The opening act for the festival was Richie Havens followed by an opening speech by Swami Satchidananda. The other performers were Santana, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, and Sweetwater were there, along with other big artists in the 1960’s. There was a total of 32 acts spread over the four-day festival.
The musicians nearly performed continuously and there were even some who played even past 2 a.m. The lineup went from morning to afternoon. The Creedence Clearwater Revival actually played at 3:30 a.m. with nearly most of the crowd asleep in the field. But on the last day, the people was awakened by Jimi Hendrix’s performance. Even though the crowd had thinned out the legendary musician played for two hours.
The Woodstock Festival’s unique feature was that it featured smoke camps where people met and shared stories. The hippies created makeshift ‘smoke camps’ where they openly smoked grass and hash, sharing with the people around them. This was a music festival and also a gathering where people were able to share their beliefs about society and life. The event has been called a social revolution.