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. stitchstash Says:

    Can you tell I’m new at this?

  2. butter Says:

    @Type III – i hope you get you your costume gear tomorrow. If you don’t the sex stores in Vegas offer many options. As far as cities in the US to find a costume in go, you would be in a possible tie for 2nd best city.

    1. New Orleans
    2. Tie: Las Vegas / South Beach Miami

  3. bearito Says:

    Great posts today everyone. Today was my “git er’ done” day. Pack the backpack, finalize a costume, grab essential gear that I don’t feel like hunting down out there and what not.

    This will be my first time flying with a backpack despite years of backpacking and random trekking. It’s kind ind of fun streamlining gear to be “fest ready”. I’m usually the guy with just about everything you need on hand so this is outside of my element a bit but that’s aight. Can’t frickin’ wait!

    Favorite “headie game” – Bong Yahtzee!

    @ nittygritty – WHO DAT brother!!!

    Favorite Kenny Powers quote:
    “Im ready to fu**in’ butt fu** this party” (Sorry, I know it’s crude as hell but hey… it’s funny)

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    okay, my last setlist before Indio will be coming up in a bit. Carry on, I’ll catch up…

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    let’s go for the big 4 song encore before fest 8!!!!!!

  6. bearito Says:

    @ Brandon – will 8 be your 1st shows?

  7. halcyon Says:

    @ Marshall … dont know if I wrote you earlier, but I arrive into LAX @ 10am and will be heading out to the hotel to get some schoolwork done before the show (how lame is that) I have your # and will get in touch later that day

    @ KWL what went for Marshall applies as well

    @ A-Glide … I have your email, and will send you an email in the next day or two

  8. halcyon Says:

    looking forward to meeting up with some peeps…

    as for a costume its a toss between charlie brown searching for the great pumpkin

    a washed up zombie waldo

    a wookie (if I can find a cheap chewbacca outfit)


    or “the count”

  9. halcyon Says:

    although I might not have enough time to make my duffman costume …

  10. stitchstash Says:

    8 will have to be your number of the day if you go as the count!

  11. Andrew Says:

    Where to find myself this week? We originally had my mother coming to town to babysit my two little ones while we made the trek from NC to Indio. After debating the costs and our funds, we decided to bail on Indio and save the money, be content with a fall tour show, and take the family to the beach for the week (last week). Beautiful weather, water still warm but didn’t get the waves I was hoping for, relaxing vacation….yeah yeah. I was content. Now the time has come and I’m frothing at the bit. Phish has always rewarded the patient folk in every aspect of the experience, but this week is going to be tough…patience where did you go? Walfredo?

    When I find myself lending advice to younger people, I often tell them to do everything they can now, make the trips and go see everything and leave on a dime – because one day you’ll look back and realize the opportunities will dwindle. For those not making the trek this week – you’re not alone, and the boys will make it up to you, they always do. Be content knowing so many of our tribe will have a wonderful experience, in turn generating a positive forward motion for the band and fall tour. Well wishes to all making the journey – be safe, be wise, and enjoy the ride.

  12. BTB Says:

    positive forward motion, amen brother

  13. stitchstash Says:

    Hope to talk to you guys soon! Back to the sewing machine. I haven’t even started my husband’s antelope costume yet!

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    great post Andrew

  15. Andrew Says:

    Shall we start a top ten list of the most popular costumes to be seen at 8? My early vote goes to an ocelot.

  16. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    My buddy is going to be the Hoff, complete with fake chest hair. I will be a white Lou Brock, kind of a stretch, but I’m faster than I look 😉

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    If you had 15 people, or 14 with one pulling double duty, you could each be a single song and go together as the album Rift…all costumes in a monochrome blue palette

  18. BrandonKayda Says:

    Bearito – I’m not going to 8, but I am excited for the music and everything else. Hope everybody going has a great time.

    Hopefully I’ll get to see my first shows in the spring, as fall seems out of the picture.

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    thanks Andrew…good stuff.

    You guys have a blast at Feight! I wanna see photos and hear stories 🙂

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    well put andrew

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    GREAT idea Mr. C…I’m in on that one next Halloween!

  22. BTB Says:

    Anyone who can accurately pull off a ‘Gordon’.

    Also, I’m hoping the Ocelots look like this (I love EDSBS)

  23. bearito Says:

    Right on Brandon! Sorry, I thought I had seen you post that some time ago. Good luck in the spring amigo!

  24. bearito Says:

    ^^ of course it’s a Tiger fan!

  25. BTB Says:

    We might get lucky with a mini-run or 10 dates in the spring, but me thinks NYE will be it till summer tour. They might pop out another album in the spring.

    I remember that LSU pic from years ago. Ocelot, Tiger who cares?

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