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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456 Responses to “Five Reasons…”

  1. bearito Says:

    Who cares is right BTB! I went to LSU so it’s no surprise to see such a “devout fan”. 🙂

  2. lot rat Says:

    take the highway….

    any pictures out of the venue since the stage has been setup?

    soundcheck thursday evening?

    Im getting after it. anyone else truckin down from nocal on thursday? Ill be hauling ass down the highway ready to freak out.

    take it.

  3. BTB Says:

    I was at the superdome for the tOSU LSU national championship game. Had a pretty good time and got some good and bad southern hospitality. Drank Corona’s with a father son combo as our seats brushed up against the suites.

    Got called out by a very intoxicated southern boy for, and I quote, “Being a GD yankee”. I didn’t even know what to do with that. Challenge him to a duel?

    Congrats on having a home game for the NC – how convenient!!

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    invade his state and burn his house

    he had it comin’ tho – believe me, I know

    some football teams suck so bad they’re kind of entertaining, like the Raiders. Washington sucks in a particularly boring and listless way so far this season. I get a bad case of ennui watching them “play” – if they keep it up I’ll have to switch to schadenfreude, it’s not very classy but I can’t take the ennui much longer, just not goth enough I guess

  5. Ocelot42 Says:

    Come be an emo Lions fan. If you can make it all the way through a game without even thinking of killing yourself, then you’re not a true fan.

  6. BTB Says:

    There’s nothing worse than a terribly pathetic football team.

    Jamarcus Russell is laughing all the way to the bank. He’s completely retarded and someone gave him ungodly amounts of money.

  7. Ocelot42 Says:

    Come be an emo Lions fan. If you can make it through a whole game without once even thinking of killing yourself, then you aren’t a true fan.

  8. Phish...Yup Says:

    I really need a point in this game to cover the over of 37.5. This scoreless 3rd quarter has been quite annoying.

    Dear lord I wish I was packing for Eight right now and just stoked for the Simulcast.

  9. bearito Says:

    BTB – I was at that game as well and I’m sure you got some nasty remarks from some unruly folk. Unfortunately, that’s a rather common occurrence down here. Especially LSU fans! There a bunch of loose cannons and I’ve been embarrassed on more than one occasion.

    And yes, it is undoubtedly, always convenient to have a home game for a NC game. Although it was an hour away from Baton Rouge, the Tigers were definitely “more at home.”

  10. Selector J Says:

    Halloween reggae’s on…

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    you know a game is boring when all that’s left to hold your interest is the side action

    i love hearing them talk about Jamarcus Russell lacking “football intelligence” – he’s fat dumb and lazy, aka QB Fail Trifecta – amazing he’s not in the NFC West, really

    the Raiders aren’t even the worst team in their division!

    “parity” my ass

  12. BTB Says:

    I’d say more at home than columbus! Although are legions of overweight midwesterners with nothing better to do travel quite well. I was at USC last year and at LSU NC game and at Texas 3 years ago.

    For me personally, College Football and PH are my addictions.

    The MNF game is pretty boring. And OCELOT – I think I’ve seen you at a Lions game, your the fan with the bag over your head right? I’m about to join you as a, cough, browns fan. Although I’ve pretty much stopped watching the browns. I choose to sort my sock drawer instead.

  13. bearito Says:


  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’m in, selector…need to smoke more weed tho

  15. Selector J Says:

    ^ that’s a given.

  16. bearito Says:

    I would love to listen Selector but my GF tripped on the cable that connects my macbook headphone jack, and my stereo input resulting in a broken off head, stuck in the headphone jack. Just the tip is stuck. No audio till I get that mofo outta there. Of course I couldn’t get overly mad. She was celebrating a Saints touchdown yesterday and just jumped up all “willy-nilly” and happened to be standing by the frickin’ cable. Tips for safely exorcising said tip would greatly be appreciated.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Something I’ve noticed about doing these setlists is that they really do usually have a good break point somewhere near the middle. On here, the commenting changes when the West Coasters come on. It’s like when the lights go down outdoors for the second set. There’s a fifth element that wasn’t visible before.

    Have a great week, everyone. I’ll be back after *8*. I’ll see who I can at The Oasis. Thanks again, Neemor.

    Reasons* >
    Varied Topics (edit)>
    Making Plans**>
    Quick Wit****
    Laying Odds>
    The Lurker^>
    Mafia (Woodworks)>
    Topics Reprise^^^>
    First Puffs
    Looking Forward>
    Weed Olympics
    Early Departures

    E: Chatter>
    Kind Words>

    1st set had several album teases and a definite Indio theme. 2nd set had several Kenny Powers quotes and returned occasionally to a Lurker theme
    * Bitter teases
    ** Setlist Transfer
    *** Coventry Jam
    **** Rotation Jam
    ***** extended jam with additional Exile Jam
    ^ Positive teases, Band Intros
    ^^ Positive Jam
    ^^^ Sirius Jam
    ^^^^ Lurker teases, 40s Jam

  18. ThePigSong Says:

    @ miner, did you happen to pick five reasons because of the first track on Ziggy?
    I’ve been singing five years to myself for weeks, but substituting ‘5’ for the number of days left before f8

  19. JED22 Says:

    first thank you mr. miner
    I also lurk and read the great posts here
    having 3rd child in next few days we both loved the birth posts

    will only be able to see the 2 natti-who dey
    hope all have great time in cali

  20. Phish...Yup Says:

    Great setlist Type III.

    Finally they scored a point in the 2nd half with 1:38 left in the game for the cover. Man I wish I was using that $50 profit to buy a stash at Eight.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ^^^ Sirius Jam
    ^^^^ Lurker teases, 40s Jam

    dang. should be

    ^^^ Sirius Jam, Lurker teases, 40’s Jam

  22. beepaphone Says:

    cant believe i missed “first puff” and “weed olympics”. Gonna have to backtrack tomorrow for sure.

  23. Selector J Says:

    @Bearito: That sucks, dude. But hell yea for the Saints. My bro-in-law is a NOLA solja and big Saints fan. He stayed with us after Katrina and we’d go kick it at this place on gamedays that has an over-sized Saint’s helmet on the roof (made out of an old VW- I think) and cheer on the Saints with the rest of the refugees in Austin.

    Thanks for tuning in peoples. Hope you liked the music (and the incoherent ramblings weren’t too distracting).

  24. bearito Says:

    Nice to hear Selector! Almost went to Austin after the storm but chased a lady friend to FLA instead. Will def tune in when possible.

  25. bearito Says:

    3 days. Peace y’all!

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