Funds pulled from Woodstock museum plans

The building will go ahead, despite losing $1 million

Plans are forging ahead to build a museum to commemorate historic music festival Woodstock, despite the removal of $1 million intended for the project.

The two-storey building is set atop a hill on the site where the festival took place over three days in upstate New York in 1969.

The project has already received $15m from the government. A further $1 millon was earmarked by Senator Hillary Clinton for the project, but the grant was ditched on Thursday (October 26).

A performing arts centre, The Bethel Center for the Performing Arts opened on the site last year, while the Woodstock museum will be officially known as the Museum at Bethel Woods.

Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead all performed the legendary event which promoted peace and love during America’s war with Vietnam.

Two more Woodstock’s were held in 1994 and 1999, the latter of which ended in chaos when festival-goers, angry at the high prices on site, became violent and embarked on a looting spree, starting fights and lighting fires.

Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, and Red Hot Chili Peppers were among the acts who performed at the 1999 event.

–By our New York staff.

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