ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL UNUSED concert ticket from July 4th and 5th, 1969. This is a genuine vintage concert ticket from one of the earliest and most successful rock music festivals!This event was even 6 weeks before Woodstock!! But unlike Woodstock, this festival did turn out a profit, albeit not a huge one. The founders were all in it for the music though, not profit. Still, it was enough that the promoters paid for an impromptu concert a few days later in Atlanta's Piedmont Park that included The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead. It turned out 1969 would be the peak year for festivals, and the success of this one ultimately led the way for another follow up festival the following year.
The 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival would be considerably more successful and even more closely resemble Woodstock with numerous top acts over 3 days with camping and reached an attendance around 300,000. Although by 1970 things had totally died down with the pop festival scene, 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.
Atlanta's festivals also had the cool peaceful vibes, the camping and 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 laid back attitude 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 run into a 1969 stub, even much harder to find a full unused ticket, especially such a pristine specimen!! The ticket will look almost exactly like the one shown in the photos.It was been extremely well stored (properly wrapped in storage by an original officer of Atlanta Pop Festival Corporation) and has basically no wear. In original vintage items, guaranteed 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 Atlanta's music fans a gift: a free concert in Atlanta's 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 Macon's new Allman Brothers Band. Photos, recollections and memories' blogs from 1970 attendees: messyoptics.GREAT'69 ZEPPELIN VIDEO (Paste this on YouTube): Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown Promo - 1969. Thank you for shopping at ClaudeUSA.