Woodstock '94 poster design
|Genre|| Rock, EDM and folk, including|
grunge, alt-rock, metal,
EDM, blues rock, folk rock,
jazz fusion, hard rock, world music, latin rock.
|Dates||August 12–14, 1994|
|Location(s)|| Saugerties, New York,|
New York, U.S.
|Years active||1994. 24 years ago|
original event: 1969
1979, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2009, 2019
|Founded by|| Michael Lang, John P. Roberts,|
Joel Rosenman, (Woodstock ventures)
|Website||The Woodstock Festivals|
Woodstock '94 was an American music festival held in 1994 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival of 1969. It was promoted as "2 More Days of Peace and Music". The poster used to promote the first concert was revised to feature two doves perched on the neck of an electric guitar, instead of the original acoustic one.
A music festival is a community event oriented towards live performances of singing and instrument playing that is often presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday.
Woodstock was a music festival held between August 15–18, 1969, which attracted an audience of more than 400,000. Billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", it was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, 43 miles (70 km) southwest of Woodstock. It was also referred to alternatively, on occasion, as the "Bethel Rock Festival" given its location in the Town of Bethel, New York, or the "Aquarian Music Festival".
The 1994 concert was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14,with a third day (Friday, August 12) added later. Tickets to the festival cost $135 each. The weather was rainy that weekend, and by Saturday much of the field had turned into mud.
The event took place on Winston Farm in Saugerties, New York, about 100 miles (160 km) north of New York City. The site is 70 miles (110 km) northeast of the original 1969 festival site.
Though only 164,000 tickets were sold,the crowd at Woodstock '94 was estimated at 550,000. The size of the crowd was larger than concert organizers had planned for and by the second night many of the event policies were logistically unenforceable. The major issues related to security, when attendees arrived, left or returned to the site, and the official concert food-beverage-vendor policy initially restricting attendees from entering with supplies of food, drinks and above all, alcohol. With the concert site mostly enclosed by simple chain link fences, there was hardly any difficulty for many attendees to enter freely along with carrying beer and other banned items. The security staff, along with the entrance and exit staff, could not continue reasonable monitoring of increasingly vast numbers entering, exiting, inspecting, while at the same time maintaining safety, security and peaceful atmosphere.
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