Netflix have done it again with Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99, an epic three-part breakdown of what was meant to be an end of century rerun of the sixties namesake that turned from music festival to riot over three days.
While Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened was a gleeful peek behind the scenes of a festival (dis)organised by people with huge egos and zero experience, Woodstock ’99 was launched by some of the most experienced and successful music festival organisers in the world.
Michael Lang became a household name thanks to his vision to organise the original Woodstock in 1969, an iconic even that lived up to its promise of peace and love. The only downside was it didn’t make any money. So Lang tried again, three times actually, with the 1999 edition driven less by peace and love and more by money and money.
The three-part series focuses on Lang and promoter John Scher as they try and explain what went wrong over that fateful weekend in New York state that saw multiple rapes and assaults and ended as a full-scale riot with hundreds of thousands of people in attendance.
This series doesn’t pull any punches and thanks to the deal the organisers struck with pay per view companies has plenty of footage to explore.
But a word of warning for the Millennial generation, this will trigger you. This was peak Gen X and Diversity & Inclusion hadn’t been invented yet.
Instead, what we witness is corporate greed run rampant at the expense of the young people they were targeting. The organisers should have known better but it’s hard to see what’s coming down the line when your eyes are full of dollar signs.