The Woolf Music II festival

Thankfully, we live in a time where psychedelic music festivals are held annually everywhere from Saigon to Milwaukee, but I believe that none of these, nor the eclectic line ups of the infamous All Tomorrow’s Parties and I’ll Be Your Mirror festivals, if it weren’t for the Terrastock festivals. From 1997 to 2008, the festivals wereContinue reading “The Woolf Music II festival”

(Final) Festival Friday- Honorable Mentions

  It’s finally September 1st, so that means that the summer season is finally at a close and so is Festival Fridays. From gigs that failed so hard that they didn’t even happen to performances that would end up being highlights of some artists’ career, I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about some of theContinue reading “(Final) Festival Friday- Honorable Mentions”

Festival Friday: The Glastonbury Fayre 1971

While the Glastonbury Festival is certainly not an overlooked event by any means, its origins have become somewhat obscured over the years. After the success of the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival in 1970, promoters Andrew Kerr and Michael Eavis and their team decided to hold a free festival in 1971, then called theContinue reading “Festival Friday: The Glastonbury Fayre 1971”

Festival Friday: The Stones in Hyde Park 1969

Stones in The Park In what is definitely the shortest festival that we’ve covered here, The Stones in The Park was a one-day free event at Hyde Park on July 5th, 1969 that featured many progressive rock groups like King Crimson, Third Ear Band and Family as well as of course, The Rolling Stones. HydeContinue reading “Festival Friday: The Stones in Hyde Park 1969”

Festival Friday: The Big Sur Folk Festivals (1964-1971)

Running on the opposite coast from Newport from 1964-1971, The Big Sur Folk Festival was a different beast entirely.   Starting off as a series of workshops and impromptu sets by Joan Baez, Mimi & Richard Fariña and some of their contemporaries, The Big Sur Folk Festival was intentionally kept a small, intimate event withContinue reading “Festival Friday: The Big Sur Folk Festivals (1964-1971)”

Festival Friday: The 1968 Newport Folk Festival

The 1968 Newport Folk Festival The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, isn’t obscure by any means; in fact, it’s a rather historic and culturally relevant event that still continues (very successfully) today. In terms of the individual yearly events, the ones you mainly hear most about include the 1965 festival where Dylan notoriouslyContinue reading “Festival Friday: The 1968 Newport Folk Festival”

Festival Friday: Summer Jam at Watkins Glen

Summer Jam at Watkins Glen 1973 On the week of July 28th, 1973, The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway at Watkins Glen, New York, saw what was at the time the largest gathered audience in recorded history (yes, even bigger than Woodstock). The estimated 600,000 people that made it through the endless traffic jams andContinue reading “Festival Friday: Summer Jam at Watkins Glen”

Festival Friday- The Strawberry Fields Festival (1970)

The story of this festival should honestly be made into a movie, kind of like Taking Woodstock, only more. I’m sure it would be just as dramatic and hilarious… Held between August 7th and 10th of 1970 at Mosport Park Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, the Strawberry Fields Festival was originally intended to be JohnContinue reading “Festival Friday- The Strawberry Fields Festival (1970)”

Festival Friday: The Texas International Pop Festival

On the Labor Day Weekend of 1969, just two weeks after Woodstock, many of the same artists showed up to the Dallas International Motor Speedway to play the Texas International Pop Festival to over 100,000-120,000 people. Much like Woodstock, the festival is remembered for beating the odds and remaining peaceful despite the worries of theContinue reading “Festival Friday: The Texas International Pop Festival”