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Rage Against the Machine at Woodstock ’99: a festival concert to get you through the lockdown

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Athanasios Kouklas
Written by Athanasios Kouklas, our Ambassador for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
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While many people around the world are stuck at home because of the coronavirus outbreak, we pass the time with an iconic performance by one of this summer’s festival headliners. Today we give you the concert of Rage Against the Machine at Woodstock ’99.

After nearly nine years since the last performance of Rage Against the Machine, the band has confirmed that they will be reuniting this year for a handful of shows. However the first leg of the band’s current tour was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Nonetheless the legendary American band will also bring their mix of rap and metal to Europe. This summer Rage Against the Machine will play several festivals, including Lollapalooza Berlin, Electric Picnic, Rock en Seine and Reading & Leeds.

Live at Woodstock ’99

In July 1999, Woodstock ’99 took place in New York and was the second large-scale music festival that attempted to emulate the original Woodstock festival of 1969. Over four days more that 400,000 people attended the event which featured more than 60 artists. The festival was also heavily criticised for the many problems that occurred during its duration such as overcrowding, multiple sexual assaults and the high bonfires that started burning before the last band had finished their set.

However, the festival also featured very energetic performances from bands such as Rage Against the Machine. The band performed near the end of the second night, between Limp Bizkit and Metallica. While their set featured mainly songs from their debut album, the band also performed songs from The Battle of Los Angeles. This album was released later that year and is the last full-length studio album of original material by Rage Against the Machine. The band wrapped up their set by burning an American flag while performing “Killing in the Name.”

You can see the entire performance below:

You can see also the setlist here:

Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine are one of the biggest and most influential American rock bands. The band is known for mixing guitar music with hip hop and political messages. They formed in Los Angeles in 1991, and played their first public show in somebody’s living room in Orange County, California. Through the years, the band grew bigger and bigger, selling over 16 million records worldwide by 2010. On 30 July 2011, RATM played their last headline slot at L.A. Rising festival. There was no news from the band ever since, until this year’s reunion tour.

We’re all in this together!

Remember: stay safe and take care of yourselves during these difficult times. By taking care of yourself and being conscious of those around you, we will get through this and get to enjoy the awesome summer that we all deserve!

While we are all stuck inside, Festileaks will make sure you will not get bored. Check out the Festival Concert series and our updated overview of artists’ livestreams. For the latest news about music festivals and the coronavirus, we have our overview of cancellations and postponements.

Athanasios Kouklas
Molecular Biology student, currently living in Switzerland! From Thessaloniki, Greece. Travel, music and festival enthusiast. Been to Pinkpop, Rock Werchter, Rock am Ring, Southside and numerous concerts of all kinds in Europe. Favourite bands include: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Rammstein, Foo Fighters, Motörhead and The Rolling Stones..