20 Photos From The Woodstock Archives You Might Not Have Seen

The original and iconic Woodstock Music & Art Fair first took place on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, in August 1969.

Yet the festival almost didn’t take place as the local residents didn’t want it to happen, but thankfully farm owner Max Yasgur accepted $10,000 cash up front to let them have a “small” festival on his property.

Over half a million people turned up to the festival that took place from August 15-18, but around 60,000 people had already arrived and set up camp by Wednesday 13th. Though over 100,000 tickets were sold prior to the festival weekend, they became unnecessary as swarms of people descended on the concert grounds to take part in this historic and peaceful happening.

In fact, so many people attended the festival that the roads were clogged for miles (wait until you see the photographic evidence!) and artists had to arrive by helicopter.

The rain may have poured, food may have been sparse and the overall organisation may have been lacking, but there is no doubt that Woodstock has gone down in history as a festival of peace, love and community – which makes the following 44 photos even more incredible to reminisce over.


There was no protection from the elements – here’s the crowd embracing the downpour.


The influx of festival goers attending was so enormous that the resulting traffic jam caused people to abandon their cars and walk to the event.



There were copious amounts of drugs and alcohol but no running water or bathrooms – which posed a big issue at the festival.


People slept wherever they could and many were miserable by the end of Woodstock.