Super Ball IX Festival News

June 7th, 2011   |  12:32 pm EST

Phish Festival Organizers Lars Fisk and Russell Bennett
Lars Fisk and Russell Bennett, image from superballix.com

Trey Anastasio interviewed Lars Fisk, a sculptor and artist who’s been involved with almost all of Phish’s festivals since The Clifford Ball in 1996, and gives insight into festivals past as well as what we can expect for Super Ball IX. Fisk and co-creative director Russell Bennett are responsible for putting together the teams that create all of the festivals’ artistic attractions. From piazzas, to the sunken city, to other installations, these guys are responsible for some of the fun you’ve had at Phish festivals besides the music.

The interview is more of a friendly chat between old friends and there’s a lot of reminiscing throughout their discussion. It begins with some basic chit chat and then gets into details of how Fisk first joined up with Phish after leaving UVM and living across the street from Phish’s then management company, Dionysian Production. In early 1996, Fisk was tapped by Phish’s manager John Paluska to become part of the upcoming festival to be held later in the year. Bennett and Fisk quickly became the architects of Phish festivals and laid down the framework by which to organize later Phish events.

You may recognize some of Fisk’s work outside of the festival arena. The large, red, circular wooden “Barn Ball” on the cover of Round Room was a giant sculpture created by Fisk. You can even see his face in the window if you look closely.

There isn’t too much insight into what we can expect at Super Ball IX other than there will be some sort of link between the stage and festival grounds.

Trey eludes to it here:

“I loved intermingling the art and us onstage. And I would encourage more of that. I mean, you know, this year at New Year’s Eve we did this Meatstick thing with the dancers. But actually I know there’s one Super Ball idea which I won’t give away, but to some degree, the stage is going to be intimately linked with the festival grounds.”

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May 27th, 2011   |  10:48 am EST

Phish Summer Tour 2011 - Bethel NY
5/27 Bethel Woods Poster by Tyler Stout

It’s time once again to enjoy the summer sun and the music of everybody’s favorite fun band, Phish. The band kicks off the first leg of their 2011 Summer Tour tonight at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. Almost exclusively staying on the east coast for this leg, Phish will perform at some of their usual venues like the PNC Bank Arts Center, Comcast Center in Massachusetts and the Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The three night run in Bethel will be the band’s first appearance at the venue. It’s located close to the original site of the famous Woodstock festival in 1969. In related news, another festival with onsite camping in Bethel was supposed to occur this weekend along side the Phish shows there. Yasgur’s Farm had planned to provide camping and music, but had trouble securing the proper permits. With what seems like an unprofessional handling of the matter by the organizers at Yasgur’s Farm, the festival and camping there was canceled only yesterday. This has left some people who decided to camp at the farm to see Phish without a place to stay.

Phish ends the first leg of their tour at Ntelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA on June 19th before they take an approximate two week break before their much anticipated Super Ball IX festival at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY July 1-3.

The band then takes another month off before gearing up for the 2nd leg of summer tour. This run of shows sees some new venues added into the mix such as Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys in Nevada and the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.

Summer tour wraps up at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO on September 4th. Phish has announced these will be the last shows of the summer and there will be no fall tour. It seems time off is essential to sustaining Phish 3.0 as the band members look to fill their time with family and other projects.


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May 25th, 2011   |  10:52 am EST

Phish SignWhat song will Phish open up with at Super Ball IX? Chalkdust Torture, Kill Devil Falls and Sample in a Jar may be good guesses, but what about other songs? The festival will take place about 2 weeks after the 1st leg of Phish’s 2011 Summer Tour so that means anything can happen. Buried Alive? Vultures? Axilla I?

Take our poll below. If you don’t see your choice listed, then let us know what it is by posting in the comment section.

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May 20th, 2011   |  7:48 am EST

Phish FOAM BeerAt last year’s Festival 8, fans enjoyed an exclusively brewed beer for the Phish festival in Indio, CA called Sierra Nevada FOAM. There are several Phish heads who work at Sierra Nevada brewery, and after talks with festival organizers along with Phish management, the decision was made to create this “Phish’s Brew.”

FOAM is a German-style pilsner with a light body and loaded with flavor.

BeerNews.org has reported a new Sierra Nevada FOAM label has been recently approved. This raises questions as to the purpose of rehashing the Phish beer label made especially for Festival 8. Could brewers be brewing a new batch for Super Ball IX?

Sierra Nevada FOAM Pilsner: Sierra Nevada FOAM was originally brewed for Phish 8 back in 2009. Super Ball IX, Phish’s ninth festival, is taking place this summer so I presume that this approval means that the beer will be back for the fest (not confirmed).

With no confirmation yet, the approval of the new FOAM label and Super Ball IX only a month and a half away is merely coincidence at this time.

There are also rumors of other beers making an appearance at SBIX like Hop Stash and Magic Hat.

150 kegs of Sierra Nevada FOAM were available at Festival 8. If the Phishy pilsner is sold at SBIX, they may need more kegs to accommodate the larger attendance.

What beers do you think will be offered? Do you have any knowledge or inside information on the tentative beer selection? Let us know by commenting on this article below, or posting on the Message Board.

UPDATE: AtlantaBeerMaster.com is reporting confirmation that Sierra Nevada Foam will indeed be sold at Super Ball IX. Approximately 200 kegs of the pilsner will be available.


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May 19th, 2011   |  11:50 am EST

Plastic Mini Kegs Allowed at Super Ball IXWe all know the official rules state you can only bring a limited amount of beer to Super Ball IX. But now there’s been clarification from festival organizers via Twitter, much to the delight of lushes and casual drinkers everywhere. You are allowed to bring plastic “mini kegs” to the festival.

Tomorrow, May 20th, is your last day to take advantage of the payment plan options offered for General Admission tickets, Glen Close Camping tickets and tent rentals. If you order now, you can pay only half of your ticket or tent purchase up front and have the remaining amount charged on June 2nd. After midnight on May 20th, you may let it all hang out, but you’ll have to purchase your Super Ball IX festival ticket at the full price when ordering. Order now.

Volunteer at Super Ball IX - Phish and Clean VibesAre you dying to go to Super Ball IX but just don’t have enough money? Well there’s good news for you, if you like working as an indentured servant of sorts. Festival organizers are giving free festival admission to anybody who wishes to volunteer with Clean Vibes. Tasks may include clean up during and after shows, and recycling sorting. Click here if you’d like to volunteer with Clean Vibes.

Another option for volunteering is with the Work Exchange Team. For your dedication in working at least 18 hours, you’ll get free entrance to Super Ball IX, a festival t-shirt, and camping. Various duties you may be responsible for include working as part of the Art team, Site Operations, Production, Front Gate, VIP, Hospitality, Camping and more. If you act fast, you may be able to get one of the few slots remaining where your work shift will end by 8pm on Friday night and you’ll be able to rage with The Phish from there on out. Click here to sign up.

For more information on volunteering options, check out the Volunteer page on the official site.


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May 19th, 2011   |  10:53 am EST

Phish 1987Access Me, the “Accessible Access Guide” for Phish’s Super Ball IX festival has been posted on the official site with important information for attending fans who have special needs.

This is the first of Phish’s festivals where they have sought to fully accommodate fans with disabilities. People with physical handicaps and medical conditions can enjoy the shows knowing their needs have been met.

The guide is broken down into seven sections:

  • Section 1: Deadlines and Access Information
  • Section 2: Services for Patrons with Mobility Disabilities
  • Section 3: Services for Patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Section 4: Services for Patrons who are Blind or have Low Vision
  • Section 5: Service Animals
  • Section 6: Medical Considerations
  • Section 7: Other Access Program Tips

There are deadlines to request certain accommodations. You must inquire about mobility devices other than 3 or 4-wheeled scooter or wheelchair, assisted listening devices and service animal camping by June 17th. Guided tours for blind attendees should be reserved by June 27th. Needs for reserve power for CPAP and other medical devices will be met on a first-come-first-served basis.

There will be a raised platform for fans with mobility disabilities where they can watch the show if you have an access pass. You’ll be able to find this section by finding the wheelchair symbols on the festival map. If you’re using a wheelchair, you will not need a pass to enter. Fans with mobility issues that limit their ability to stand may stop by the Access Center to receive a pass on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Sign language interpreters will be available at the festival for each show. Stop by the Access Center to find out the location of the interpreter.

There’s a lot more information on the official site, so check it out here.

Email access@SuperballIX.com with any related questions.


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