Woodstock 1969: Music in the Face of Violence

Festival organizers are scrambling to get the word out amid the fallout from the festival’s brutal police response to a massive brawl that killed a young man, an attack that drew international condemnation.

As of Tuesday morning, the Woodstock 2017 website had received more than 1,500 responses from people who were affected by the violence and were still awaiting word from organizers.

The festival, billed as a weekend of music, entertainment, art and adventure, drew an estimated 10 million people to its namesake site in nearby Pennsylvania on Jan. 26.

The chaos erupted as festivalgoers were gathered at the famed Big Thunder Ranch in the small town of Chatsworth, which was the site of a huge brawl in 1969 that killed 19-year-old Gary Lutz, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia.

The incident is still a source of controversy for many, including the city’s mayor, who was among the first to call for police protection to protect festivalgoers and staff.

Woodstock organizers have been working to provide information on how to protect themselves and others, including how to avoid becoming victims of violent crime.

And in response to Monday’s riot, organizers announced a new security plan.

In a statement, the festival said it is “currently in the process of preparing a comprehensive security plan for 2017.”

The plan will be released “soon.”

Woodstock 2017 will take place Feb. 17-19, 2018.

In addition to a security plan, organizers will be holding “Woodstock 2018: Woodstock in the Heartland” from Jan. 19-21 in New York City, with a new festival title and lineup announced.