It’s been 50 years since the famous Woodstock music festival took place. From being the world’s largest attended festival to also being a chaos free one, this was surely made to create history. Apart from being a music festival, it also promoted peace and love culture. Here are some more facts about the festival which you didn’t bother to know yet.
The Venue For Woodstock Wasn’t Decided Before
The venue for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was never decided to be Woodstock in New York. The venue went through several changes before settling down to a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel. A farmer lent his dairy farm for the cause of peace and love. The earlier decided venue was Wallkill in New York. The locals pressured the organizers to change the venue with a short notice of just 45 days. This resulted in management problems for the later venue.
Woodstock Witnessed A Shortage Of Food
The festival had a serious scarcity of food. The shortage would be an understatement. The prior problems of changes in venue and overcrowded attendees resulted in completely running out of food. It happened on the very first day of the festival. Thanks to the members of nearby Monticello Jewish Community who gave a helping hand to the festival’s food problem. They managed to make sandwiches using 300 loaves of bread, some pickles and around 50 pounds of meat. It was very useful in meeting the hunger needs of attendants.
The Traffic Jam Made A Record
Approximately eight times the number of people attending showed up at the festival. The outcome of this was a long traffic jam. Long enough to make history. People from all over America gathered, resulting in a long traffic jam on New York thruways. It resulted in many first performances at the Woodstock to be delayed. Some couldn’t even leave the airport. The height of the jam was so much that you can imagine the local radio announcing people not to attend the gathering and prevent a traffic jam.
Bad Experience Of The Only Indian Artist At Woodstock
Pandit Ravi Shankar was the only Indian artist to perform at Woodstock Music Festival. However, he didn’t have a pleasant experience after playing his sitar at the festival. In an interview, he said, the sex and drug culture of the festival was alarming to him. He was also disappointed seeing his student George Harrison misbehaving under the influence of drugs. The crowd of people playing in the mud reminded him of buffaloes in India.
The Effects Of Overcrowd Originally 50000 people were to attend the Woodstock festival. However, around four lakh people attended, and this resulted in serious problems. First is the lack of food supply. People were seen drinking milk directly from the cow. There was also a toilet problem, where there was one toilet per 40 people. It resulted in a gross pile of shit flowing around the toilets.
Apart from all the mismanagements and related problems, the festival went really smoothly. This was surely made to be remembered in the future.