20,000 Fans Turn Out For Mysteryland Fest Held at Woodstock Site
By Zach Seemayer
Over 20,000 electronic music fans made the pilgrimage to the legendary field in Bethel, New York - which, in 1969, was the site of Woodstock – for the 2014 Mysteryland music festival, where EDM superstars like Kaskade, Steve Aoki and even Moby performed for the massive crowd.
The Mysteryland festival began in 1993 in the Netherlands and expanded into an international festival in 2011 when it was held in Chile. This was the first festival held in the United States, and the organizers were given the opportunity to hold the event on the legendary grounds of arguably the most historic music festival in American history.
This weekend's Mysteryland festival was the first event since 1969 to be granted camping permits on the Woodstock soil. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a cultural organization that frequently hosts concerts and performances, but this three-day Mysteryland fest is, by far, the largest event hosted by the organization, and likely the largest event to be held on the Bethel Woods grounds since '69.
While Mysteryland's 20,000 attendees is impressive for the event, it doesn't quite match up to the 500,000 people who showed up for Woodstock. However, unlike that festival, Mysteryland seems to have a better grasp of how to put on a show that doesn't turn into a mud pit of filth.