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. BTB Says:

    Hilarious, frolic pad?????

  2. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Applesauce!! That is the cat’s meow, type III. Very Hotsy-tostsy!. Need to get me some giggle water and become ossified.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I can’t claim to have known this slang. I got most of it from here:

    the intrawebs are the encyclopediae of our age.

  4. voopa Says:,21/Phish-mp3-flac-download-Festival-8.html

    Phish will release 24/96 FLACs of F8! 23 skidoo!

  5. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Nice. HD Flac is trippin. 3 times the fidelity. Triple hi-fi 🙂

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    hopefully the mix itself improves over second leg of summer – 24 bit version of a flat, mediocre mix is not much better than 16 imo

    nice of them though, not trying to be a dick but those mixes still need considerable improvement

  7. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ voopa,

    speaking of which – is it true that the only way you can listen to 24/96 files (other than over your computer speakers) is to burn onto a DVD video disc? In which case you could only listen to it through your TV or home theater speakers if you have them?

    I’m all for increased fidelity but i wonder how flexible that would be. I need to hear music at the highest quality (1) in my car and (2) through my headphones via my FLAC-enabled portable.

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Rooter to Tooter refers to the fact that in many cultures or with alot of BBQ and/or hot sauce, there is very little in the way of ineligible body parts of the pig for cooking and eating.

    Speaking from experience, I know I have eaten worse.

    As the saying goes with hotdogs, “MMMM, Lips and assholes. MMM”

    Who will be in costume this Halloween?

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Homer: Are you saying you’re never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
    Lisa: No.
    Homer: Ham?
    Lisa: No!
    Homer: Pork chops?
    Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal!
    Homer: Heh, heh, heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A *wonderful*, magical animal.

  10. Mugician Says:

    Hahaha. Reminds me:

    Dealer: 19
    Homer: Hit me!
    Dealer: 20
    Homer: Hit me!
    Dealer: 21
    Homer: Hit me!

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    @phamily, nice info thx

  12. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    hope they wipe that pigs ass before they serve it.

  13. She Divides Says:

    I felt compelled to make my first post today after all the discussion of lurkers! I’ve been reading Mr. Miner for almost a year but only started reading the comments in the last month since I can’t go 5 minutes without indulging in Feight thoughts.

    Coventry was my first show right after my then boyfriend-now husband got me interested in Phish. I enjoyed every mud drenched bit of that festival, even though I know that the musical quality had a lot of issues, and it was hard just getting to know Phish while it felt like they were breaking up forever. This year we hit Shoreline and Merriweather, we leave for Indio on Thurs night, and we are planning to be at 11/25 Philly, a night of MSG (hopefully the Friday if we can work out a ticket trade), and Charlottesville.

    Also, I know for a fact that XM does not protect against multiple online logins. But the 30 day Sirius trial sounds perfect for people who need it. I didn’t hear the Jam On (56 on XM) notice–are they just broadcasting the sets live or carrying the bunny the whole weekend?!
    Thanks for being such a welcoming, interesting bunch!

  14. Mugician Says:

    5 hours till I hit the road.

  15. Selector J Says:

    Which also brings up the question… Am I the only one that doesn’t buy into the 96 kHz business? The human ear, on a good day, can only hear frequencies up to ~20 kHz… so why on earth do we need to get so far out of the audible spectrum?

    Yes, I’m sure the constructive/destructive interference in the ultra-high frequency range (+ 50 kHz) may manifest itself in an audible, though nearly imperceivable, way. But wouldn’t the world be just as swell with 48 kHz?

    Anyone out there agree with me? (Sorry to sound so cranky… I just got into a little tiff with our radio station’s tech dude b/c he disapproved of my remote broadcast set up for sound quality reasons.)

  16. neemor Says:

    Boy this site stays funny even after I leave work.
    23 skidoo. Nice.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    Selector – I’m also skeptical but haven’t done a listening test yet so am leaving it in the “unconfirmed” pile for now

  18. neemor Says:

    Selector…I’m with you, it’s all utter nonsense.
    She Divides…you now have my favorite post name. Thanks for the input. Hope to meet you and your worse half at MSG.

  19. Selector J Says:

    Well… I guess one day great-great-great grandkids will probably be equipped with some genetically modified ears that will be able to hear that difference… so maybe it’s for those 22nd century folks.

  20. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Selector – 96kHz, doesn’t refer to how high up the spectrum the audio goes. It refers to the number of samples per second the digital audio is produced in. Because music is naturally analog, everything digital is only an approximation of the original analog, however, by increasing the sample rate, you more closely approximate the original. However, even more strangely, since they are using a digital board, the music we hear is analog from the speakers, obviously mostly analog going in (some of the synths are probably pure digital), but all is converted from Analog to Digital at the board, and then back again either from the amp or at the speaker.

    Favorite Kenny Powers Quote:
    I’m training for a triathalon.
    Really? I play a real sport, not trying to be the best at exercising.

  21. She Divides Says:

    Neemor…thanks for the name props!
    I guess this posting thing is kind of addictive 🙂

  22. albert walker Says:

    finally volcano running, first puff
    going all vaps this week trying to get the lungs working properly

    Got some Prince Far I – Psamls bumpin
    gonna be hard to do two days more of babylon

  23. albert walker Says:

    all the speakers and amps I’ve sat in front of my whole life without plugs
    I’m going to be Pete Townsend soon enough
    enjoying the hearing when the ears are still kicking

  24. albert walker Says:

    favorite Kenny Powers line

    “Smokin Weed, on the reg”

  25. ThePigSong Says:

    Great write up Miner!
    No work for me until next week, I’ve just got to wait for the wife and we’ll be off west Thursday afternoon.
    whats up Neemor, good to add another friend to my other internet addiction.

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