Festival 8 Announced In Indio!

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Forget “Save the Date,” we’ve got Festival 8!  After much speculation, the logistics have been hammered out and  Phish’s Halloween festival has been announced.  As expected, we will be meeting on the outskirts of the desert at Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA for three nights beginning on October 30th.  Combining two of Phish’s most hallowed traditions, the band will play their first solo-festival of the modern era and their first Halloween show since 1998.  Eight sets over three days, including a musical costume, equals the biggest bash Phish has ever thrown- even if it doesn’t have the most creative name.  And tickets go on sale Monday!

Empire Polo Fields, Indio, CA

Empire Polo Fields, Indio, CA

It’s great to finally see confirmation of this three-night desert throwdown, and the return to the old-school Phish festival.  In the list of “What Will Be Provided To Campers” things provided for campers on the festival’s site amenities, along side ATMs and cell phone charging station are “a communal sense of rapture” and” occasional deja vu.”  While intended for humor, both of these “items” are completely accurate and they will engulf us as we re-enter Phish’s fantasy land once again;  this time, on the west coast, and amidst psychedelic surroundings.

Empire Polo Fields

Here We Come!

There will be camping, RV accommodations, as well as day parking for those staying off site.  Three sunrises in the desert- we are in for something special.  The festival will open at noon on the 29th and close at noon on the 3rd- this is gonna’ be fun!  With a webiste strewn with humor, and a comical FAQ, things are feeling a bit more at normal with the Phish spirit back, hosting festivals, and playing Halloween shows.  With Red Rocks less than a week away, everyone’s attention will be diverted for the weekend, as they think about what might become in the biggest Phish event ever! I’ll see you there!

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Jam of the Day:

“Stash” 8.15.93 L’ville, KY SBD (listen only)


Here we have a devastating “Stash” from Louisville, KY from the summer of ’93- the day after the famous Tinley Park show.  Another spectacular piece of improvisation from August ’93, this one is a psychedelic masterpiece.  Exploratory and cohesive simultaneously, this one steps to the edge of the abyss and looks over, before plummeting back to earth; some high-quality lunacy to kick off the weekend!



10.28.91 Elk Ballroom, Telluride, CO SBD < TORRENT

10.28.91 Elk Ballroom, Telluride, CO SBD < MEGAUP.

Fall Tour 1991 Poster

Fall Tour 1991 Poster

Finishing off the week with another old school soundboard, this Colorado show right before Halloween brought more than a few treats.  An Fall ’91 installment contains early incarnations of ‘Tube,” Harpua,” and the covers “Whipping Post” and “Highway to Hell.”  Enojy the final weekend before Red Rocks!

I: Runaway Jim, Cavern, Poor Heart, Reba, I Didn’t Know, Tube, Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Foam, Fee > David Bowie

II: The Divided Sky, Wilson, Dinner and a Movie, Stash, Paul and Silas, Bathtub Gin, You Enjoy Myself, The Squirming Coil, Whipping Post*, Harpua, Highway to Hell

E: Horn, Rocky Top

*With Mimi Fishman (Fish’s mom) on vacuum and Fish on slide guitar

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362 Responses to “Festival 8 Announced In Indio!”

  1. SOAM Says:

    another band played there back then too-their stage names were:

    Ivory Tinkler

  2. SOAM Says:

    I’D like to bitchslap Dweezil and pork moonunit


  3. Mr. Completely Says:


  4. larry bird flu Says:

    i just had a vision. an elvis costello album for halloween. dont know why but look out

  5. gavinsdad Says:

    @ soam – you check out ZPZ in the past year or two? they are gnar. i had my face melted off at last years Vibes and a one-off in harrisburg, PA in the 9th row. sick sick all-pro band.

    but i digress…some of you lucky mf’ers are seeing 4 nites at RR.

    @ mr c – BONUS POINTS

  6. BrandonKayda Says:

    I just think The Wall drags during the second half.

    If they do Zappa, they might as well go all the way and do Joe’s Garage. A LOT of space for improvisation there. That would be a pretty fucking long set though, over 2 hours. I’d love to see it though. Maybe Dweez could come and jam with them.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    no hot rats would be the best zappa album to do

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Colonel – That is awesome! You deserve it!

  9. Stupendous Says:

    The Wall would def drag (way more than quadrophenia)!

    how bout a CCR album? or Traffic’s “low spark of the high-heeled boys”…
    traffic would blow my mind….I can hear page singing most of it…

  10. Jay Says:

    @MSB – “Jay, What Time is it?”

    time to run like an antelope

  11. Stupendous Says:

    ooooh how bout that blind faith album… Clapton? Winwood? Baker? Hmmmm

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    hot rats is musically a fantastic choice but the rearrangements would be complicated as hell

  13. Jay Says:

    it time to get saved by rock and roll

  14. Jay Says:

    time to fly like a famous mokingbird

  15. Jay Says:

    time to float on the bottom (or the top which ever floats your boat)

  16. Jay Says:

    time to get acclimated to thin air

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    There will be a Forbin’s>Mockingbird at Red Rocks. I can feel it

  18. Jay Says:

    time to live beneath the dirt

  19. fat bastard Says:

    there aint no time to stash the gumo

  20. Jay Says:

    time for the last rewind

  21. Jay Says:

    time to sneak sally through the alley

  22. whole tour! Says:

    time time time for the last rewind

  23. fat bastard Says:

    the time is here your missions clear

  24. whole tour! Says:

    time for the meatstick

  25. Jay Says:

    time to spend my nights in bars

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