The 1st Atlanta International Pop Festival was held this weekend in 1969

July 4, 2017

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 weekend in 1969

more than a month before Woodstock

 

Crowd estimates ranged

from the high tens of thousands to 150,000

 

Temperatures were 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

 

Lineup

 

  • Blood, Sweat & Tears

  • Booker T. & the M.G.'s

  • The Butterfield Blues Band

  • Canned Heat

  • Chicago Transit Authority

  • Joe Cocker

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • The Dave Brubeck Trio w/ Gerry Mulligan

  • Delaney and Bonnie and Friends

  • Grand Funk Railroad

  • Ian & Sylvia

  • Tommy James and the Shondells

  • Janis Joplin

  • Al Kooper

     Led Zeppelin

  • Pacific Gas & Electric

     Johnny Rivers

  • Spirit

  • The Staple Singers

  • Sweetwater

  • Ten Wheel Drive

  • Johnny Winter

 

 

 

 

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