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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.

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