Returning From The Desert

Festival 8 (A.Lansing)

Festival 8 (A.Lansing)

I just got out of the festival where I was relying on a communal, camp wireless card the entire weekend. Gotta deal with the RV and drive up north tomorrow, and I should be getting back to regular posting by later this week. And boy is there a lot to say! Sunday’s night’s show easily vaulted to the top shelf of 3.0 offerings with a second set chock-full of chunky dance grooves and a whole lot more. We will be looking at Phish’s eighth festival from all sorts of angles…when I get home!

592 Responses to “Returning From The Desert”

  1. BTB Says:

    I’m thinking they would stick to just an audio stream.

  2. Mitch Says:

    Heres the MSG meet and greet spreadsheet:

    Go there, sign up and I’ll add you to a spam free email list that will send out emails the week of for meeting up.

    Cheers! Neemor, you dont need to have an iPhone, anyone can sign up from any site. Just saying its for people with email phones during the week of the shows to get the updates.

  3. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Getting psyched. Just got a 1TB drive and am migrating my music library as we speak. In about an hour, I’ll be hooking up the AirPort Express and then I will be living the dream.

    Fest8 was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. I can’t even fully describe all the awesome things that happened to us but I’ll try to list a few. First off, flew in with few hassles, just had a 5 hour delay to wait for our cooler to make the connection. Gave us an excuse to hit the ocean for a nice dinner. No worries. Got into venue around midnight on Thursday night / Friday morning. Set up camp, met our neighbors, etc. We were just getting ready to go on a hunt when it showed up at our doorstep. Literally didn’t make it past the car. Next, we find out that our neighbors had a condo nearby, so the shelter, table, and chairs that they set up were not really going to be used by them! Score! Since we flew in, we didn’t have any of those things, which made our weekend much improved.

    Saturday morning, it became evident that we were going to have to get some ice. So, I went over to the general store (just 100 ft. or so away). They were out. So, I figured I’d walk over to the farmers market / main general store area (which was a pretty good hike). I made it about 200 ft. before a golf-cart piled high with ice came screaming by, and a big old bag fell off the cart at my feet. I kid you not. Just perfect. Sunday morning, we’re heading into the venue to watch some football and of all the games, what is on the big screen….that’s right Indianapolis Colts! I love it when a plan comes together. Then lastly, we’re just dancing during the 2nd set Sunday night, when out of the crowd, some guy strolls through with a picnic table and plops it down right in front of me. Then he takes off, leaving me and my crew with a picnic table to sit on at set break, set beers on, etc. Talk about kizmit, karma, and lady fortune all rolled into one. Then of course, Exile on Main St. is one of my all time favorite albums, so that didn’t suck either.

    Bottom line, everything that could have worked out for me this weekend did, even stuff I never expected. Thanks to all involved. I will scratch my brain for some other great stories as the week goes on.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    the feedback is positive because it worked. And lame as Sirius may be in many ways, it worked because their huge network was able to absorb a massive influx without any major glitches.

    I just don’t want anyone to expect that Phish should be able to easily do this in-house and make it work as well as Sirius did. It’s fucking hard and very expensive up-front to set up a service like that and I 100% guarantee you there would be major fuckups in the 1.0 version.

    I’m down with the idea, don’t get me wrong, just trying to keep expectations reasonable…

  5. albert walker Says:

    yes Mr C you know what the street has known for years

    the only real value in Siri is their satellites and

    why not use them to your advantage for good not evil

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    hahaha wow @GP420! you had it really dialled in, huh? nice!

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah albert. their infrastructure is amazing. it’s just everything else that’s fucking broken.

  8. chefbradford Says:

    1) Possibly
    2) Absolutely not

  9. snowbank Says:

    Mr C- You are in Eastern Washington, no? I am in Bellingham sadly. It would be great to hang out. Love to disc golf and have a family too. I totally hear you on the balance thing. Seems like it is a tough wave to ride – people either get consumed by drugs or work. point is that I think we have a lot in common, except for me only having been to about a dozen shows. 😉 Maybe we’ll meet at a show sometime…

    I am looking Mcrutcher’s photos… I totally sat and watched the grass dancing, right in front of the Oasis! I didn’t go make chit chat cause I was having trouble doing much but sitting and a set was about to start. Love it. Again, maybe next time.

  10. Mitch Says:

    wanna be at the top of the page, apology for double post

    Heres the MSG meet and greet spreadsheet:
    Go there, sign up and I’ll add you to a spam free email list that will send out emails the week of for meeting up.
    Cheers! Neemor, you dont need to have an iPhone, anyone can sign up from any site. Just saying its for people with email phones during the week of the shows to get the updates.

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    @snowbank – no, down in PDX. I used to visit Bellingham regularly in the 90s, actually a pretty cool little place. I’m up for meeting PT folks absolutely anytime y’all are in my town.

    hey, speaking of things that are going unremarked on, this Hood ain’t bad. Love the spacy interlude. Doesn’t have the shreddy trills at the top that an A+ Hood needs, but……

  12. sumodie Says:

    F8 security

    I expected security to have a stronger presence here than at other festivals, and it sounds like it was, although I never had a problem. The guy searching my car at first seemed to be overly curious, then he suddenly said I was OK -he never looked in my trunk or in any bags.

    Several folks I met bribed security at the car checkpoints ($15-20). Apparently that was all that was necessary to avoid any real hassles.

    While the concert venue security was a concern if it was NOT near showtime, every time I went through security near to show time I never had to open my backpack. In fact, no one touched me at all on nights #2 & #3. From what I could tell, with a little assertion and confidence, one could pass right on through with little hassle.

    After Thursday, anything could be found in the lots the rest of the weekend. I saw a few undercovers, but it looked like they were only chasing nitrous.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    the key to the Hood was the break out of the Burble. I think the band got a little lost in it as we in the crowd did. That thing was amazing, especially the first times it changed colors. The crowd was literally gasping around me.

  14. albert walker Says:

    I thougt Kuroda was hitting it with lights

    then each individual baloon started changing different colors

    no probably not Kuroda after that

    very cool

    there were also those glowing smoke breathing dragons walking around
    or was that just me

  15. sumodie Says:

    What? The crowd and band got lost in the burble? Impossible 8)

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    I saw a few undercovers, but it looked like they were only chasing nitrous.

    Wow. That’d be a nice fuckin change.

  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    What a blast!!

    I did not make it it out to much other that the shows and some random wandering over to the farmers market, Satuday. I watched a puppet show that was top notch in its writing and delivery.

    The missus wanted to see and explore as much as possible while I was commited to festival time. Needless to say I designed my own getting losts to ensure my own festival form.

    I also like how they announced the NYE run in the Phishbill. high-brow humor inside joke.

    Totally bummed I missed the Oasis! 🙁 Glad folks got it together there with a real team leading effort form Robear. Kudos!

    I spent a lot of time telling folks how glad I was that they got there safely and wished them safe future travels…

    Exile was a sincere highlight for me as it was on of the first rocknroll albums I ever listened to. My dad has it on vinyl still. The musics was blissful to say the least. Haven’t reheard anything yet from the whole weekend.

    Still wish they would let the ocelot out of the first set. Maybe next year!


  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    @ AW

    The dragons were there

    I have some great footage of the Burble during Hood. By great I mean I liked still at 5 in the morning on Saturday while using a freshly sanitized portopotty. Will submit to the IOC or FB site for official judging crtierion.

  19. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @aw – there were definitely fire breathing dragons….at least I saw them too. Nice to meet you at Robear’s, sorry I couldn’t stay longer, there was much to do and see.

  20. snowbank Says:

    Mr C – I will keep that in mind the next time I head down that way. Before the recession, BAM to PDX seemed like an impossible drive. With less traffic, it is more doable. And, of course, you can look me up if you are in the ‘ham. I posted my screen name to FB.

    I thought of a great costume driving to the airport: an “F8” key from a keyboard. Oh well, the glowing star on my Cowboy Bill costume seemed to please a few people.

    Security – A guy a couple sites down from me in Hunky Dory got busted saturday night and spent 8 hours in jail for selling herb to a under cover cop.

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    driving through Seattle is a hellish experience to be sure

  22. sumodie Says:

    F8 vs. East coast fests

    Someone here posted that this fest had far less of a chaotic free-for-all vibe than previous fests. Yes, that is very true.

    F8 was in a more controlled environment, security had a somewhat stronger presence, and for the first time we were all separated into 8 unconnected campgrounds (and off site hotels).

    But, F8 had no long traffic jams (everyone I met drove right into the ticket check entrances without waiting), and had a much better infrastructure set up ( including free showers, clean porto’s, bottled water, farmer’s market, tasty vendors), especially inside the concert venue. OK, water access could have been better, though I never had a problem as I always waltzed into the venue with a full camel pac.

    The west coast location was also the reason there was so much cool burning man art on display -the best art yet at a fest.

    F8 also did not have the extreme mountains of trash and out of control assholery as at the other fests (BC also didn’t have awful trash I might add). Yes, there was a stabbing incident, though the injured person didn’t have to leave the venue, if what I read is correct.

    Sure, I missed the remoteness and some of the good chaos of Limestone (and I’m ready to return there in the summer of 2010, hopefully), but I think the Polo Grounds is a fantastic venue -the positive trade-offs more than made up for the negative ones.

    I think the band knows this too, and will definitely want to return to Indio again. I cannot wait. F8 was like a ‘perfect storm’ of awesomeness.

  23. jdub Says:

    It’d be nice if they alternated every year between west coast and east coast and then through one in CO once in a while

  24. beepaphone Says:

    @ jdub ^ that would be perfect

    I would love a mountain fest for good measure

  25. snowbank Says:

    sumodie- I was just going to write about Indio in general. The local paper was very kind. They had an article on an organization of women that help each other go to concerts and thank you story. The whole tourism industry was dialed. both cab drivers that I talked to were stoked and said the whole valley was stoked cause they needed the money. I’d be down to go back any winter.

    The more I think about it, the more I think the key to that site was that it was a non-regular venue, but they also knew what they were doing from hosting Coachella.

    I also wish we could lessen the touring and have festivals every couple months. It was so nice to have everything there and not deal with “getting to the show” or tickets or people just coming to party in the lot. The sketchball factor was way lower than at any show I have been too. I realize that the emphasis on festivals would make tour more elitist in some ways, but it was such a great way to see a show.

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