Once again, the eye of a Phish festival is staring at us. With Festival 8 only 18 days away, the excitement is hardly containable, considering all the many possibilities. At Coventry in 2004, the feeling was different. We were there to bid farewell, to experience the music a last time – and it sure did feel like the last time. Coventry was a different kind of festival. Prior to Coventry, however, Phish festivals were a time of unbounded musical exploration. Within the context of a festival, all boundaries are left behind, allowing Phish the ability to fully display their creativity.
Thinking back on the music from the past festivals makes me even more excited for 8, as the atmosphere of a festival provides the ideal Phish experience. Whether it be the unique late-night experiences or the stage antics, every Phish festival has offered something different, and something special. To try and relive the magic of Phish festivals, here are some of the best moments from the past.
“Mike’s Song>Simple>Contact>Weekapaug” 8.16.96
The Great Went
“Bathtub Gin” 8.17.97
“Sand>Quadrophonic Topplings” 12.31.99
Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Bathtub Gin, Ya Mar, AC/DC Bag, Esther, The Divided Sky, Halley’s Comet > David Bowie
Set 2: Split Open and Melt, Sparkle, Free, The Squirming Coil, Waste, Talk, Train Song, Strange Design, Hello My Baby, Mike’s Song -> Simple -> Contact -> Weekapaug Groove
Set 3: Makisupa Policeman, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease -> NICU, Life on Mars?, Harry Hood -> Fireworks Jam
Encore: Amazing Grace
On the run up to Festival 8 we will be featuring the downloads from all of Phish’s past festivals. Today, we begin with the first day of the Clifford Ball, Phish’s first festival.