Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s Woodstock ’99 Docuseries
Most older Metalsucks readers probably know the basic details of Woodstock ’99: a festival that was supposed to recreate the magic of the original 1969 festival by hosting bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit. However, Woodstock ’99 did not go as planned, at all — instead of serving as a tribute and celebration of one of the most significant musical weekends of all time, Woodstock ’99 broke down into a mess of violence, destruction and sexual assault, issues that are chronicled in a new Netflix three-part miniseries called Clusterfuck: Woodstock ’99.
Clusterfuck seems like a pretty accurate name for the absolute shit show that the fest was. Using a combination of already-seen commercial footage, never-before-seen home video and video from artists, plus a slew of new interviews, to tell the story of the ill-fated event.
Executive producer Tom Pearson summed it up in a statement to Netflix:
“This documentary series explores the societal, cultural and economic triggers that led to the festival descending into a total clusterfuck. This is an epic, universal story of nostalgia, hubris, greed and generational schism, told from the point of view of those on the front line.”
A Woodstock 50th-anniversary celebration was planned for 2019 but was mercifully cancelled after what felt like constant setbacks including bad ticketing, major financial players and production companies pulling out, shady lawyers and three separate event spaces denying the organizers’ requests for permits.
After watching that trailer, who could blame them?
Clusterfuck: Woodstock ’99 should not be confused with Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage, an HBO documentary that also focused on how much of an absolute mess the festival was. Given the fact that Netflix were responsible for FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, a documentary about the messiest festival since Woodstock’s 30-year bash, we can at least assume the series will be compelling.
Netflix drops Clusterfuck on August 3.