THE ICE?!?! That must have been one hell of a drink!!!

August 12, 2019

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Fifty years ago, an estimated 400,000 spectators attended Woodstock, in Bethel, New York, from August 15-18.

To commemorate the historic music festival, here's a list of 12 wild facts about the event which include:

  • Woodstock was banned from its original site because of toilets - The original site of the festival was intended to be at Howard Mills Industrial Park in Wallkill, near Middletown, New York. But by insisting the concert's portable toilets weren't up to code and refusing to grant a permit, the city of Wallkill effectively banned Woodstock from taking place.
  • Woodstock was saved by a farmer - When Wallkill fell through, promoters turned to Bethel, New York, a small town with just 2366 residents where a farmer named Max Yasgur owned a 600-acre dairy farm.
  • Woodstock wasn’t meant to be a free concert- With no practical way of turning away crowds, the partners decided to make it a free event for people who had not purchased one of the 100,000 tickets that had been pre-sold. Of the 400,000 who ultimately attended, 300,000 were never charged an admission fee.
  • Many cows were in attendance -Yasgur's farm was a functioning site of business, which meant that the incoming crowds were going to be displacing the cattle usually present on site.
  • Jimi Hendrix was paid $18,000 to perform - Creedence Clearwater Revival, the first act booked, received $10,000. The Who received $6,250 and Joe Cocker made a relatively paltry $1,375. Sha Na Na got $750, while Quill was the most economic booking at $375.
  • Woodstock’s musical acts had to be helicoptered in - The traffic leading into the event was so awful that Sweetwater, which was due to open the festival, didn't make their scheduled start. The band was airlifted to the grounds by helicopter so they could go on second. A number of other performers also traveled by air to circumvent the traffic issues.
  • Even the Ice had acid in it - the Who's John Entwistle told Billboard that he decided to drink a bourbon and Coke and realized that someone had spiked the ice with acid.



Imagine all the crazy things that would have happened if they could have gotten WOODSTOCK 50 together! DAMN!!