Woodstock: A look back

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We remember the sounds and styles at the holy grail of festivals - Woodstock...

In August 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair took place on an unsuspecting dairy farm in Bethel, New York. Billed as 'three days of peace and music', with an incredible line-up that included Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and Joan Baez, it was expected to be an averagely-sized festival (186,000 people bought tickets). Instead Woodstock attracted over half a million people, and became a social phenomenon.

One of the most important cultural touchstones of the sixties, Woodstock left a strong musical and social legacy. It was an extraordinary display of togetherness, peace and love that no other event has surpassed since, and instilled hope and brotherhood at a time of war and uncertainty. Woodstock was also a trailblazer for the live music circuit, and countless festivals still seek to replicate its freewheeling and countercultural spirit.

Despite periods of rain, mud and a lack of hygiene facilities that were encountered throughout the three days, Woodstock festival go-ers didn't lose their sense of style... On stage, memorable outfits included Janis Joplin's tie-dye velvet maxi dress and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane's white fringed top and flares. Off stage, outfits were just as wild, with attendees sporting psychedelic, flower power-inspired outfits, or shunning clothes entirely. Feast your eyes on a handful of our favourite looks...