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MTVi News: Untold Story of Woodstock '99

“Playing with Fire: The Untold Story of Woodstock ’99,” MTVi News. Finalist, 2000 IRE Awards, online reporting. Sonicnet.com, part of the MTVi.com group, published a five-part investigative series on the looting, arson and rioting at Woodstock ’99 on the first anniversary. Based on interviews with dozens of Woodstock employees and volunteers, promoters, local officials, industry experts and police, along with reviews of internal and government documents related to the festival, the series revealed that concert promoters and local officials failed to heed warning signs of impending disaster. According to the Sonicnet.com investigation, Woodstock ’99 was in danger of being canceled several times before it began. and concert officials failed to meet the conditions of their mass gathering permit, which included traffic, security and public health concerns.

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