Details have been announced for the revival of jam band Phish’s traditional weekend festival that will take place from October 30 through November 1 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. The site also hosts the annual Coachella and Stagecoach festivals.
For the first time, Phish is combining its trademark festival with its annual Halloween event, staging the festival on the West Coast, and performing it as a three-day festival. Furthmore, this is the first time that a single group is playing consecutive shows at the Empire Polo Club.
Tickets for Phish’s eighth festival, aptly billed as Festival 8, go on sale July 27 at 10 a.m. (PT) through Phish ticketing on Music Today. Tickets are priced at $199, plus applicable service charges. Daily parking is free, but for those wanting to camp on-site, there will be an additional fee of $15 for a car and $125 for an RV.
In addition to the eight sets of music that Phish will play, there will be numerous attractions and art installations. Additional details are available on Phish’s official Web site.
“We are pleased to support this event,” said Glenn Southard, Indio City Manager, in a statement. “It will bring thousands of visitors to the City of Indio and to the Coachella Valley and will provide a much-needed boost to our local economy. We look forward to a great event!”
The band’s past festivals include The Clifford Ball, held in August 1996 in Plattsburgh, NY, as well as 1997’s The Great Went and 1998’s Lemonwheel, both held in August in Limestone, ME.
In 1999, the band staged two festivals — Camp Oswego in Volney, NY, in July; and Big Cypress, held in the Florida Everglades in December, leading up to the final hours of 1999. It was reportedly the largest paid concert in the world on the eve of the millennium, drawing 80,000 Phish fans.
Phish returned to Limestone, ME, in August 2003 for its sixth festival, It, while the group’s last festival, Coventry, was held in August 2004 on a farm in Coventry, VT.
For the first time since 1998, Phish will also resume the tradition of its Halloween shows where band members wear a musical costume and cover an album by another band. In 1994, the band performed The Beatles’ “White Album.” That was followed by The Who’s “Quadrophenia,” “Talking Heads’ “Remain in Light,” and the Velvet Underground’s “Loaded.”
The band reformed in March 2009 for a trio of shows, their first since splitting up in 2004 followed by a round of early summer shows. Phish will return to the concert trails for its late summer 2009 tour leg on July 30-31 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, just outside Denver.
Details about the band’s new studio album will be announced shortly.
Last Updated on July 24, 2009 by By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner