Netflix’s latest documentary Trainwreck: Woodstock 99 sheds light on the disastrous festival which took place just before the millennium.
The three-part limited series delves into the disaster, which was held in New York from July 22nd to July 25th 1999 and aimed to recreate the original Woodstock festival of 1969.
However, it has gone down as one of the worst music events of all time due to difficult environmental conditions, huge amounts of violence, sexual assault, theft, vandalism and fires.
The Netflix show uses archival footage and interviews to detail exactly what happened during the weekend, and many are shocked by the catastrophic events.
One thing everyone wants to know is, how many people were in attendance at Woodstock 99? Read on to find out…
How many people were at Woodstock 99?
400,000 people attended Woodstock 99 over the three-day weekend.
Speaking about Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99, director Jamie Crawford said: “400,000 people were there and four million people will tell you they were there.”
That’s because the festival was a complete disaster and anyone who attended the car-crash event will never forget it.
“I don’t think anybody going into Woodstock ’99 wanted it to be a disaster,” he continued. However, it unfortunately turned out to be riddled with problems.
“They all aspired to recreate the utopian magic of the original Woodstock, but in many ways that lightning in a bottle didn’t really exist.”
The New York festival was a disaster
“Woodstock ‘99 was supposed to be a millennium-defining celebration of peace, love and great music,” the Netflix documentary’s description said.
“Instead, the festival degenerated into an epic trainwreck of fires, riots and destruction,” it continues, before describing the weekend as “three days of utter chaos”.
The disaster started with the fact that due to recent storms, the whole festival site was full of thick mud. Along with that, the temperature was really hot and food and drink prices were really high.
Sadly, as reported by Pitchfork, three people died over the weekend, and there were also 1,200 admissions to onsite medical facilities.
As well as that, there were 44 arrests, many accounts of sexual assault and a huge fire on the final night after a Mercedes car went up in flames.
It was supposed to be a huge success
Tickets to the festival cost $150 for the weekend, which was seen as a little costly at the time, but many were happy to pay it due to the incredible lineup.
Jamiroquai, Sheryl Crow, Metallica, Limp Bizkit and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were just a few of the amazing artists who performed.
The event, which was held at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York, was supposed to recreate the first ever Woodstock festival in 1969.
Held from from August 15th to August 18th 1999 in Bethel, New York, it was billed as “three days of peace and music” and unlike the 1999 festival, it was exactly that.
32 acts performed, including Jimi Hendrix and The Who, and a successful documentary film was made about it in 1970 which featured a soundtrack written by Joni Mitchell.
Unfortunately, the 1999 event was far from the utopia of 1969, and no Woodstock festivals have been held since.
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