Woodstock ’99 was supposed to be nu metal’s crowning moment. Instead, it was an epic clusterf**k

Metal Hammer

Woodstock ’99 was meant to be the greatest festival of its generation. A quarter of a million people gathering in a disused air base in Rome, New York, for three days to watch the era’s biggest bands and artists. The idea was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Woodstock, arguably the most famous music festival ever. But today, this car-crash of an event is remembered as one of the most disastrous festivals ever.

“I don’t think anybody going into Woodstock ’99 wanted it to be a disaster,” says Jamie Crawford, director of Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 (opens in new tab), a new three-part Netflix documentary on the festival. “They all aspired to recreate the utopian magic of the original Woodstock, but in many ways that lightning in a bottle didn’t really exist. The image that many of us have of Woodstock, we take from the movie [Michael Wadleigh’s 1970 documentary]. 400,000 people were there and four million people will tell you they were there.”


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