ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL concert ticket stub from July 5th, 1969. This is a genuine vintage ticket stub that came from one of the earliest and most successful rock music festivals, ever! This event was even 6 weeks before Woodstock. It turned out 1969 would be the peak year for rock festivals, and the success of this one led the promoter Alex Cooley to hold the 1970 Atlanta Pop festival the following year.That event would be even more successful and closely resemble Woodstock with numerous top acts over 3 days and reached an attendance around 400,000. By 1970 things died down, and there would only be a couple of major rock festivals that whole year with Atlanta being the most popular by far. Atlanta had achieved something none one else had, not even in California, an even more successful reincarnation the following year.
This is why the Atlanta Pop Festival has become one of the most coveted rock concert festival events and probably stands only 2nd to Woodstock in popularity. Atlanta had the similar cool vibes and peaceful colorful counter culture crowd from that special era.All the news articles about the Atlanta event were very favorable. The young hip audience was very orderly and there to have a good time. They even showed a very peaceful tolerance as they braved the harsh heat and sun conditions with limited facilities over that weekend. It also turned out to be the largest audience that Led Zeppelin would ever play in front of, until only possibly at Knebworth which wasn't until a full decade later.
It is super hard to find a 1969 stub. These were very well made tickets, extra strong and durable ticket stock, much more than most concert tickets. The stub is in awesome condition and the one seen in the photos. In original vintage items guaranteed to be authentic. 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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