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. flarrdogg Says:

    ‘Anyone who has ever sung along to that shitty Kids song, get out.’

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    bring me my bubbler!

  3. fromthetub Says:

    Robear – will definitely try to find the Oasis. It would be a lot of fun to meet you all, and hopefully Miner makes an appearance. 🙂

    So I was just running some errands and BDT#L comes on a local radio station (KFOG for those in the Bay Area) and I have to say I still get caught off guard hearing Phish on the radio. First reaction was all over chills, second reaction was laughing out loud with a grin from ear to ear. Next reaction was to talk out loud to the radio — something like “hi guys” as if saying hi to close friends. Wow. I’m going crazy over here… so ready for the OCHO!!!

  4. joe Says:

    I’ve watched that video about 25 times and crack up every time.

  5. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    bezerker, did you just say zonk?!? I thought that was some shit my friends made up in college? We had a friend who came to buy a qp one time, and decided to play. We went for like 8-10hours.

  6. fromthetub Says:

    Side note: Also wanted to say that I’ve posted off and on here for a while and read through the comments almost every day. I will say it took a lot for me to pipe up about being a girl the other week for fear of changing the dynamic. ‘Cause I love the dynamic just the way it is. But all is well.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    zonk was everywhere. it is based directly on Cosmic Wimpout which preceded it and is basically the exact same idea but with goofy custom dice with stars and lightning bolts and shit. basically wimpout minus fancy dice equals zonk.

    good times

  8. lot rat Says:

    zonk is a doozy of a game

  9. Mr. Completely Says:
    OG hippie stuff from the Pac NW, early 70s vintage, zonk is part of a long lineage

    @fromthetub – glad you spoke up – the women are smarter, you know

  10. Summer98 Says:

    Two comments (been a while since I posted):
    1: I’m soooooo jealous of those heading to eight. Work is eating me alive, otherwise I would be there in a heartbeat. Have fun everyone, it is going to be fantastic.
    2: I was at the download of the day and it was ripping. It was in the middle of a total blizzard. I-90 was a mess and we nearly slide off the road several times on our trip to Cleveland from Buffalo. Crazy. We missed the Ghost and Wilson but got in for Black-Eyed Katy. Classic 97 funk. Sweet stuff. The next show at the Palace was totally nuts. I thought the roof might fly off that place.

  11. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    redux post…

    -green board: has it’s place. That’s how I got in on the fenway pre-sale, that got me in the door. Like others said, take it for what it is…

    -lurkers: right on first time posters.

    -GP: recipes please. I’d love to do this for fall tour, but have no idea how…

    and finally….

    F8 – I was ok not going… until today. All you lucky schmucks are going to have the best time and I’m totally jealous. All the folks at the oasis, should have a toast at some point for the PT reg’s who can’t make it. Have a freaking blast!!!

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    Cannot WAIT for 8! Big jams, halloween cover, festival….I don’t know if it can be any better than that.

  13. BrandonKayda Says:

    Also, what has Phish set up for this weekend? It seems they are going all out…

    -All of the light tech stuff
    -8 sets

    I cannot think right now, somebody fill me in.

  14. KWL Says:

    watching the burble & borealis lights, and based on the placement of them on the map which seems to be right on the concert field, I can’t help but thinking we’re going to get some seriously psychedelic excursions where the band ‘jams’ to the light show out in front of them

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    speaking of “weed games” anybody ever play CFB (Cards for Bongs?) great trump style game where bong hits are awarded for hitting certain point levels and whatnot (kind of like zonk in that way). I have friends who keep books of the scoring for their games. Years’ worth of games. Crazy.

  16. Mugician Says:

    That reminds me of night one at RR. I was hanging out in line talking to people about how it was my first show, and this guy whips this little leather booklet out, and shows me all these laminated pages all containing a stub each. He said that weekend was going to be his 97th, 98th, 99th, and 100th shows

  17. stitchstash Says:

    Ouch, calling out the lurkers! I love it! I’ve only posted a few times, I’m one of them. I’m not usually on this early to do so. I might have to change my reading habits. Thanks to the ladies who post on here, it gave me some courage to speak up!

    TypeIII sorry about the costume troubles. I’m very crafty and could help you come up with something on the fly if you need it. Here are a few you might be able to pull from your closet. Pirate, 80’s punk rocker, tourist, toga party person, athlete, sports fan–I’m sure I could think of more.

    One of my guy friends hung a potato on a string and tied it around the button of his pants and went as a DICKTATOR. distracting but clever.

  18. Mugician Says:

    Hahaha, a friend of mine that I’m meeting up with at Eight is gluing 8 stuffed kittens to his chest. Guess.

  19. BTB Says:

    I write one line about people watching this board and not saying anything and poof, we have lift off. Hi and thanks for the posts all you lurkers!

    I’m predicting 4 sets before long.

    Safe travels to all of you hitch hiking / riding your bike to the Ocho from Nova Scotia. You better hurry the fuck the up

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    thanks, Stitch. I actually have a friend who did the Dicktater but with a little more committal. He went to a party with nothing but the potato skin wrapped around his, um, tater. Takes a level of exhibitionism I’m not really up for!
    I’m going to harass the company tomorrow if they don’t come through. Plus, we have a day in Vegas leading into Indio so I can find something there if need be. Just would like the original intent to be met…

  21. BTB Says:

    8 stuffed kittens? Don’t know what that is, but classic. Pussy magnet?

  22. albert walker Says:

    Been thinking of the past festival shows I attended
    they really open those sets up in places and those were only 2 night festivals
    they have a lot of time to experiment in these 8 sets

    add the recent album and acoustic set rehearsals and I think we are going to be in for the first tastes of what this wave of Phish really is capable of
    very excited

  23. Mugician Says:


  24. stitchstash Says:

    I give up on the kittens!

    I’m sure they will show up! If not, what better place than Vegas to find a costume!

  25. stitchstash Says:

    wow, you guys type fast!

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