- The Rise and Fall of Iconic Music Festivals. -


MusicBy - Yuki

1. Woodstock - In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Festival took place in upstate New York, drawing over 400,000 people to witness legendary performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, and more. Despite its success, overreaching government regulations led to the festival's fall, with its planned 50th-anniversary celebration being canceled.

2. Monterey Pop - Another legendary music festival from 1967, Monterey Pop launched the careers of many legendary performers such as Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Jimi Hendrix. However, the festival came to an end after just three years, due to a lack of funding and conflicts among the organizers.

3. Altamont - In 1969, The Rolling Stones hosted a free concert in Altamont, California, that unfortunately became infamous for a number of violent incidents that took place during the performance. Four people died in total, leading to the festival's closure and a steep decline in the popularity of large-scale free concerts.

4. Isle of Wight - From 1968 to 1970, the Isle of Wight Festival became a popular event with British and international music lovers, attracting iconic performers like Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and Bob Dylan. However, following the organization's bankruptcy in 1970, the festival ceased to exist.

5. Lollapalooza - Launched in 1991, Lollapalooza became one of the most popular music festivals in the United States, showcasing alternative rock artists and groups like Green Day, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. Despite various falls from grace, Lollapalooza was eventually revived in 2003, leaving a lasting impact on festival culture.

6. Coachella - Launched in 1999, Coachella grew to become one of the country's most popular music festivals, with a diverse lineup that included electronic music, hip-hop, and rock. However, over the years, it's been criticized for its commercialism and lack of diversity.

7. Fyre Festival - In 2017, the Fyre Festival drew major attention for its fraudulent advertising, as the $12,000-per-ticket luxury event ultimately failed, leaving attendees stranded and causing widespread outrage. The festival's fall proved that, while social media can hype an event, it can also lead to disastrous consequences and public scrutiny.

8. Electric Daisy Carnival - Starting in 1997, the Electric Daisy Carnival is an electronic dance music festival that's grown in size and popularity over the years, with fests across the US, as well as in Europe and Asia. In recent years, it has been criticized for its lack of safety measures and drug use concerns.

9. Reading and Leeds - Launched in 1989, Reading and Leeds has grown to become a popular rock festival in the UK, hosting legendary performances like Nirvana's in 1991. However, the festival has also been marred by incidents of violence and drug use, leading some to criticize its ability to maintain a safe environment.

10. Warped Tour - From 1995 to 2018, the Vans Warped Tour became known as one of the most influential punk-rock festivals in the US, giving a platform to up-and-coming artists and established bands alike. However, increasing competition, financial issues, and criticism over the festival's treatment of artists ultimately led to its downfall.