After a month of anticipation thanks to the speculation-inducing Save the Date map, tonight Phish finally announced the details of their 2009 Halloween festival:
Phish Festival 8 in Indio, California
Per the cheekily written website, the Halloween festival will be held on October 30th, 31st and November 1st at the beautiful Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.
Here's hoping the festival location announcement will put an end to the arguments that have fueled the Phish messages boards (and comment threads) for the past month.
Tickets for the 3-day festival go on sale Monday for a pretty reasonable $200. That buys you 8 sets of Phish (complete Festival 8 Performance Schedule) including a musical costume set and an all-acoustic set — not to mention what I can only imagine will be some incredibly trippy attractions and art installations.
Read on for ticket info and camping & RV details.
Update: September 28, 2009
Phish just posted a Festival 8 musical costume teaser to reveal the cover album for Festival 8. See the complete list of Phish cover albums and find out which have already been killed-off right here on Jamtopia.
Phish Festival 8 Performance Schedule
4:00 pm Concert field opens
7:30 pm Set 1
10:00 pm Set 2
12:00 pm Concert field opens
3:00 pm Set 1
7:30 pm Halloween Set
10:00 pm Set 3
10:00 am Concert field opens
12:00 pm Acoustic Set
5:30 pm Set 2
8:30 pm Set 3
Phish Festival 8 Tickets
Phish Festival 8 tickets go on sale Monday, July 27th at 10AM Pacific Time for $200 (including a $1 WaterWheel donation) plus service fees through Phish Tickets' online ticketing system.
This price includes 3 days of entry into the event area and access to all the overpriced food and beer you can stomach.
Day passes are NOT available.
Phish Festival 8 Car Camping Vehicle Pass
Car camping is available for $15 per vehicle, but capacity will be limited so you're encouraged to get your vehicle pass in advance and pack as many people in your car as possible.
I'm sure a lot of folks will goof this so read carefully — you must purchase your Car Camping Vehicle Pass when you buy your tickets. You cannot buy it separately.
All passengers in each car will need a Festival 8 event ticket too, so don't offer a ride to some w00k hitching on the freeway.
Gates open at NOON on Thursday, October 29th and there's no re-entry. Once you're parked your pretty much stuck until event is over.
Contrary to what many assumed, you CAN bring alcohol into the campgrounds — provided your definition of alcohol is a “reasonable amount of beer.”
Phish Festival 8 RV Camping Pass
For the non-hotey-vets there's a $125 RV Camping Pass which buys you entry into a designated RV camping area.
Once again, you must purchase your RV Camping Pass when you buy your tickets and everyone in the RV must have a Festival 8 event ticket.
Phish Festival 8 Travel Packages
If you need a little hand-holding with the planning, Phish has partnered with Valley Music Travel to provide “convenient travel packages to make your trip out to to Indio even easier.”
Some of the packages will apparently include a Festival 8 event ticket so you may be able to save some coin if you buy a bundle.
Phish Festival 8 Basic Event Info
Here are a few more details about the event:
- All ages welcome
- Fee day parking is free
- Children 5 and under are free
- All Campers must be 18+ OR with Parent or Guardian.
- Camping area opens noon on Thu, October 29 and closes at noon on Mon, November 2
- Rain or shine
- No refunds or exchanges
- All patrons subject to search
- All vehicles subject to search
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