The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival held on a 600-acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Thirty-two acts performed during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone 's "50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll".
The musical artists who performed at Woodstock and the songs that they played are listed below.
The first day officially began at 5:07 p.m. with Richie Havens and featured folk artists.
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
8:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. (time disputed)
12:00 a.m. – 12:45 a.m. (His performance totaled over 42 minutes, partially during a rainstorm)
1:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
1:45 a.m. – 2:15 a.m.
3:00 a.m. – 3:45 a.m.
The day opened at 1:20 p.m. and featured some of the event's psychedelic and guitar rock headliners.
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (unscheduled performance;day/time disputed )
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. (unscheduled performance;day/time disputed )
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
10:30 p.m. – 12:05 a.m.
12:30 a.m. – 1:20 a.m.
2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
3:30 a.m. – 4:20 a.m.
5:00 a.m. – 6:05 a.m.; set included most of Tommy
8:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
2:00 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
After Cocker's set, a thunderstorm disrupted the events for a few hours.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
10:00 p.m. – 10:50 p.m.
12:00 a.m. – 1:05 a.m.;
1:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m., with separate acoustic and electric sets.
This was just the band's second performance together.Neil Young skipped most of the acoustic set (the exceptions being his compositions "Mr. Soul" and "Wonderin'") and joined Crosby, Stills and Nash during the electric set, but refused to be filmed. Young felt the filming was distracting both performers and audience from the music. As a result, Young's name was dropped in the concert film and on its soundtrack (though his name is included in Chip Monck's introduction of the band in the film). Despite Young's refusal, footage does exist of him performing "Mr. Soul" and "Long Time Gone". The "Mr. Soul" performance can be found as an Easter egg on his The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972 box set, but because of Young's resistance to being filmed, during much of the performance the camera remains focused on Stills. The version of Young's "Sea of Madness" on the Woodstock soundtrack album was actually recorded at a Fillmore East concert, one month after the festival. According to legend, Stephen Stills demanded the replacement because the Woodstock version was substandard. The original recording finally saw release on 2019's Woodstock – Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive .
6:00 a.m. – 6:45 a.m.
This set was released on an album titled Paul Butterfield Live In White Lake, N.Y. 8/18/69.
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
After being introduced as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix corrected his temporary group's name to "Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, for short it's nothin' but a band of gypsies." Later during the set he introduced them as "Sky Church". The band performed with Hendrix just twice after Woodstock.
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