Netflix is creating a docuseries centered on the infamous Woodstock ’99 festival that produced images of rioting, looting, fire and Limp Bizkit as a headliner.
Deadline reports the documentary covers a four-day festival’s transformation from love and peace, to destruction and mayhem during the Red Hot Chili Peppers' closing set. As Anthony Kiedis belted the group’s classic “Californiacation” from the East Stage, concert goers were seen starting a fire with candles provided by the venue (probably the last time candles were allowed in a music venue). The resulting mayhem produced 44 arrests, 10,000 people injured and numerous reports of sexual assault among attendees.
The publication says this docuseries dives deep into the culture and business interests that enabled Woodstock ’99 to go up in flames. “Featuring unseen archive footage and intimate testimony from people behind the scenes, on the stages and in the crowds, the series aims at telling the untold story of a landmark musical moment that shaped the cultural landscape for a generation.”
In hindsight, there were many independent factors contributed to the event’s downfall. Corporate vendors littered the grounds of Rome, New York with overpriced essential items like food and water. Factor in 100 degree weather and a predominately “Gen X” audience wary of commercialization, and the environment practically lent itself to a perfect storm of destruction. Also, Spitfire played twice. Who does that?
Woodstock ’99 did not deter future financiers from attempting to resurrect the branded event. After months of venue changes, legal battles, financial disagreements, and invalid contracts, Michael Lang was forced to cancel plans for Woodstock 50.