Woodstock ’99 Announced...
30th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair took place in Rome,
New York, from July 22nd through July 25th, 1999. The
site of the Woodstock ’99 Festival was the former Griffiss Air Force
base, a picturesque location at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains.
show was held at the 3,600 acre Griffiss Park, formerly an Air Force
Base in Rome, NY, 50 minutes west of Albany, not far from Syracuse.
Promoters for the event were Michael Lang, John Scher and Ossie Killkenny.
"Every generation deserves its own Woodstock," said Scher. "It brings
together people from all over the country and the world to celebrate
the spirit of the original event as well as the spirit and the music
of the moment."
addition to two main stages with simultaneous entertainment, there
was an arts village, a film festival, experimental theater, concessions
village, beer gardens, ecology displays, craft demos, technology parks,
video walls and wee hour raves. The line-up of Woodstock talent was
impressive. Click here
for bands/artists list.
roster was a good mixture of the current wave of top artists, as well
as fresh spirit and social consciousness - of particular importance
to the Woodstock organizers. It was as ambitious as the original.
The ambition lie not only in the massive size of the eclectic roster
or the size of the crowd, approximately 250,000, but in the message
and spirit it strove to impart.
isn't just a concert, it's a rite of passage," says Michael Lang,
producer of the original fest as well as the '94 event. "Woodstock
has become the Olympics of music festivals -- so that every five years
we can step out of ourselves and celebrate diversity, people and great
music." "Woodstock isn't a place, it's a state of mind," note organizers.
a fair-sized city with its own hospital, utilities systems, transportation,
fire, communications and of course security, which will have five
sub-stations manned by 2,800 security personnel. A 12-foot, mural-covered
commemorative "Woodstock Wall" enclosed the entire concert grounds
to help keep out the determined fence-shredding gate-crashers of '94.
were 3.6 million gallons of drinking water, with 800 "Family of Woodstock"
staff members roaming the grounds and providing information and quick
response services. 2,000 portable toilets to facilitate the masses
as well as comics who will need material about the media event of
1999 festival was expected to pump some $30 million into the region's
economy, which should please the locals like it did most of the townsfolk
in Saugerties, NY, where the '94 fest was held. ''We've had a business
here for 35 years and we'd been holding on by the skin of our teeth,''
said Saugerties hotel owner Fran Farber at the time. ''The festival
saved us from bankruptcy.''
NYC police chief of transportation Kenneth Donohue, who will lead
the security staff, said "The main differences between '94 and this
show are: first, we have much better control of ticketing and admissions;
second, the venue's existing structure will add to the show and the
fence will prevent gate crashing and third, the organizational structure
is much more efficient. The producers wanted me to 'spare no expense'
to make sure the event was safe and as well-run as possible."
and ticket/transportation were available from Ticketmaster outlets
in the Northeast U.S.
The 1994 25th Anniversary Woodstock festival
took place in Saugerties, New York. And, while organizers had planned
to return this year, Rome proved to be a more suitable site. "We were
seriously exploring the possibility of returning to Saugerties," explained
Woodstock founder and producer Michael Lang. "but because of certain
time constraints and logistics we’ve decided that Rome would be the
year’s festival captured all the spirit and excitement that made the
two previous Woodstock festivals the defining events of their generations.
Musically it will be nothing short of amazing," added co-producer
John Scher of the Metropolitan Entertainment Group.
Executive Ralph Eannace and Rome Mayor Joseph A. Griffo said that
Woodstock ’99 offers the Mohawk Valley an unprecedented opportunity.
Griffo said, "We are very excited about hosting the world’s most famous
music festival and look forward to the substantial economic and cultural
boost it will give our community. We are confident that we can work
together with the producers for a successful event."
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