Published today 17:02
(updated today 17:04)
The legendary Woodstock took place in 1969 and is celebrated at the same venue over the weekend – but with significantly fewer visitors than the 400,000 who attended the festival when it started.
Thousands of visitors dressed in hippie-inspired clothing and flowers in their hair have traveled to the venue where the Woodstock Festival took place on 15-18. August 1969, and reminded that it was celebrated with a series of concerts over the weekend.
However, the famous Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival, presented as a major venture with names like Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus, was canceled just a few weeks ago. The message did not come completely unexpected as the festival has been hit by setbacks yet since it was first announced.
The Reuters news agency reports that a number of different events around Woodstock have gone away nonetheless. Visitors have been able to buy tickets for a mini festival at Yasgur Farm, the farm which was part of the festival area. In the nearby town of Bethel, artists like Arlo Guthrie, who played at Woodstock in 1969, and Ringo Starr have given concerts inside the city's cinema.
The Reuters news agency has a reporter in place this weekend reporting that modern visitors need to pass a metal detector to enter and then use indoor toilets, which was not possible in the area in 1969. The 400,000 visitors caused some chaos.
-Everything that could go wrong went wrong. But then it was still right. We were filled with a kind of divine happiness, says visitor Duke Devlin, 77, who traveled to Woodstock from Texas.
Many of the visitors of the Jubilee weekend are veterans of the first Woodstock, but even younger people with a lack of flair in the 1960s music and children's families have been spotted in the area. Saturday and Sunday play Santana and John Fogerty, who also appeared on Woodstock 50 years ago.
Ann Edliden / TT