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. Neemor Says:

    Jokes on everyone:

    Phish plays Appetitie for Destruction for Hallowed Halloween set.

    ^Headline in the Sun Sentinel next day….

  2. bearito Says:

    Flying solo into ONT llama and scooping a rental car from there.

  3. Neemor Says:

    Appetitie…that’s right.
    NOT the Guns N Roses album, something different.
    I hate typos.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    your could split your money evenly across Prince, Hendrix, the Stones, Bowie, and Other – so if one of the 5:1s pays off you’re even, hit one of the others to double or quadruple

    going all in on “Other” is a respectable move at this point

  5. fat bastard Says:

    i think its “other”

  6. Chuck D Says:

    i’m in the “other” boat; the one that is being rocked.

  7. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    I’m all in on “Other”. I firmly believe there is a unknown “killer album” out there killing off all the albums in the gallery. His identity will be revealed on Saturday. For now he is known as the” Indio Album Killer”

  8. fat bastard Says:

    updated odds

    EXILE 6/1
    HUNKY DORY 15/1
    PURPLE RAIN 20/1
    KID A 20/1
    OTHER 3/1

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    Phish plays Appetitie for Destruction for Hallowed Halloween set.

    ^ would be awesome!

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    okay, testing this out… I uploaded a zip file of a Halloween show of a band that gets a lot of grief on here. No, not that one. The other one. No, the OTHER one.

    Check this out and let me know whether it is deserved (I personally think this show rocks – especially the second set).

    If this works, I’ll change the link embedded in my screen name during *8* to make it easier…

  11. sumodie Says:

    @llamalee: There’s lots of folks going solo to F8, including myself. I arrive into Palm Springs airport at noon on Thursday.

    Forgot about those micro SD cards. Apparently my phone accepts them -guess I’ll have new tunes for the flight home.

  12. fat bastard Says:

    t-rex just died…..the killer is busy today.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    how the heck would MGMT have the same odds as Exile??

  14. Pence Says:

    I dont buy the 100th album theory. If it were true, I dont think many would think its to funny. Like the California, save the date map..which never really disappeared anyway

  15. llamalee Says:

    i’m starting to believe in the secret 100th album being the murderer and cover album, let it bleed-rolling stones is my bet

  16. fat bastard Says:

    rumor on the backstretch…not on the map…just my opinion

  17. Chuck D Says:

    There should be 2 kinds of “others” for odds purposes.

    1 – “other” is the “killer album” concept which would be an album not on the 99 list

    2 – “other” is one of the albums on the 99 list that is not included as a camp site.

  18. Kenny Powers Says:

    llamalee that’s a brilliant call

  19. albert walker Says:

    The Halloween album will neither be live or dead

    It will be Live Dead

    Really wish I at all believe this speculation

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    i think the festival this weekend is actually going to be in Limestone and y’all are gettin royally punk’d

  21. llamalee Says:

    haha mr. c, i didnt make up that theory kenny powers it on jamtopia

  22. sumodie Says:

    The killer is the other OTHER album. No, not that other -this other. Seriously.

  23. Ocelot42 Says:

    Type III, if that is what I think it is, make sure that’s on your Mediafire at least until after 6:00pm EST so I can have time to grab it after work. Because I’ve wanted that show for quite a while. (Well, nearly a year, I guess. Duh.) Is it the SBD? Because the auds I’ve heard of it have all been pretty bad quality. Either way, nice choice to upload and thank you.

  24. KWL Says:

    tix for Cobo & both Cinci below face on re-sale (scalper) ticket sites.

    tix still available for Philly through official channels.

    Love it. F you scalpers.

  25. fat bastard Says:

    updated odds

    EXILE 5/1
    HUNKY DORY 15/1
    PURPLE RAIN 20/1
    KID A 20/1
    OTHER of the 99 20/1
    “KILLER ALBUM” 4/1

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