Five Reasons…

… why Festival 8 will be one of the greatest Phish experiences of all-time.


1. Holiday + Festival = Huge Phish

AJ Masthay Festival 8 Print (Unofficial)

AJ Mathsay Festival 8 Print

Combining one of the high-holy days of the Phish calendar, with their unparalleled festival tradition, the band has created an unparalleled atmosphere around Indio. The only other holiday festival was Big Cypress, and we all know how that turned out. The merging of two of Phish’s greatest rites has everyone on the edge of their seat, awaiting to see how the Halloween theme is infused throughout the vast playground of dreams. Phish festivals are among the greatest memories of all of our lives, and now, in 2009, we are about to create another weekend that will live with us eternally. No travelling or driving around necessary, no hassle or concern; all Phish, all the time, amidst a gargantuan psychedelic carnival. And the music – festival-sized Phish jams growling from speaker towers built to blow us away – all while having as much space as we’ve ever dreamt of for all of our friends to throw down; forget about it. There’s not a feeling in the world like it. And its about to happen again.


2. Three Days

festival8-caNever has a Phish event lasted so long; not Big Cypress, not The Clifford Ball, and not Amy’s Farm. Three days and eight sets equals an unprecedented event in the band’s history. Whereas every festival but Big Cypress has occurred within a tour, Phish and their organization have had months to prepare, rehearse, and conceive of every imaginable detail for this week’s stand-alone event. Each Phish weekend of lore seemed like a flash – a psychedelic dream that ended too soon. But this time, tack on another day – then add the day before the music where everyone sets up camp – and we’ve got ourselves a four-day Phish freak scene! The ability to be in one place with your crew and relax all together, instead of jumping in separate cars and chasing highways all night long is priceless. This laid-back scenario will certainly create endless sessions of carefree chillage, where the only concern will be when the next set starts. For four days we will live a dream.


3. The Weather

sunshineAnd for those four days, the weather will be divine. While every other festival took place in the unpredictable weather of the northeastern summer, southern California in October couldn’t be more opposite. With day after day of cloudless sunshine, the Palm Springs area is the place people go to guarantee themselves a sunny vacation. This blissful detail cannot be underestimated when reflecting on the camp-wrecking downpour at The Great Went and the 100-degree temperatures at Oswego. With temperatures predicted to range between 90 and 50, and no foreseeable precipitation, both the days and nights in the desert will be delectable.


4. The Album Mystery

Huey Lewis Is Dead - Or Is He?The band has hyped their Halloween mystery more than ever before, making everyone a musical detective over the past month with their own theories and reasoning. The mystery has drawn in the entire community, creating unparalleled excitement and anticipation, and a huge set-up for a prank if you ask me. Campground names have leaked, albums continue to be killed, and everyone is wrapped up in a guessing game – just how Phish wanted it. Known for toying with their fans in more ways than one, this time they have everyone, hook, line and sinker. It will be intriguing to discover how the answer unfolds; and to see if the band uses their first show as a platform for musical allusion and illusion. Instead of “Trick or Treat,” what ever happens in Indio will certainly be a “Trick and a Treat.” And I can’t freakin’ wait to get there!


5. The Acoustic Set

phish_hdrBreakfast with Phish; glazed eight-shaped donuts, coffee and a fresh California harvest will make this early affair one to remember. Whether up all night or arising for a morning serenade, Phish’s Sunday morning greeting promises to hold more than a few surprises. They have been working on and rehearsing the acoustic set, according to their own website, thus one can believe it will be more than a string of bluegrass songs. Having never done this before, this “full-length” acoustic set will represent new musical ground for the band. An intimate set on a grand scale; the juxtaposition should be interesting. If Phish is ever going to break out the Gamehendge saga again, this could be the time to do it.


Jam of the Day: Festival Week

Wolfman’s > Simple” 8.16.97 II


A classic segment from The Great Went.



12.5.97 CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH < Torrent

12.5.97 CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH < Megaup.

phish-power-95While crafting the upcoming audio archive, I found this to be the only show from Fall ’97 not posted on this site. A tremendous first set and an out of the ordinary second set kicked off a memorable midwestern run during the second half of tour. Highlights include “Ghost,” “Jim > My Friend,” Stash,” “Julius,” and “Slave.”

I: Ghost > Wilson, Funky Bitch, Black-Eyed Katy, Sparkle, Runaway Jim > My Friend, My Friend, Ginseng Sullivan, Limb By Limb, Character Zero

II: Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Julius*> Slave to the Traffic Light* > The Lizards, Loving Cup, Chalk Dust Torture

E: Bold As Love


Source: Schoeps cmc621 > Sonosax > sv255

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  1. meatsticktime Says:

    Can’t agree with you more Mr. Miner, meet up for a beer @ 8?

    stashpdx @ Gmail

  2. Baxter Says:

    Mike says Yes. Best time ever. Trip or treat time!

  3. albert walker Says:

    reason #6 totally stoked for festi 8

    The Boys are Back

    Red Rocks- Tweezer
    Gorge- Sally

    3 days and 6 sets of electric Phish.
    They are really going to open up some jams out in Cali, no doubt

  4. Kenny Powers Says:

    reason #7:

    due to daylight savings time kicking in overnight on Halloween, 5 out ofo the 6 electric Phish sets will be under pure darkness, letting CK work his magic to the fullest!

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    reason #8

    The BEST show is the NEXT show!!!

  6. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    @ Miner

    Speaking of the Charlottesville show, are these tickets going to be easy to get? I am trying to find some myself and was wondering why you put in a few of your comments you could pick one up off the ground?

  7. Walfredo420 Says:

    you forgot to mention that you can sleep in!!

  8. fat bastard Says:

    reason #9 HARVEST TIME

  9. stitchstash Says:

    @ ColonelJ — Wow! Your costume sounds amazing! I wish you were going to 8. I think you would win the costume contest in a heartbeat. Thanks for the inspiration! A show on your birthday! What more could you ask for! Darien was my B-day show this summer. I don’t think I’m going to either of the Philly shows, so Happy early Birthday! I’m keeping my fingers crossed, my husband said we weren’t going to 8, & now we’re flying out Thursday morning!

    @ Miner — Great write up as always! I can’t wait for 8!

  10. fat bastard Says:

    reason # 10
    almost a full moon, nxt full moon is nov 2nd, so it will be at 96% light for late night craziness

  11. Kenny Powers Says:

    great observation fat bastard! and with clear desert skies it will be super bright!

  12. empire01 Says:

    dam I wish I could be there…oh well looking forward to 2010. This would be the second phish festival I miss out on, wasn’t there for The Went. What kills me about missing this one is the fact that I never have gone to a phish halloween show..have a great time everyone, memories that will last a lifetime!!!

  13. Neemor Says:

    Son of a bitch.
    I was just getting over not getting to 8 and now this…
    what an asshole.
    Just kidding.
    Sort of.
    You guys are so lucky, I hope that a lot of first-timers get to make it to Indio and experience the magic that is a Phestival.
    I can now only hang my hat on the idea that I’ve been to four and am aging a little bit, but when it comes down to it…..I still really want to be there.
    For all the things Miner mentioned above.
    I see now more clearly than ever that Ph has us in mind more than anything, our comfort, our enjoyment and our anticipation and I will continue to support any band that can produce results like these.
    On a side note:
    I was completely shut out of lottery, could not get through to on-sales and through the generosity of the pholks on this board I was able to stumble into tickets for every single show I wanted to see this Autumn in the northeast.
    CCCC, MSG and possibly Albany.
    I can’t thank you guys enough, you know who you are!

  14. JMelby Says:

    I leave in 3 hrs! Could barely sleep last night. Love this pre-Phish feeling. Going to Phoenix to spend some time with a best friend b/4 Indio. Warm weather is coming and this Mn Son needs some southern sun.

    Travel safe all and see ya there.

  15. Robear Says:

    Nice write up. I almost jumped out of my skin this morning!

    Reason #11:

    Frozen Margaritas @ the Oasis

    I should be in regular RV parking, even though we’re on the guest list.

    Neemor, Colonel, Mr. C, and others, we’ll be transmitting good vibes your way on all accessible and hard to reach frequencies throughout!

  16. A.Hill Says:

    Let’s do this!!!

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    my flight to Vegas leaves in 6x8 hours. 3x8 hours after that, we’ll be in the RV to Indio. 3x8 hours after that it’ll be 8 hours until the first set! Everything is eights now.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh, and if you don’t think I’m going to ride 8 on the craps table in Vegas, well, you’ve got another thing coming, sir.

  19. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    Has there been serious discussion about if there’s going to be a late night set, a la the flatbed, the disco set, the Tower Jam?

    I’m quivering with anticipation.

    Second question: Should I be concerned if I don’t yet have a car pass? Is there a way to get one at this late date?

  20. beepaphone Says:

    give it a spin on roulette too

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    I’m with you Neemor…terrible article for those of us who can’t make it, lol. Miner, great article that makes me want to be there even more. It really is gonna be the BEST ONE YET, they’re pulling out all the stops – a harvest-time feast for the senses, spirit, and soul – a perfect Halloween experience!

    At least I’m reading the article on vaca, makes it a little more tolerable 😉
    Now off for more delightful jamaican highmountian hippie speedball – mmmm

  22. A_Glide Says:

    I heard they are setting up the “Northern Lights” behind the stage? Not sure what that will look like, but should be pretty sweet. I also heard there will be a bunch of 3D cameras there for a later movie release.

    I can’t make it until Saturday morning because of work, does anyone have any suggestions on getting from Palm Springs to Indio Saturday morning? I’m thinking I’ll just hang out by the rental cars til I find someone going that way…

  23. Robear Says:

    Leo, tougher to generate sympathy when you’re sitting on the beach in Jamaica! 🙂

  24. Robear Says:

    THE big question for Indio:

    Does Mr. Miner reveal his identity to his legion of loyal readers and bloggers?

  25. fat bastard Says:

    robear- how will we find the oasis?

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