The infamous music festival Woodstock was always a hit. With music fans gathering from around the world, the festival that started in 1969 is upping the game and following the trends. The festival is joining the metaverse. Making fans eager to check out if the Woodstock festival metaverse experience will truly capture the essence of the 1969 festival as the organizers claim. Let’s dig into this!
Woodstock Festival 1969
The origin story of the festival starts in 1969. Back then, the organizers decided to throw a music festival in the town of Woodstock near NYC. But the town did not approve of this event. And it almost did not happen until a farmer offered his dairy farm grounds to host the festival in Bethel, NY.
Therefore, we owe it all to that groovy farmer who without this event, would not have made history in the music world. So many things happened during that festival that spanned over 4 days. The 600-acre farm hosted over half a million people. Who came to listen to 32 acts of leading and new artists.
Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Janis Joplin and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were among the line-up. Woodstock is one of the greatest happenings of all time and –perhaps- the most pivotal moment in music history.
The Woodstock Festival Metaverse Experience
This year is the year of technology, Web3, and the metaverse. The festival, in collaboration with Sequin AR, is bringing the event that started it all to the metaverse. Now people of all ages can enjoy the 1969 festival. And people who were actually there also get the chance to relive a distant memory.
The metaverse includes various opportunities and interesting activities for both fans and artists. Faithful to the original festival, Woodstock World will utilize archival 2D content alongside motion capture recreations. These enable fans to interact with their favorite tracks and artists from history in real time. And in completely new ways!
Furthermore, the Woodstock festival metaverse experience is built on Unreal Engine 5, which is the bleeding edge real-time 3D modeling tool of today.
Woodstock will also introduce avatars, analytics, and video streams and use its primary Sequin metaverse platform in new ways. You will be able to experience behind-the-scenes content, interactive archives, and more immersive visits to historical performances from previous Woodstock festivals.
5 Iconic Performances From The 1969 Woodstock Festival
- ‘Soul Sacrifice by Santana
Fun fact: YOU CAN SEE THE ACTUAL DRUM KIT USED BY SANTANA DURING THEIR 1969 WOODSTOCK PERFORMANCE ON DISPLAY AT MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME IN NASHVILLE, TN.
- ‘The star-spangled banner’ by Jimi Hendrix
Fun fact: JIMI HENDRIX COULDN’T READ MUSIC, AND HE PLAYED HIS GUITAR UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE HE WAS LEFT-HANDED. HE’S KNOWN TODAY AS ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED PERFORMERS IN HISTORY.
- ‘With a little help from my friends’ by Joe Cocker
Fun Fact: LONG BEFORE WOODSTOCK CAME CALLING, JOE COCKER AND HIS BAND OPENED FOR THE ROLLING STONES AND OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMERS ACROSS THE UK.
- ‘Freedom’ by Richie Havens
Fun fact: BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 2013, HAVENS REQUESTED HIS ASHES BE SCATTERED ACROSS THE ORIGINAL WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL SITE IN BETHEL, NEW YORK.
- ‘My Generation by The Who
Fun fact: THE WHO CREATED A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR LOUDEST PERFORMANCE AT A LONDON CONCERT IN MAY OF 1976.
One would not miss such an opportunity to watch all these iconic performances. In an interactive style courtesy of the Woodstock festival metaverse experience. The festival is coming back to life in a new style and fans all over the world can check out the 1969 event as if they were actually there to witness the iconic performances listed above.
The Woodstock festival Metaverse is launching sometime this year. And speaking of festivals this year another festival, the Tribeca film festival is accepting the trend and is using their VIP passes as NFTs check it out here.