Carson Daly admits ‘I thought I was going to die’ a Woodstock ’99: ‘It got insane, fast’

Daly just about survived Woodstock ’99 (Picture: Getty/Netflix)

Carson Daly has recalled thinking he might actually die while presenting MTV at the hellish Woodstock ’99 festival.

The disaster has been reopened in a three-part Netflix docuseries titled Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99, with punters, some of the artists and people who worked on the festival remembering the three day chaos and revealing how it became doomed.

With the 200,000 crowd left to bake in scorching temperatures with limited shelter, water costing $4 a bottle and food prices breaking the bank, eventually the audience began to riot.

The site was burned down, vendors were looted and countless people were crushed or injured in the destruction.  

d at the event while at least four women came forward to say they’d been raped.

Daly was hosting the most popular show on MTV, TRL Live, from the side of the mainstage which hosted bands such as Limp Bizkit and Korn and has now revealed his nightmare experience.

Speaking to his fans on Instagram, he said: ‘All I can say is I thought I was going to die. It started off great, TRL live from the side of main stage interviewing all the bands (like Jay from Jamiroquai) & then started getting pelted with bottles, rocks, lighters, all of it. It got insane, fast. Nightfall, Limp plays ‘Break Stuff’ & the prisoners were officially running the prison.’

Daly hosted MTV’s most popular show TRL (Picture: Instagram/CarsonDaly)

He continued: ‘My boss MTV Dave says to our staff/crew backstage, “We can no longer guarantee your safety, it’s time to go!”

‘I remember being in a production van driving recklessly through corn fields to get to safety. It was so crazy & a blur now.

‘I just remember feeling like I was in another country during military conflict. I have so many fun memories from that era, this was not one of them.

‘Needless to say, I haven’t taken the fam back to Rome, NY for a vacation.’

The documentary includes interviews some of Daly’s MTV co-stars, who recalled similar tales.

At one point, the crowd began throwing items including rocks and TV crews, furious at anyone who appeared to be privileged enough to escape the monstrosity.

Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 is available to stream on Netflix now.


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