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Isle of Wight, England, August 26–30, 1970
The Moment: Ticketless fans raze barricades to break into this monster rock fest off England's southern coast. The crowd of 600,000 revels in sex, drugs, and, of course, rock 'n' roll, courtesy of the Who, the Doors, Joni Mitchell, and others. Jimi Hendrix once again calls on his penchant for deconstructed national anthems, kicking off his last U.K. show with "God Saves the Queen." (A few weeks later he is found dead of an overdose in his London apartment.) Due to the outbreak of fights, fires, and havoc wreaked by anarchists and Hell's Angels, an order of Parliament forces the unruly festival to go on hiatus for 32 years, before a tamer version returns in 2002.
Where to go now: This year's Isle of Wight Festival will take place on June 9–11. Headliners include Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and the Prodigy. Tickets are already sold out, so time will tell whether Coldplay's whiny lyrics can heat up enough passions to overwhelm security.