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Woodstock '94 line-up saw Bob Dylan and Nine Inch Nails take to the stage

Eve Edwards August 4, 2022
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Music-lovers are revisiting Woodstock ’94 and its line-up. The festival was a gentle predecessor to the notorious ’99 edition, which is the subject of a new Netflix documentary.

Trainwreck: Woodstock 99 released to Netflix on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, more than 23 years after the event took place.

Woodstock ’99 has been branded one of the most controversial festivals in history. It was marred by violence, death, assault, vandalism and arson. Pitchfork reports Woodstock ’99 led to the deaths of three people.

Woodstock ’94, in comparison, was a much safer and friendlier festival and, in light of Trainwreck’s release, some music fans are revisiting those halcyon days.

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Woodstock ’94 revisited

The 1994 event took place from August 12 to 14. Located in Saugerties, New York, the event commemorated the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock in 1969.

Keeping in the spirit of the Sixties, Woodstock ’94 was promoted as “two more days of peace and music.”

While Woodstock ’99 is undoubtedly the event’s most controversial, Woodstock ’94 wasn’t without its issues. Some festival-goers were disappointed by pricing for the event or the fact it was sponsored by a major company, Pepsi. The festival reportedly failed to break even.

There were also issues with parking and people getting into the festival without tickets, according to this attendee:

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Woodstock ’94 line-up included massive names

Woodstock ’94 was blessed with a festival line-up many music-lovers would dream of seeing live.

Some of the biggest names to play Woodstock ’94 were Sheryl Crow, Aphex Twin, Cypress Hill, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cranberries, Salt ’N Pepa, Youssou N’Dour, The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, and Santana.

Each day performers took to both the North Stage and South Stage, with performers on the Ravestock Stage on the Friday.

You can read the full line-up at Woodstock ’94 here.

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What about the Woodstock ’99 line-up?

As always, Woodstock managed to secure significant artists for the Woodstock ’99 line-up. Some of the acts taking to the stage included DMX, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Rage Against The Machine, and Creed.

James Brown, The Offspring, Insane Clown Posse, Kid Rock, Counting Crows, Alanis Morissette, Ice Cube, Fatboy Slim, Megadeath, and Elvis Costello also appeared.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, and Metallica played at Woodstock ’99, having played five years earlier.

Foo Fighters, Sugar Ray, and Al Green were scheduled to appear on the Woodstock ’99 line-up but pulled out for a variety of reasons. They may be glad they did!

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Music fans describe 1994 event as ‘sublime and utopian’

In line with the event’s branding of “peace and music,” Woodstock ’94 was considered by many to be an event filled with just that.

After watching Trainwreck on Netflix, one fan tweeted: “Woodstock 94 was a much better event for our generation, but it didn’t make money so it was deemed a failure.”

Another fan tweeted after watching HBO’s documentary Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage: “I watched the Woodstock 99 doc last night. Was a good examination of the aggressive nu metal thing. I went to Woodstock 94 and it was the total opposite – sublime and utopian.”

The events drastically differ in how they are remembered:

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Eve spends her days writing about everything culture-related. From celebrity news to music, film and television, Eve covers all bases. When she’s not writing you can find her making music or mastering the art of homemade pasta.