Only Monterey and maybe Newport are older, but Atlanta was the biggest and baddest except for Woodstock. This was at a period when rock was evolving and pop festivals were budding, during the festive times of the most active year, 1969.
This event was actually about 6 weeks before Woodstock. However, as goes for most concert events back then, camera, film & sound media were very limited in capability and portability. So there is very little footage, even very few photos were kept, to be found about this festival. Woodstock had a bigger budget and had hired a filming crew, then released a film and sound track. Although, because this was a two day festival with many popular artists, it turned out to be the largest audience Led Zeppelin ever played to in the USA and possibly the world.
The only exception might be Knebworth a full 10 years later. It turned out to be one of the few festivals that Led Zeppelin ever played at. After 1969, they had clout, and pretty much only played single act shows and even breaking records doing that. A 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival ticket stub is extremely hard to come by, in any form. Even harder than the subsequent 1970 event, which is already hard to find.
This particular stub is even more rare than most, as it is the portion that would have normally kept by the gatekeeper. Unless a ticket holder did not attend on Saturday, you would not normally find this stub. This stub is in great condition but does have a small spot of glue or tape residue on the back. The stub is the one seen in the photos. The first Atlanta International Pop Festival was a rock festival.
Held at the Atlanta International Raceway. In Hampton, Georgia, twenty miles south of Atlanta, on the July Fourth. (Friday) weekend, 1969, more than a month before Woodstock.
Crowd estimates ranged from the high tens of thousands to as high as 150,000. With temperatures nearing a hundred degrees, local fire departments used fire hoses to create "sprinklers" for the crowd to play in and cool off.
It was a peaceful, energetic, hot and loud festival with few (if any) problems other than heat related. Concession stands were woefully inadequate. Attendees frequently stood in line for an hour to get a soft drink. Over twenty musical acts performed at the event.Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. Tommy James and the Shondells. The festival was organized by a promotional team that included Chris Cowing, Robin Conant and Alex Cooley. Cooley was also one of the organizers of the Texas International Pop Festival. A few weeks later on Labor Day weekend, as well as the second, and last, Atlanta International Pop Festival. The following summer, and the Mar Y Sol Pop Festival. The sound system for the 1969 Atlanta festival was supplied by Hanley Sound of Medford, Massachusetts, and the light show was provided by The Electric Collage of Atlanta. Both of which would return for the second Atlanta Pop Festival. On the Monday following the festival, July 7, the festival promoters gave Atlantas music fans a gift: a free concert in Atlantas Piedmont Park.
Featuring Chicago Transit Authority, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and Spirit, all of whom had played at the festival, and Grateful Dead. According to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution , the free event was the promoters way of showing their appreciation for the overwhelming success of the festival. Although Alex Cooley has also described their motivation as simple hippie guilt at making a few-thousand-dollar profit. Piedmont Park had by then become the location of regular, free, and often impromptu rock concerts by mostly local Atlanta bands, and, beginning in mid-May of 1969, by Macons new Allman Brothers Band.
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