The original and iconic Woodstock Music & Art Fair first took place on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, in August 1969.

Yet the festival almost didn’t take place as the local residents didn’t want it to happen, but thankfully farm owner Max Yasgur accepted $10,000 cash up front to let them have a “small” festival on his property.

Over half a million people turned up to the festival that took place from August 15-18, but around 60,000 people had already arrived and set up camp by Wednesday 13th. Though over 100,000 tickets were sold prior to the festival weekend, they became unnecessary as swarms of people descended on the concert grounds to take part in this historic and peaceful happening.