ROME, N.Y. – Oppressive heat, wild fans and violent riots in many ways overshadowed what was supposed to be a celebration of peace, love and music at Woodstock ’99 in Rome.
HBO has filmed a documentary examining “how the festival collapsed under the weight of its own misguided ambition,” according to the YouTube description of the newly released trailer.
The filmmakers interviewed artists who performed at the event, and showed footage of the actual festival. The documentary touches on the the atmosphere created by violent mosh pits, drug and alcohol use, people rolling around in "mud" near the porta-potties, and dangerous fires built using pieces of fences and vendor stands that were destroyed by the crowd. The documentary also discusses how severe heat, high water prices and limited shade contributed to the unsafe environment.
“Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage” is the first in a new HBO Max series called “Music Box.”
You can watch the full trailer below: