Music | May 21, 2019 12:21 pm

There Were Plenty of Music Festivals in ’69 That Weren’t Woodstock

Tyler Wilcox of Pitchfork has rounded up six of 'em

Hippies dancing at The Isle of Wight Festival in 1969. (Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix via Getty)
Hippies dancing at The Isle of Wight Festival in 1969. (Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix via Getty)
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Thanks to the numerous films, books and albums that have been released documenting it, everyone knows that Woodstock took place over three days during the summer of ’69.

But the “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music” was not the only music festival to take place that summer.

To showcase that there were other fish in the music festival sea that summer, Pitchfork’s Tyler Wilcox has compiled a list of six additional festivals that took that summer which includes live video clips of artists performing.

You’ve got Jimi Hendrix at Denver Pop Festival (June 27-29), Miles Davis at Newport Jazz Festival (July 3-6), Led Zeppelin at Atlanta Pop Festival (July 4-5), Grand Funk at Texas Inter-Pop Festival (August 30-September 1) and an assortment of artists at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival (September 13).

There’s also footage of Bob Dylan and the Beatles at the Isle Of Wight (August 29-31).

“Woodstock was far from the only mega-festival to take place in the summer of ’69 — and it was far from the best, perhaps just the best documented,” Wilcox writes.

See the full list and the video clips here.

As for the upcoming Woodstock 50 anniversary festival, it’s been off and been back on, so we’re still not sure if it’s happening or not.

Regardless, Woodstock 50 claims it will announce the date that tickets will go on sale soon.

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