Festival 8 Announced In Indio!

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Forget “Save the Date,” we’ve got Festival 8!  After much speculation, the logistics have been hammered out and  Phish’s Halloween festival has been announced.  As expected, we will be meeting on the outskirts of the desert at Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA for three nights beginning on October 30th.  Combining two of Phish’s most hallowed traditions, the band will play their first solo-festival of the modern era and their first Halloween show since 1998.  Eight sets over three days, including a musical costume, equals the biggest bash Phish has ever thrown- even if it doesn’t have the most creative name.  And tickets go on sale Monday!

Empire Polo Fields, Indio, CA

Empire Polo Fields, Indio, CA

It’s great to finally see confirmation of this three-night desert throwdown, and the return to the old-school Phish festival.  In the list of “What Will Be Provided To Campers” things provided for campers on the festival’s site amenities, along side ATMs and cell phone charging station are “a communal sense of rapture” and” occasional deja vu.”  While intended for humor, both of these “items” are completely accurate and they will engulf us as we re-enter Phish’s fantasy land once again;  this time, on the west coast, and amidst psychedelic surroundings.

Empire Polo Fields

Here We Come!

There will be camping, RV accommodations, as well as day parking for those staying off site.  Three sunrises in the desert- we are in for something special.  The festival will open at noon on the 29th and close at noon on the 3rd- this is gonna’ be fun!  With a webiste strewn with humor, and a comical FAQ, things are feeling a bit more at normal with the Phish spirit back, hosting festivals, and playing Halloween shows.  With Red Rocks less than a week away, everyone’s attention will be diverted for the weekend, as they think about what might become in the biggest Phish event ever! I’ll see you there!

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Jam of the Day:

“Stash” 8.15.93 L’ville, KY SBD (listen only)


Here we have a devastating “Stash” from Louisville, KY from the summer of ’93- the day after the famous Tinley Park show.  Another spectacular piece of improvisation from August ’93, this one is a psychedelic masterpiece.  Exploratory and cohesive simultaneously, this one steps to the edge of the abyss and looks over, before plummeting back to earth; some high-quality lunacy to kick off the weekend!



10.28.91 Elk Ballroom, Telluride, CO SBD < TORRENT

10.28.91 Elk Ballroom, Telluride, CO SBD < MEGAUP.

Fall Tour 1991 Poster

Fall Tour 1991 Poster

Finishing off the week with another old school soundboard, this Colorado show right before Halloween brought more than a few treats.  An Fall ’91 installment contains early incarnations of ‘Tube,” Harpua,” and the covers “Whipping Post” and “Highway to Hell.”  Enojy the final weekend before Red Rocks!

I: Runaway Jim, Cavern, Poor Heart, Reba, I Didn’t Know, Tube, Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Foam, Fee > David Bowie

II: The Divided Sky, Wilson, Dinner and a Movie, Stash, Paul and Silas, Bathtub Gin, You Enjoy Myself, The Squirming Coil, Whipping Post*, Harpua, Highway to Hell

E: Horn, Rocky Top

*With Mimi Fishman (Fish’s mom) on vacuum and Fish on slide guitar

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362 Responses to “Festival 8 Announced In Indio!”

  1. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’d love to man, but I’m only 15 for one, so beers are out of the picture. And then there’s the small restraint that I’m going with my dad, so that kind of cuts the chances of both of these from zero to none.

    But thanks for the offer man, seriously. I appreciate it. Doesn’t mean we can’t talk before the show/inbetween sets right?

    Enjoy yourself man,


  2. BrandonKayda Says:

    To Larry

  3. halcyon Says:

    In the spirit of Fuck You, Penguin …….. http://fuckyouphish.blogspot.com/

    This is funny. Everyone will enjoy this one.

  4. larry bird flu Says:

    my bad brandon. i knew you were one of the younger posters but i didnt realize how young. i remeber going to a trey show back in 01 or 02 cant remember which, went with my dad and a few of my friends, the old man had a blast. thats very cool your bringing your dad

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    No problem man. My dad has never heard Phish before, so I miight back him a mix-tape of sorts of live material that we can listen to on the way there.

    I’m sure it’ll be a great time regardless, my first show. Phish always plays good shows at the Merriweather.

  6. William H. Bonney Says:

    Tickets for 8. Already on stub hub!

  7. Shafty Says:

    Hey Colonel Joy
    That was the best thing I have heard all day. USA USA USA!

  8. Stupendous Says:

    “pause before you try convincing anyone you don’t know – they will be competing for your ticket in a year – better off letting them languish in musical hell”

    ^^ I sorta felt like this about the sleater kinney deal….felt like asking…why would we want to convince people to like phish? Its not for everybody.
    For me its something you get to after being a music connoisseur for a certain amount of time…. Some people may never get there….Some people dont want to get there, theyre just not interested..If you were not part of the chosen breed then you shouldnt be forced… IMO showing the “promise land” that is Phish to those who dont want to get there or arent ready is what generates so much haters

  9. bearito Says:

    @ Stupendous

    I agree

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    “NYE 1998: 1999, Tweezer>Cities, Antelope
    JotD Stash, Star Lake Set I, Mud Island SoaMelt, ‘97 Lakewood Julius, Water in the Sky, and Limb by Limb”

    ^^ good day of listening Leo!

  11. mr. icculus Says:

    What is the capacity that this festival will hold any guesses? How big is the coachella festival they host every year?

  12. mr. icculus Says:

    love that old school Bowie video

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