What was originally planned as a fund raising event for a music studio, eventually turned out to be more than that. Woodstock had more meaning that just being a fundraiser. It was one of those historic events where people came together for peace, unity, and love -- this was made all possible by music.
Over 400,000 people were at the gate. Not everyone had tickets though. Those that didn't have tickets simply made their way through gaps of the fences. Well, the venue was huge and there was no way to control the people getting on. So eventually, organizers decided to make Woodstock free for everyone. It was after all, for a greater cause. Yes, that's why there was more or less 400,000 people.
Actually, the 400,000 is just an estimate. No one really knows the exact number of attendees. There could've been more.
You've got the biggest names playing at Woodstock. Richie Havens opened it, Swami Satchidananda, Joan Baez, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, Sha Na Na, and of course Jimi Hendrix to name a few. Just to see performances, most of the audience stayed on top of their cars. Mind you, it was a rainy weekend.
Woodstock ran for 4 days. Mind you, it was a rainy weekend, which is why the audience got creative and resourceful. Not only were there tents, some even made their own viewing decks and tiny huts.
Things like this wooden structure were among the many made by people who attended Woodstock. Could you just imagine how Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm looked before, during, and after the event? As you can see, Woodstock was a league of its own. Not only did it have tents pitched but it had all sorts of structures built!
Woodstock was such a historic event. It was open to anyone who wanted to attend. Back in the days, it seems like some parents felt that bringing their children along to witness such moments in history was a good idea.
But the craziness doesn't just stop there. There were actually "Woodstock babies". Yes, babies were reportedly born during the festival itself. This was confirmed by the concert's medical director. There were two births during Woodstock, one was at a local hospital after the mother was flown out by helicopter; the other in a car caught in the epic traffic jam outside the site crowded with more than 400,000 people.
Woodstock wasn't just a fundraiser, it was just about the campaign for peace, or for the love of music. The festival was also a celebration of respecting one another's form of expression. It was literally anything goes at Woodstock.
Self-expression was highly respected at the festival. Yup, even what you wear. You literally just be yourself and come as how you want. Fashion was also was one of the notable things during the festival.
Obviously, frills and fringes and other boho and hippie inspired outfits worn at modern day festivals like Coachella and Tomorrowland were all Woodstock inspired. Would you agree?
Likewise, nudity wasn't something new at a concert. But well, back in those days maybe it was. Reports say that tons of jeans and shirts were found scattered around the concert venue. So yeah, most likely these people took off their shirts (or pants) and threw them while banging their heads and dancing to the music.
Oh, did you know that weren't any official Woodstock merchandise sold at the venue or anywhere for the matter? Yes, the organizers didn't have any souvenir items for sale. Well the only official souvenir was the 8-1/2 x 11 festival program itself. Sadly, most of the copies weren't even given out to the crowd.
Of course, the members of the production staff were given official Woodstock shirts by Woodstock Ventures. Some of the staff and crew even made money off their used shirts!
As we know, Woodstock was all about self-expression and respect. Apparently, there were also lots of entrepreneurs there. So kudos to those highly enterprising concert goers who took advantage of the gig and sold unofficial merchandise, and made a fortune out of it.
It was for four days straight and given the traffic, do you think that people would actually drive home in between performances? Nope, they didn't! It was literally sleep wherever you feel comfy.
The guys of Woodstock Ventures admitted in an interview with Esquire that they did not foresee Woodstock to be that big. This totally explains why facilities at the event were not enough. Apart from portable toilets being a problem for the crowd, sleeping areas became a problem too.
It's a big music festival. It's huge concert. Of course, there was beer and lots of it. That's probably why most people didn't mind that the facilities at the venue were not that conducive for sleeping. Yes, they slept wherever and even it was raining during that weekend.