1969 revisited: all you need is a cool dollars 135
Thursday 28 July 1994
The problem was all in the name. The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, to use its full title, of 15-17 August, 1969, was to have been held near the artists' colony of Woodstock in the foothills of the Catskills mountains, where summer festivals had been held since 1915. But no site was big enough for the 1969 version. Eventually it took place near Bethel, 75 miles to the south- west. The rest, as they say, was history - until this year.
The silver anniversary of the defining moment of the 1960s counter-culture was obviously far too big to ignore. Equally predictably, two contenders entered the lists, each claiming the magical Woodstock name. One was 'Woodstock 94' with the legal rights to the title and whose mega- show featuring Bob Dylan, Soul Asylum and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is scheduled for 12-14 August at the small town of Saugerties near Woodstock, where the 1969 carnival was intended.
The other production, more modest but featuring Richie Havens, Melanie and other performers from a quarter of a century ago, will take place at Bethel. Not unreasonably, it too, called itself Woodstock - at least, until yesterday. Faced with a dollars 20m ( pounds 13m) lawsuit from Woodstock 94, the Bethel organisers have agreed to drop all reference to the original and to call themselves simply 'Bethel 94'. Their leader, Sidney Bernstein, now promises 'a festival of civility and love'.
Woodstock 1969 was a rain- sodden, drug-drenched romp, where tickets cost dollars 8 but few of the half million who turned up bothered to pay.
'Woodstock 94' will cost dollars 30m but attract only 250,000 at best. There will be automatic cash machines plus a special cellular phone network for yuppies to keep up with Wall Street. Tickets are dollars 135 each. But the organisers say they will only break even through franchising, movie rights, and pay-per-view television at dollars 35 a time.
- 4 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
- 5 New Tricks: Dennis Waterman to leave the show after a decade of crime-solving
Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Ice Bucket Challenge: US firefighter Tony Grider dies after participating in charity craze near power lines
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
£70000 - £80000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group Head of Marketing and Communic...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Level 3 Nursery Nurse required for ...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: L3 Nursery Nurses urgently required...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: We have a number of schools based S...