On paper, Woodstock ’99 looked like a showcase event for the music world, 30 years after the original iconic celebration of peace, love and music. But by the end of the weekend, a path of destruction and reports of sexual assault grabbed the headlines and required a change for the festivals to move forward. The chaotic Woodstock ’99 festival is at the center of a new HBO Max documentary airing on July 23, with the trailer for Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage available to view below.
After a pre-show night on Thursday, the majority of the festivities kicked off on Friday July 23, 1999 with the emerging aggressiveness of nu metal bands scoring the weekend. Korn, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Godsmack, Kid Rock, Insane Clown Posse, Sevendust and more joined a bill that also included Metallica, Megadeth, Creed, The Offspring, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews Band, Bush, Sheryl Crow, DMX, The Chemical Brothers, George Clinton and Ice Cube among others.
But, as the trailer points out, a number of factors led to possible riots that occurred late in the festival weekend. Excessive heat and humidity tormented festival-goers as the venue’s grounds, a former airstrip, were stripped of many of its trees and the heat radiating from the concrete. High vendor prices, including water at $ 4 a bottle, hit the wallets of festival-goers particularly hard. In addition, the non-functional porta-potties also made the conditions unsettling for concert attendees.
During Limp Bizkit’s set, fans began ripping plywood off the walls to ride the crowds, which sparked some of the destruction over the weekend. As things got more and more unruly, the audience started throwing water bottles and other projectiles towards the stage. And to close the festival, as the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed, a group of peace promoters handed out candles to be used as a vigil during “Under the Bridge,” but instead helped set off a number of fires. of joy. On the ground.
The new documentary, directed by Garret Price and produced by Bill Simmons, takes a closer look at the events that occurred, giving voice to organizers Michael Lang and John Scher as well as some of the artists who performed as they revisit their tales of what happened.
Check out the trailer below for the documentary which will begin airing on HBO Max on July 23, 22 years after the festival’s opening day.
Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage Trailer
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