Festivals timeline

  • Woodstock organizers select Yasgur's farm as venue

    On July 20, 1969, Yasgur, meeting with the organizers at a White Lake restaurant called The Lighthouse, agreed to rent 600 acres (2.4 km2) for... Read more

  • Woodstock Music & Art Fair 1969 - Day one

    Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock or The Woodstock Festival) was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition", held at Max... Read more

  • Woodstock Music & Art Fair 1969 - Day two

    Saturday, August 16 The day opened at 12:15 pm, and featured some of the event's biggest psychedelic and guitar rock headliners. * Quill,... Read more

  • Woodstock Music & Art Fair 1969 - Day three

    Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18 Joe Cocker was the first act on the last officially booked day (Sunday); he opened up the day's events at... Read more

  • Woodstock Music & Art Fair 1969 - Day four

    Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18 Joe Cocker was the first act on the last officially booked day (Sunday); he opened up the day's events at... Read more

  • Isle of Wight Festival 1970

    This is the last festival, enough is enough , it began as a beautiful dream but it has got out of control and become a monster. Read more

  • Woodstock Reunion 1979

    Woodstock Reunion 1979 was a rock concert held in NY in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock festival. Read more

  • First Taste of Chicago food festival

    In 1980 a group of restaurateurs approached the Mayor of Chicago with the idea of a food festival on the Fourth of July, and Taste of Chicago was... Read more

  • Chicagofest 1981

    I had a random concert conversation with a colleague of mine, Jonathan. He asked me if I could guess which Chicago venue he had seen Cheap Trick in... Read more

  • Battle of the Beanfield

    More than 300 people have been arrested after an attempt by police to prevent a convoy of hippies reaching Stonehenge led to a violent... Read more

  • Mayor Washington kicks off Taste of Chicago

    Let's eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we must eat again! Read more

  • Woodstock 1989

    Woodstock '89 was a rock concert that took place in August 1989 on the site of the original Woodstock concert of 1969 as a spontaneous celebration... Read more

  • Woodstock 1994

    Woodstock '94 was a music festival organized in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival of 1969. It was... Read more

  • Woodstock 1999

    Woodstock 1999, performed July 23-25, 1999 was the second large-scale music festival (after Woodstock '94) that attempted to emulate the success of... Read more

  • Woodstock 1999

    Despite the years of planning, bathrooms had not been taken into consideration and as a result, none were built. Instead, we were offered portable... Read more

  • Nine Crushed to Death by Crowd at Roskilde Festival

    Nine festival-goers died as the crowd surged forward on a muddy farm field during a Pearl Jam concert. Twenty-six people were injured, three of... Read more

  • Leeds Festival Degenerates into Riot

    Pulp, the Strokes and Slipknot had all played to a peaceful crowd of 50,000. But the sister to Reading festival ended in disaster as police... Read more

  • 2005 Glastonbury Festival

    Lightning strikes!!! Two months worth of rain in several hours! A once in a hundred year occurrence! For those unfortunate enough to get swamped,... Read more

  • Taste of Chicago 2005

    This year marked another successful year for the Taste of Chicago. Record crowds gathered near the lake front event for the annual food and music... Read more

  • 36th Annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade

    Every detail of Chicago's 36th Annual Pride Parade and the 10th Annual Chicago Dyke March is in place. According to a press release from... Read more

  • Taste of Chicago 2006

    Live Music Schedule Fri. June 30, 2006 City of Chicago, WGCI FM & V103 Present The O'Jays 3PC Risque 5:30 P.M. Sat. July 1,... Read more

  • Lollapalooza 2006

    Day 1 Recap It's in the mid-80's, not a cloud in the sky, a backdrop of some of the world's most inspiring big-city architecture, and music in... Read more

  • Taste of Chicago 2007

    One of the largest tourist attractions in Illinois begins this weekend: the Taste of Chicago. For ten days, over 70 restaurants from all over... Read more

  • Lollapalooza 2007

    Pearl Jam’s Fierce, Political Headlining Set Brings Lollapalooza 2007 to a Fitting End Lollapalooza’s day three special collaboration arrives... Read more

  • Chicago Mayfest 2008

    This is the festival that traditionally kicks off Chicago's neighborhood festival season. Located at the intersection of Ashland and Barry in... Read more