How Many People Died at Woodstock 1999?

February 27, 2024

How many people died at woodstock 1999

When the Red Hot Chili Peppers blasted their cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” during their festival-closing set, it was meant as a tribute to the guitarist’s legendary performance at the original 1969 Woodstock music festival. Instead, the song became the flint that ignited a firestorm of disorder that left the New York site in Rome, NY in ruins. Bonfires were started, vendors’ trailers and merch tents burned, and vehicles were overturned and looted.

The chaos began with a hot and humid weekend in which concertgoers faced extreme heat and a lack of water. Access to bottled water was restricted by long waits at water fountains and the prices of Gatorade and other drinks increased as demand rose. According to The Baltimore Sun, there were more than 1,200 onsite medical admissions for heat exhaustion. Trench mouth — a gum infection that can lead to bleeding, swelling and ulcers – was also rife on the site thanks to sewage leaking into drinking water and shower facilities.

As violence and fires erupted, concertgoers were ejected from vehicles by police in an attempt to get away from the site. Insane Clown Posse created a stir during their set by throwing $100 bills into the crowd and watching them trample each other for a good time.

The event was eventually halted for safety reasons, but the damage was done. The trainwreck that was Woodstock ’99 revealed the dangers of hippie idealism and the dark side of rock and roll.


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