What Bands Performed At Woodstock 99? Netflix Documentary Reveals What Happened At The Festival
Woodstock 99 had over 45 bands on the lineup roster when the catastrophe occured. The three-part Netflix series, Trainwreck: Woodstock 99, depicts what happened at the music festival.
The first episode of the Netflix Trainwreck: Woodstock '99 has recently aired, depicting the festival's chaos in a three-part series.
It is based on the disastrous music festival, Woodstock 99, of 1999, which saw multiple deaths and various criminal activities involving robbery, sexual assault, violence, and so on. The newly aired show tries to show the happening of the carnival, which was a catastrophe from every aspect.
From mismanagement by the sponsors and organizers to the extreme hot climates and unmanaged crowds, everything about this event was wrong. Many critics even label Woodstock 99 as the worst musical festival and list it among one of the most chaotic events.
Following the Netflix show, many people have taken an interest in the festival of Woodstock 99 and are curious to know more about it. Thus, here is everything you need to know about its bands and lineup and details on what happened at that time.
Woodstock 99 Bands And Lineup
The Woodstock 99 music festival included performances from over 45 bands and several other artists on four stages over the three-day event.
Speaking of the bands, Vertical Horizon, G. Love and Special Sauce, Lit, Jamiroquai, The Offspring, Moby, Sheryl Crow, moe. and Bush delivered managed performances in the first two days.
However, the last two days included angry rock, nu-metal, and hip-hop acts by artists like Rage Against the Machine, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Red Chili Hot Peppers, and Limp Bizkit, creating an intense environment.
According to Rolling Stone, the full lineup of the Woodstock 99 carnival included artists like Aerosmith, Chemical Brothers, Creed, Sheryl Crow, DMX, Everlast, Fatboy Slim, John Fogerty, Hole, Korn, Live, Los Lobos, Metallica, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, Rusted Root, Sugar Ray and the Tragically Hip.
As The New Yorker reported, male artists and bands dominated the celebration as only three solo female musicians performed throughout the weekend. The heated weather and intense surroundings created by rock and hip-hop music were why people started going wild, eventually creating a chaotic scene.
What Happened At Woodstock 99 Festival?
The three-day Woodstock 99 music festival became a catastrophe as multiple people lost their lives on top of various crimes committed by the public.
It was a poorly managed carnival in an unmanaged venue without proper management of shade, escape route, bathrooms, and almost every other facility. The hot weather and no place to take shade or cool down was already raging people with anger.
On top of that, expensive water, pizza, and other food items further fueled the chaos. It was an unmanaged crowd without proper management of airflow, the cooling system, and different basic needs. Despite the undersupply, people were holding enough until Limp Bizkit hit the stage.
Esquire reports that Bizkit's lead singer, Fred Durst, encouraged the people not to control themselves and go wild after he informed the audience that there was no rule to bound them. However, the singer has denied encouraging the people in the follow-up interviews.
After Limp Bizkit's performance, Red Hot Chili Peppers entered the stage and told people to light the candles that they had distributed earlier. This marked the beginning of the chaos as people started lighting bonfires and empty bottles with candles.
Soon after, one of the radio towers caught fire, and the public went berserk. They broke into the ATM and looted the stalls at the venue, destroying numerous objects. Sources later revealed many instances of sexual harassment and assaults. MTV reported that multiple men sexually assaulted two women during Limp Bizkit and Korn's sets.
With no accessible escape routes, multiple people died on the run. In short, it was a horrible disaster in the music festival history.
Netflix Trainwreck Update
Netflix's three-part series, Trainwreck: Woodstock '99, officially aired its first episode on August 3, 2022.
The show has three episodes; each part will run for around 45 to 51 minutes. Each of these episodes reportedly focuses on the different day of the festival, thus giving a direct narrative of the actual happening.
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