On August 15, 1969, hordes of music fans flocked to the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in upstate New York. Many of whom arrived way before the event even got started in anticipation of seeing acts like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Who, Jefferson’s Airplane, and more.
Last-minute changes by the organizers, including the location, left no time to build sufficient fences or ticket booths. Word spread quickly that it had suddenly become a free concert, and it didn’t take long for even more people to show up.
Now 50 years later, we still can’t help but be in awe of the epic event. For those three days, roughly a million people created their own little world filled with near-constant musical performances and an overall atmosphere of peace and love.
Take a look below to see some rare glimpses and iconic moments from the original Woodstock Festival!