- Film & TV
- 08 Jul 21
The 1999 music festival featured the Red hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and Rage Against the Machine all performing against a backdrop of controversy.
A new trailer for the HBO documentary Woodstock '99 Peace, Love and Rage about the infamous 1999 music festival has been released.
The event was designed to emulate the original Woodstock festival in 1969 after the success of the 1994 edition, Woodstock '94.
Despite big appearances from major acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and Rage Against The Machine, it became notorious for all the wrong reasons due to reports of riots, poor facilities and several sexual assaults during the four-day event.
"There are a lot of stupid humans around here," one fan remarks in archival footage, which is mixed with new interviews from musicians and other commentators for the film.
"I can tell you 100 feet away what that venue is gonna to be like," Moby remarks from the perspective of one of the performers that year.
"We got off the bus, and I was like 'Something's not right.'"
Taking place during the heyday of rap-rock with Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit at the peak of their success, the piece will be part of the network's new Music Box documentary series, produced by Bill Simmons.
Hot Press' Colm O'Hare commentated at the time of his distaste for the event, writing, "Unlike its legendary ancestor, Woodstock '99 could hardly be described as "three days of music, peace and love" ending as it did in a riot."
"Perhaps it was induced by the sheer boredom of witnessing corporate America's current rock vanguard going through their paces with such apathy and indifference."
Although an Irish release date has not been set yet, you can check out the trailer for Woodstock 99: Peace Love and Rage below:
- Film & TV
- 01 Jun 23