The Woodstock Festival of Music and Art, informally known as Woodstock Festival, is presumably one of the most famous cultural events in human history. The biggest music fans and artists would know about it as the absolute most famous occasion in the field of music.
The celebration, between August 15 and August 17, 1969, on a dairy ranch in Bethel, New York, was a 3-day concert (it overflowed to 4 days) of rock, people, blues, jazz, and psych-rock music.
Are you wondering why a simple music festival created such a stir? Since music festivals are such common events in the present day and age. There are many reasons why the Woodstock festival is so famous. However, the two most significant reasons are the performers and the crowd.
Line-Up At The Woodstock Festival
The festival had an amazingly talented line-up. The Who, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson, and Airplane were only some of them.
These are commonly recognized names and legends throughout the entire music world. With the most popular artists performing, word spread out and fans from everywhere throughout the nation headed towards the celebration.
The expected footfall was around 200,000 individuals however around 500,000 appeared for the celebration. That certainly seems like a hazardous circumstance where things can go out of control easily.
Turn Out At The Woodstock Festival
Even though 500,000 people turned up for the celebration, it was one of the most serene and peaceful social affairs. The crowd helped each other as they conquered terrible climate conditions, helped other people who were still coming in since all the streets were obstructed by congested roads for many miles. Yet, throughout the 4 days, there was no disruption or any problems within the crowd.
The calm and considerate nature of the crowd who turned up exposed the radical nature of hippie culture to the American press.
Problems Faced At The Festival
In spite of the massive success and its social importance that it still holds today, the Woodstock festival did have its deficiencies and glitches.
To begin with, the 4 key coordinators – Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenham, and Arthur Kornfeld – were not fully in agreement about a few critical arrangements.
When You Don’t Have A Venue
A month prior to the festival, they were informed that they could no longer conduct the festival at the first planned venue. This left the coordinators in a ghastly state.
The enormous turn up for the event meant that they couldn’t even make it a free show since the expenditure for the festival was simply too large.
They had next to no opportunity to plan so there were no barriers between the sections of show-goers and the entry. Also, the massive inflow of the crowd caused a lack of food supplies and water supplies and created sanitation issues for the audience.
From an occasion coordinator, these are the careful ‘what if’s’ and bad dreams of everything that could turn out badly at a big event.
Careful management is at the core of any big event planning project. So there is a lot one can gain from a music festival of this scale.