The UK's Woodstock moment...
The Rolling Stones free concert at Hyde Park in 1969
Before Woodstock and the summer of love, the Rolling Stones played to nearly 500,000 people in Hyde Park, for free, with a collection of other bands, in an event which helped to define UK youth culture in the late 1960s.
We partnered with Hstry.org to create an online historical re-enactment of the day using social media. We shared the sights, sounds, smells and vibes of one of the most significant concerts to have ever taken place in the UK which had a lasting impact on culture, not just music.
- Finding out what was played by many of the acts that day proved hugely difficult. Memories are hazy and there wasn't the blanket recording or sharing of setlists on the internet that there is for many acts today. We tried to remain as faithful as possible to what was played, but in many instances we had to make educated guesses based on other concerts from that time.
- Where possible we have collected archive video footage of the gig which is available on YouTube. For the other non-Stones acts, finding Hyde Park '69 footage was been nearly impossible! We shared video footage from other ive performances from around the time. It is certainly different from the situation today where footage is taken on a smartphone and uploaded to the internet in seconds!
- A small note on the performance of the Stones. It is true that in retrospect, the Rolling Stones were sluggish, having difficulty keeping in tune, and to be honest at times poor. Certainly if you're looking for a definitive live performance of the band, it's worth seeking out audio or video performances from later on in the year. If you want to see the Mick Taylor era Stones at their best then, in our opinion, you should seek out 'Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones'.
- We have also collected songs on Spotify, these will be shared individually throughout the re-enactment, but we've collected them in the playlist linked for you.