Posted on Thu 15 September 2016



  1. The historic festival didn’t actually take place in Woodstock, but at a hay field owned by a dairy farm in a smalltown called Bethel, 43 miles away from the New York town.


  1. The farmer who rented his land, Max Yasgur, was ostracised and sued by his neighbours for property damage in the aftermath (though he got compensated for the far more serious damages done to his farm!). While he never regretted his decision, he refused to rent out his farmland again for a 1970s revival.


  1. Due to the hay field being a late venue change, festival organisers did not have enough time to fence and ticket the arena. The event was free to its 400,000 attendees.


  1. Rumoured acts that never showed up included The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Those who turned down playing included The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Iron Butterfly were scheduled to appear, but got stuck at an airport.


  1. Several attempts to prevent people from visiting the site include spreading chicken manure on one of the anniversaries, and making a police car and tractor roadblock on another. Since then, however, the town of Bethel have embraced the festival .


  1. The site of the festival had a plaque commemorating it in 1984 and the Bethel Woods Center of the Arts in 2006. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at the center 37 years after their Woodstock performance and Richie Haven, who opened Woodstock, had his ashes scattered on the site in 2013.


  1. Joan Baez was six months pregnant when she performed on the opening night.


  1. People loved the festival so much that it went on an extra day despite no actual gigs being booked!


  1. Namesake events for the festival were held in 1979, 1989, 1994, the infamous 1999 event, and 2009.


  1. The documentary filmed at the event, Woodstock, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1970.One of the film’s seven editors was an early in his career Martin Scorsese


  1. Woodstock’s director was Martin Wadleigh, whose only non-Woodstock related director credit is Wolfen, a dreamlike horror crime movie 1971 starring Albert Finney.


  1. Time Magazine once heralded Woodstock as “the greatest peaceful event in history”