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Published: 2013/01/13

Phish Will Not Play Watkins Glen This Summer

Photo by Bill Kelly

Phish will not host a festival in Watkins Glen, NY this summer, according an interview on Upstate Live Music Guide. While talking with Upstate Live Music Guide’s Johnny Goff, Watkins Glen International Track President Michael Printup reveals that the band will not perform in Watkins Glen this summer but is eying 2014 for a possible return to the festival site.

“I went out to California to talk to [Phish manager] Coran Capshaw and his main group Red Light Management about coming back and unfortunately, we just couldn’t find common ground to put it back together and come back and even the band, according to Coran, wanted to come back but it just wasn’t going to work for 2013,” Printup reveals. “We just both agreed to put it on the hook and see if we could put something together and do it again in 2014.”

Phish hosted a the Super Ball festival in Watkins Glen in 2011. Many fans speculated the band would return to the site this summer, a few months before their 30th anniversary.

“We’re booked almost a full year and half ahead for the following year so when we’re entering spring of 2013, we are already booked for 2014,” Printup adds. “So schedules materialize very fast and so by the time we went back out there in April to Coachella to speak with them, it was just a matter of conflict. They only had certain dates that worked for them and we only had certain dates that worked for us, it just wasn’t conducive to hold a concert in October or November, which was really the only timeframe we had open.”

Phish may still host a summer or fall festival in another location. Click here to read David Steinberg’s review of Phish’s New Year’s Eve performance.


There are 13 comments associated with this post

hazool January 13, 2013, 14:07:52

Phish Will Not Be Playing Slade Hall This Summer

uvm January 13, 2013, 14:27:34

nice shout out

george washington January 13, 2013, 14:46:14


Dingo boy January 13, 2013, 16:04:51

Phish will not be performing @ Ripley’s Alive! in Cincy or the Dume Room in Malibu
:) they are closed

PhilPhan January 13, 2013, 17:29:14

Phish will not be playing on the moon in the fall of 2016. An inside source says the technology doesn’t exist yet and to please stop badgering them about it.

Bubba January 13, 2013, 20:05:41

I think y’all are missing the point…at least it looks like Phish want to put on a festival in 2013 and no matter how you look at it, that ROCKS!

JackieBauer24 January 13, 2013, 20:42:21

Pocono Raceway?

greasy_fiseek January 13, 2013, 20:47:06

Printup is a f-ing liar. He is in on the gag and its so obvious

yoink January 14, 2013, 07:31:43

California is OFF the map.

Brendan January 14, 2013, 12:11:59

AC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I missed last summer due to losing a fight with the law. Play it again boys!

JKuss80 January 14, 2013, 22:24:58

After the Chafeitz show, they’ve decided to play a festival in St Louis. They’re going to do a long jam on the top of the arch like the IT tower jam.

byl January 14, 2013, 23:16:45

phish blows

Pete Stergion January 15, 2013, 10:19:00

I’ve been told the “common ground” they are referring to was that WGI wanted more money to bring Phish back and thats when things fell apart.

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