.
What are you looking at?
These ladies have it all; youth, beauty, and a sassy attitude! We don’t know who took their picture, but we do have a feeling he got cursed out the second after. Just because the girls at Woodstock were hippies, it doesn’t mean they were always in the mood to smile for the camera.
These two apparently had no desire to cooperate, which makes the picture so much more authentic. Just two tired friends, taking a little break after a little too much partying.
Checking the news
There is a common misconception the people who attended Woodstock were too out of it to pay much attention to anything but dancing and other festival related shenanigans. But in this rare pic, you can actually see two girls looking for a newspaper to read.
A lot was going on in the world at the time of this festival of peace and love, so perhaps they wanted to take a break from the hippie bubble and touch down with reality for a few minutes.
A family picnic
Not all women who came to Woodstock came as singe ladies excited to dance the night away. It was actually more common than one might think for entire families to attend this once in a lifetime event.
These two ladies were not gonna let the fact they had kids stop them from embracing the hippie wave. And we have a feeling these kids had a blast hanging out with their moms, playing in the mud, and dancing to the groovy tunes.