John Grimwade to make pilgrimage to iconic Woodstock

Naracoorte man John Grimwade didn't get the chance to go to Woodstock in 1969, but he's not making the same mistake twice, with his bags packed to get to the 50th anniversary concert in August.

"Back then they had Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, it's where they got their start," he explains.

"It's about the music, and the counter-culture."

While there's not too much of a counter-culture around Naracoorte - "too reserved" - John is trekking back to where it all began, in Bethel, New York.

Technically there are going to be two Woodstock concerts - one at Watkins Glen, and one at Bethel Woods Centre for the Arts.

The first Woodstock concert, at Watkins Glen, is being run by Michael Lang, the original co-creator of Woodstock. But financial controversies have plagued that festival, and the artist line-up includes artists such as Jay-Z, Halsey, and Miley Cyrus.

"Hip hop and pop, that's for the young ones," John says. His destination is the other festival, Woodstock Zoo, being run by Live Nation and featuring acts such as John Fogerty, Santana, Ringo Starr, Arlo Guthrie, Edgar Winter and The Doobie Brothers.

Woodstock Zoo is going to be held at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is located on the original 1969 festival field. The centre is not only a performance venue but a museum, with archival information not only about Woodstock, but the 1960s in general.

And in the spirit of sticking it to The Man, John isn't interested in fancy hotels. When he sets off for the States he'll be staying with fellow Woodstock enthusiasts, and in a tent at Bethel.

As one of the most iconic music festivals in the world, there's no doubt John's journey won't be heavy. Can you dig it?