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. VTsnowboarder802 Says:


  2. Kenny Powers Says:

    honest man llama

  3. Kenny Powers Says:

    KWL, that’s crazy – i thought all shows sold out in minutes? i know the ones i tried did…although philly was not one of them. i would’ve thought philly would be crazy high demand.

  4. sumodie Says:

    Speaking of Let It Bleed, the name of the supposed F8 mystery female vocalist is around the net if folks need to know.

    I recall Neemor’s diatribe against knowing too much about F8 before arriving. Of course, it’s my own fault for seeking out such info. But personally, I don’t feel like anything has been spoiled (yet) -if anything, my curiosity has only been amplified. Perhaps I should go dark for the next few days…

  5. KWL Says:

    @KP me too, but as of yesterday there were still upper levels available via comcast tix to Philly night 2. A good sign for all of us.

  6. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    I say
    switch lamb and purple rain

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    well, Ocelot, that depends on what band you think it is… 🙂

    the one linked is the SBD. I’m not taking it down any time soon.

    I do have last year’s Halloween of another of the bands that people here hate (you all know I’m kidding, right?) which I’ll upload when I get home. I went to that one myself.

  8. snowbank Says:

    I think the important thing is that despite putting all of the albums up and the leaked campground maps… we are still guessing and I will be surprised but whatever they play… though I wish I knew so I could give it a listen.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    @sumodie – if that rumor is true it’s great news. She’s fucking awesome. Seriously. Her name came to my mind as soon as the “female vocalist” rumor started. Having her onstage puts every vocal-oriented album in legit play.

  10. Boris Says:

    Well…don’t they have this black chick and her band playing with them?

    doesn’t that REALLY limit the remaining possibilities unless of course it is a unknown album chosen

  11. snowbank Says:

    Article on F8 from the local paper:

  12. Neemor Says:

    Who can illucidate that female vocalist rumor?
    Mr. C? Sumodie?

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    I would actually guess that it’s just her and NOT the band – that part is probably bunk – or at least it’s hard to see how all that would fit together

    great band though

  14. Neemor Says:

    sorry elucidate

  15. Kenny Powers Says:

    i just want to say something – one of the greatest aspects of this blog and the people who chat here is the patient manner in which people respond when someone makes and incorrect statement or asks what may be considered a “noob” question.

    My wife (very new phan) had been lurking on because a couple friends from work introduced her to it. she finally started posting comments/questions and a couple other regulars (one especially) jumped on her and were really vile, juvenile, nasty. she hadn’t let her gender be known, which shouldn’t make a difference but probably does, but still. Their comments/attack weren’t sexual in nature or anything, they were just like “you fucking idiot, do you know anything? everyone knows that, poser…”, and a couple other people actually jumped into the fray. i told my wife to just walk away and to hell with that site. but it really bothered her and stayed with her all night. she had become really psyched to feel “welcome” in a new scene and totally gets IT. i told her she should come over to PT.

    i would say an overwhelming majority of posters/lurkers here are male, so while it would be understandable for things to degenerate into sausage tomfoolery – ok, well maybe it does a little sometimes – but it’s always in fairly good taste and if someone got out of line, i’m confident that y’all would come together and call out the asshole and tell him to shape up or get lost. i just think it’s SO GOOD to have such a welcoming, intelligent, spontaneous bunch with this site and i hope as Miner ascends the ranks of blogdom and denizens of new readers jump on it doesn’t change the vibe here.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:


    look away if you care

    coming up next

    right below here
    Jamtopia says it’s Sharon Jones “and the Dap-Kings” (her band). I believe the Sharon Jones part, the band not so much.

    She’s great.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    im no longer looking for knowledge of what will happen at 8…..

  18. BTB Says:

    Was there any “MATH” calculated in the odds? Decision Tree breakdown? AW you know a derivatives guy who can break this down?

    Exile on Main St…

    Side one

    1. “Rocks Off” – 4:32
    2. “Rip This Joint” – 2:23
    3. “Shake Your Hips” (Slim Harpo) – 2:59
    4. “Casino Boogie” – 3:33
    5. “Tumbling Dice” – 3:45

    Side two

    1. “Sweet Virginia” – 4:25
    2. “Torn and Frayed” – 4:17
    3. “Sweet Black Angel” – 2:54
    4. “Loving Cup” – 4:23

    Side three

    1. “Happy” – 3:04
    2. “Turd on the Run” – 2:37
    3. “Ventilator Blues” (Jagger, Richards, Mick Taylor) – 3:24
    4. “I Just Want to See His Face” – 2:52
    5. “Let It Loose” – 5:17

    Side four

    1. “All Down the Line” – 3:49
    2. “Stop Breaking Down” (Robert Johnson) – 4:34
    3. “Shine a Light” – 4:14
    4. “Soul Survivor” – 3:49

    8th song is “Sweet Black Angel” and some Key words in the titles of some of these song names related to PH’s new ‘joy’ kick.

    I could definitely see this

  19. fat bastard Says:

    im a derivatives guy but my analysis has always been total crap.

  20. Mitch Says:

    12.4 – I have a sect 70 and a floor seat. I would like a pair together in the 100 level (not side or behind stage) I figure someone going solo with a pair of seats may wanna upgrade and use the floor and sell the sect 70.

    tickets at facemelt dot net

    If I’m bothering everyone with my repeated ticket posts, just let me know and I’ll stop.

  21. Mitch Says:

    well said. I think we are a fairly respectable bunch… and Miner can boot whoever he wants anyway.

  22. Mitch Says:

    Can someone tell me the significance of the Pollock poster on todays post? What are they picketing?

  23. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    @ miner

    I have seen some of your post looking for a ticket for Charlottesville, but in the end you always say you coul pick one up off the ground, I am also looking for tickets to this show, do you think they will be weasy to get at the venue right before showtime or what does this saying reference?

  24. tela'smuff Says:

    just to continue my every few days proclamation – it will without a doubt be Exile.

    again, been saying this since day 1 of word of this festival. never doubted it. sign sealed delivered.

  25. Ocelot42 Says:

    I think I know who it is, Type III. At least, I hope I’m right. Did the whole show seriously compress down to 77MB? That’s surprising. Even on Archive the zip files tend to come out in the high hundreds, low two-hundreds.

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