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. joe Says:

    Sweet! Just announced on Jam On Sirius that all of Festival 8 is being broadcast this weekend!

  2. Danny B Says:

    Mr. C-Maybe the next T-shirt design should feature fishman
    Or perhaps Fishman communicating with Gordon via thought bubbles

  3. BTB Says:

    Mr. C – I’m digging the orange. We need a Type III setlist on the back though IMO.

  4. Neemor Says:

    I will need to purchase one also, needed to get tickets out of the way first.
    Maybe keep through ’09.
    It’s remarkable how well that service works on getting tees out, though.

  5. Neemor Says:

    I now hate that I don’t have Sirius.
    What a blasphemer I am.

  6. albert walker Says:

    Anyone getting in to Ontario airport on Thursday night
    I’m getting in at 8:15 and am looking for a way into Indio.
    The rest of my crew is getting in on Wednesday.

    May have to just rent a car myself to drive in.

  7. KWL Says:

    I bet many people used up their 1 week free trial on sirius to listen to the festivalographies. Still sweet news though. Parties at the houses of anyone who has sirius!

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    Neemor and everyone,

    You can get a free 30 day Sirius trial at their website that gives you internet access to, supposedly, everything.

    So I’ll be doing that.

  9. Neemor Says:

    Thank you Mr. C.

  10. yematt Says:

    I gotta say, I read this sight regularly but don’t post up my thoughts. I found this site over the summer on a google search for torrents after the fenway show and just started coming back for the daily miner review. Wishing I could be at f8 but will have to wait until they reach my home state in Va

  11. joe Says:

    followed up the announcement with YEM from Gorge. Sounds pretty good despite some flubs by trey. more than excited for a returned to the “west coast sound” filtered through a stretched out “festival sound”.

  12. ColonelJoy Says:

    Looks like I’ll be getting a Serius online trial subscription…

  13. HarryHood Says:

    I have to be honest, I always thought that having to pay for radio was ridiculous, but now that I have Xm/Sirious I don’t know what I would do without it. Having JamOn is worth the subscription by itself, and you don’t have to keep changing stations as you drive out of service areas. You can also listen online with your subscription.

  14. joe Says:

    not sure how my own account works as far as multiple users at once, etc. but I might be able to hook a few kind souls up if possible on a limited basis for the shows. We’ll have to figure that one out.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’d pay one brand new crisply folded american grennback dollar to see Sirius’ web stats for # of hits on their free trial page in the hours immediately preceding and following this announcement

  16. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Thanks for the tip MrC. Will be getting that 30 day trial now.

  17. KWL Says:

    @Joe they announced it on the radio? Don’t see anything on the site yet.

  18. Chuck D Says:

    I’ve been disappointed by the number of repeats on JamOn. One of the defining concepts of “Jamband” music is that is never the same. They could play 10 different versions of Wolfman’s Brother, but instead they play the same track from the same live phish album every single time. They need to break away from the traditional pop-based radio format for JamOn to be truely successful IMO.

  19. joe Says:

    One problem with Sirius is that despite having an ‘unlimited’ cataloge to work with, most of the stations still don’t play enough variety. Rotation is essentially.

    17 Jam On
    30 Coffee House ( Kind of lame, but gf likes it in the am [in more ways than one – hay-o])
    32 Grateful Dead Channel
    39 BackSpin
    53 SoulTown
    84 The Joint (Reggae)
    100-101 Howard Stern (who did a cover of Court of the Crimson King about a decade ago with his ‘band’)

    Mike drops bombs in this Gorge version!

  20. Neemor Says:

    I would back that with a sawbuck.
    Let’s have one day where we speak only in 40’s American Film speak.

  21. joe Says:

    @KWL, the dj just said it when I posted it. He’s the resident phishead of the station and a Yankee fan….relation to Mr. Miner?

  22. Neemor Says:

    joe-if I recall from doing it once before, only one listener per account at a time.
    Thanks, though. If you figure something out, I’d be enthralled and interested.
    I have clearly done nothing today.

  23. Neemor Says:

    Miner might be an Oakland A’s fan. Or Giants.

  24. KWL Says:

    Let’s have one day where we speak only in 40’s American Film speak.

    lol. That would be the cat’s meow.

  25. voopa Says:

    “Miner might be an Oakland A’s fan. Or Giants.”

    Uh oh.

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