Woodstock in 1969 on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, NY, with 400,000 in attendance for three days of Peace Music was the birth of large music festivals. It came off with two deaths, two births and hundreds of drug overdoses with about 30 requiring serious medical treatment.  

Times have changed and music festivals today are not usually held on isolated dairy farms, but in big cities. One such example is the Austin City Limits Music Festival with 125 acts and staged during the past two weekends at Zilker Park, just across the Colorado River from downtown Austin.

The ACL Music Festival did see a man punch out two women who were strangers to him but did not report any births or deaths. Officials kept quiet about any overdoses. But the national lawn caretaker Lawn Starter, which hired EMLab P&K LLC, to check out Zilker Park during the first weekend of the ACL Music Festival.  It found E. coli and fecal coliforms with some that cause illnesses among those who attended the event.


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