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Wadena Festival 1970 - Iowa's Woodstock

Wadena Festival 1970 - Iowa's Woodstock

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Wadena Festival 1970. They called it Iowa's Woodstock. Of course they did. Every state seemed to call its 1970 festival its Woodstock. It wasn't. This festival was initially supposed to be held in Galena, Illinois, but an injunction against Sound Storm Enterprises Inc of Chicago, sponsor of the festival, put a stop to that. The [...]
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Isle of Wight and Atlanta Pop Festival - Triple Live Album

Isle of Wight and Atlanta Pop Festival - Triple Live Album

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This is a great triple live album. released in 1971 it serves as a great sampler for the bands of that era which regularly played on the festival circuit. With4 sides recorded at Isle of Wight and2 at Atlanta, the breadth of music from folk to crushing heavy rock, is amazing. At the time it [...]
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Monterey Pop Festival

Monterey Pop Festival

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. Crowd estimates for the festival ranged from 50,000-90,000 people, who congregated in and around the festival grounds. The fairgrounds' performance arena, where the music took place, normally had a [...]
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Woodstock - A Dream Goes On Forever

Authored By Johnny Blogger
CHAPTER ONE If you've seen the Woodstock movie, you'll have seen Michael Lang, one of the guys who helped put Woodstock on. A forever hipster riding a horse or a motorbike, with wild hair and one of those beatific smiles that suggest he's permanently stoned. In 1969 he seemed like a new type of business [...]
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Palm Beach Pop Festival 1969

Palm Beach Pop Festival 1969

The event was both the first and the last held in Palm Beach. It drew 40,000 people to the 149-acre Palm Beach International Speedway. As was typical, local officials worried about health, sanitation and traffic, and were mortified by images of drugs and sex they'd seen three months earlier at Woodstock. Local opposition was immediate [...]
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Phun City, Ecclesden Common 1970

Phun City, Ecclesden Common 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Phun City was a rock festival held at Ecclesden Common near Worthing, England from July 24 to July 26, 1970. Excluding the one-day free concerts in London's Hyde Park, Phun City became the first large-scale free festival in the UK. An early advert for the festival was typically alternative and typically sexist. Phun City is [...]
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Big Rock Pow-Wow '69

Big Rock Pow-Wow '69

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Big Rock Pow-Wow '69 took place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 23, 24, and 25, 1969, at the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation in West Hollywood, Florida. Other artists who performed at the festival included Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter, Sweetwater, Joe South, Aum, NRBQ, Rhinoceros, Muddy Waters, and the Youngbloods. A band called Sun Countryplayed [...]
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Man-Pop Festival - Winnipeg 1970

Man-Pop Festival - Winnipeg 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
On August 29, Man-Pop Festival - Winnipeg 1970, one of Winnipeg's first outdoor rock festivals, took place at the Winnipeg Stadium. ManPop was part of the youth festivities for the Manitoba Centennial celebrations. Concerts had been held across province all summer long and Man-Pop was the grand finale. The Centennial Corporation budgeted $230,000 for the [...]
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Kickapoo Creek Music Festival, Heyworth, Illinois 1970

Kickapoo Creek Music Festival, Heyworth, Illinois 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This was Illinois's hilariously named version of Woodstock. It angered The Man, it frightened the local townsfolk and it had the local clergy declare it an embodiment of evil. Sounds cool, right? The bands who played included BB King, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, Delaney and Bonnie, Butterfield Blues Band, Rick Nielsen and [...]
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Vancouver Pop Festival 1969

Vancouver Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Vancouver Pop Festival 1969 was a rain-drenched festival held across three days at the Paradise Valley Resort in Squamish, British Columbia, a 90 minute drive north of Vancouver. Held a week after Woodstock, this was one of those gatherings which began to hammer the nails into the coffin of the counterculture dream. It was [...]
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Los Angeles Pop Festival 1968

Los Angeles Pop Festival 1968

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Los Angeles Pop Festival was held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California. The dates of the festival were December 22 and 23, 1968. It was also called a Christmas Happening. Despite extensive research I can't find out much about this gig. It was one of the earliest to be held in a [...]
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Northern California Folk-Rock Festival 1969

Northern California Folk-Rock Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Northern California Folk-Rock Festival was a music festival held at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California on May 23-25, 1969. A year earlier, the first festival held here had ended in a drug-fuelled mess with 1000s of people out of their minds on industrial strength PCP. So it was lucky to get [...]
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Toronto Rock n Roll Revival 1969

Toronto Rock n Roll Revival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival was held at Varsity Stadium, at the University of Toronto, to an audience of over 20,000. The originally listed performers for the festival were local band Whiskey Howl, Bo Diddley, Chicago, Junior Walker and the All Stars, Tony Joe White, Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Cat Mother and the All [...]
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Strawberry Fields Festival - Ontario 1970

Strawberry Fields Festival - Ontario 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Strawberry Fields Festival was held at Mosport Park Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, about 70 miles east of Toronto, between August 7 and the early morning hours of August 10, 1970. Although accounts vary, the audience has been estimated at between 75,000 and 100,000 people. Initially, the promoters put forward plans to host a [...]
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Ozark Music Festival 1974

Ozark Music Festival 1974

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Have you heard of the Ozark Music Festival held in 1974 at Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri? Unless you're local to the area, probably not. Other, less well-attended festivals have had more prominence in rock culture and history but this three day gig attracted up to 350,000 people and is commonly agreed to being [...]
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