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Netflix's Trainwreck: Woodstock 99: Viewers saying the same thing about shocking documentary

The disastrous festival was labelled "the day the music died"

woodsotck festival 1© Photo: Netflix
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
August 4, 2022
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Netflix's shocking new documentary, Trainwreck: Woodstock 99, landed on the streaming platform on Wednesday and viewers have wasted no time getting stuck into the series. 

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The three-parter tells the story of the Woodstock music festival in 1999, an event so disastrous that it was labelled "the day the music died". 

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The series features interviews from Woodstock creator Michael Lang, festival goers and journalists, who reveal how several contributing factors, including a lack of water and stifling temperatures, led to violence, vandalism and fires. 

The event aimed to emulate the original Woodstock festival in 1969, which was marketed by its creators as "Three Days of Peace and Music" and became culturally iconic for being a defining moment in the counterculture generation. 

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Viewers took to Twitter to express their shock at the horrifying yet intriguing documentary, with one person writing: "Just finished watching #TrainwreckWoodstock99 on Netflix and it is crazy! I had forgotten how crazy that festival had gotten. I highly recommend watching it," a second tweeted: "Shocking and horrifying what was allowed to happen and worse that management are still attributing blame to bands, DJ's, food vendors and everyone but themselves!"

woodstock 1© Photo: Netflix

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A third person commented: "This trainwreck documentary on @netflix is WILD!! The sad reality of where humanity is capable of going all in the name of capitalism," while another added: "Watching #TrainwreckWoodstock99 on #Netflix and…oof. What a disgusting display. I was 12 when it happened and remember seeing the reports on #MTV but had no idea."

Other viewers compared Woodstock 99 to the 2017 Fyre Festival, an event that was promoted as a luxury music experience on a private island but failed spectacularly. 

woodstock 2© Photo: Netflix

The three-part series includes interviews from festival goers

"#Woodstock99 makes Fyre Festival look like a McDonald's play place," wrote one person, while another tweeted: "Is anyone else watching #TrainwreckWoodstock99?? Makes the Fyre Festival look like a suite at the Ritz."

A third viewer commented: "#TrainwreckWoodstock99 makes Fyre Festival look like a day at Disneyland."

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