the stage was at the corner of Hurd Road & W. Shore Road, Bethel, NY.
August 15 – 18, 1969
The three day music and arts fair was not actually in Woodstock, NY but Bethel, NY. Initially scheduled to take place in Woodstock until town residents immediately opposed the festival, dairy farmer Max Yasgur offered his farm in nearby Bethel. Tickets to the festival were sold for $18 and around 186,000 advance tickets sold. With the crowd arriving in greater numbers and sooner than anticipated, festival organizers decided to cut the fence down to allow everybody in. An estimated 500,000 fans showed up and caused massive traffic jams. The attendees found themselves battling bad weather, shortage of food and poor sanitation. Several acts performed over the three days including the Grateful Dead, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and most famously, Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner.
Today, the field sits mostly preserved and a plaque sits on the site near where the stage was. Nearby is the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts where concerts take place to this day.
- Woodstock – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
- With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker
- Star Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix
- Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- We’re Not Gonna Take It – The Who