Super Ball IX Festival News

May 12th, 2011   |  2:52 pm EST

Glen Close Camping Tickets Almost Sold OutPhish recently announced there will be no fall dates after their summer tour ends with a three night run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO over Labor Day weekend (September 2, 3 and 4). With that news, ticket sales may have spiked in response. The Super Ball IX page on Facebook just announced that Glen Close Camping tickets are almost sold out.

If you want to make things easier on yourself at Super Ball IX, then you’ll need a Glen Close Camping ticket. Along with admission to the 3-day festival, your camping area will be located close to the concert area. You’ll also enjoy a separate entrance than General Admission ticket holders. And to top it off, you’ll have access to bathroom and shower facilities.

These special perks seem to be resonating with fans as available tickets appear to be dwindling for the highly coveted camping section. The shows are a month and a half away and it’s possible the festival could be sold out by the time July rolls around.

The announcement of no fall tour may be enough for those who were on the fence about attending Super Ball IX to finally buy a ticket since there will be no traditional fall tour this year.

Solo projects, family time and rest are good things. Phish will rock this summer as usual and presumably come back for a winter tour to guide us into next year.

Let us know what your ticket situation is in the poll on the right side.

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April 18th, 2011   |  12:25 pm EST

Phish It has updated their website to include more information on what services will be provided at Super Ball IX as well as basic do’s and don’ts. Sure, everybody likes to sneak in contraband here and there, but nevertheless there are official rules that are always stated and should be known if you plan on attending. Maybe you thought AK-47’s would be allowed. Guess what? They’re not. Here’s some more information on what to expect:

Services Provided:
The usual necessities that we’ve all come to need at any Phish festival will be made available to you. This includes shade and mist tents, sinks, showers, bathrooms, recycling, information booth, lost and found, medical service, ATMs, a General Store open 24 hours, cell phone charging stations, food for purchase, potable water that’s free or for purchase, and ice.

What You Should Bring for Camping:
The official Super Ball IX website suggests bringing “da noise” and “da funk”, but of course that is optional. Some other good ideas for what to bring to the 3 day festival include warm clothes, rain gear, tent, sleeping bag, bug spray, sunscreen, trash bags, toilet paper, and a lantern or flashlight. Check out this page for a list of other things to bring for camping.

What You Can Bring Into the Concert Area:
People sometimes leave essential items at their camp site when enter the concert area at a Phish festival concert. Here are some things you are allowed to bring, and probably should, inside the concert area: medium sized backpacks, hats, sunscreen, lighters, cell phones, glasses, small beach towel, non-pro cameras, and your appreciation for The Phish.

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April 14th, 2011   |  8:46 am EST

Phish Festival FAQ - Super Ball IX

Questions about Phish’s Super Ball IX festival in Watkins Glen, NY July 1-3 have been answered on the official festival website. Inquiries about camping, food, vending and more have been responded to in detail clearing up many questions and concerns fans had.

The FAQ has a comedic edge to it while being informative at the same time. It starts off with rules about bringing musical instruments and amplifiers. While acoustic instruments will be allowed everywhere but within the concert area, amplifiers are not allowed at the festival anywhere. Previous Phish festivals have had full bands set up in the parking lots playing through amplifiers before, but this year festival organizers have nixed that tradition. We’ll see how many people set up their gear anyways as some people usually bend the rules a bit when it comes to a weekend in the sun with Phish.

The FAQ goes on to clear up questions about parking, no open fires being allowed(only small grills), bikes inside the festival grounds, alcohol limits, and shower facilities. This year, fans in both General Admission and Glen Close Camping areas will have showers provided.

As usual, the festival will have a General Store selling just about everything one may need for a long weekend camping out in the sun. Items for sale include Advil, batteries, ice, sun tan lotion, flashlights, soap, water, tents, tent accessories and more.

Vendors will be selling food at all hours of the day from breakfast in the morning through the late night hours after the show. There will also be a Farmers Market presumably selling fruits and vegetables from local area farmers.

Cell phone charging stations and ATMs will be present on site for those who need to charge their devices or want to withdraw money to buy more devices, or vices.

Keeping in line with the usual rules about taking pictures and video inside the concert area, no video cameras or cameras with SLR/interchangeable lenses will be allowed. But these items are allowed everywhere outside the concert field.

The FAQ points out that images of supposed festival layout maps going around on the Internet are not accurate. Organizers still have details to work out and won’t provide the official map of the festival grounds until some time in June. We recently posted one of these images that seems like it could be a representation of what can be expected for the festival layout. Once festival organizers finalize their plans, we’ll post the official map.

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April 12th, 2011   |  8:44 pm EST

The Great Tent Rent at Super Ball IX Phish FestivalThe Super Ball IX page on Facebook has been updated with details for “The Great Tent Rent”. This year Phish is renting out some rather swanky tents to use for camping at the festival. The $500 rental cost may turn away a lot of fans from this luxurious set up. But if that doesn’t do it, the additional $200 refundable deposit just may. Of course, the deposit will be returned to you at the end of the festival should you manage not to damage your tent or the extras included with beer/vomit stains, burn marks, tears, rips, or other inevitable Phish festival accidents.

What extras come along with the pricey festival living quarters? In addition to the large tent, you’ll also get 2 cots, and bedding that includes sheets, pillows and blankets. There will be staff on site to help you with any questions regarding your tent rental. Additional cots will cost $30 each.

From the pictures, it looks like you could fit two more cots in the tent and sleep four people comfortably. The tent measures 10 feet by 13 feet. The Super Ball IX Facebook page does not mention anything about the wooden chairs or tables pictured. But for dropping $700, they should throw those in along with a coffee maker and wake up service.

Your tent will be set up already once you arrive to your designated camping area.

Everybody who will be staying in their “Great Tent” at the festival will need to have a ticket, or bracelet, for the camping section where the tent will be located – either Glen Close Camping or General Admission Camping. Only one car will be allowed to park by the tent.

Tent rentals are limited and will probably sell out before the festival date arrives. So if you’re interested, reserve your rental today. There is a layaway option available with $350 being charged when you purchase your tent rental and the remaining $350 charged on June 2, 2011.


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April 11th, 2011   |  1:01 pm EST

Phish Summer Tour 2011It may not be festival news, but worthy of mentioning nonetheless. Phish announced the remaining dates for their 2011 summer tour today. These dates make up the 2nd leg of the tour, taking place just after Super Ball IX.

The first leg of summer tour begins on May 27th with a three night run at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY and ends at Ntelos Wireless Pavilion Portsmouth, VA on June 19th. For more information on 1st leg dates, check out the tour page on

2nd leg dates include:

Aug 05
The Gorge Amphitheatre
George, WA, United States

Aug 06
The Gorge Amphitheatre
George, WA, United States

Aug 08

Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood, CA, United States

Aug 09
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Lake Tahoe, NV, United States

Aug 10
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Lake Tahoe, NV, United States

Aug 12
Outside Lands Festival
San Francisco, CA, United States

Aug 15
UIC Pavilion
Chicago, IL, United States

Aug 16
UIC Pavilion
Chicago, IL, United States

Aug 17
UIC Pavilion
Chicago, IL, United States

Check Phish’s 2011 Summer Tour page for ticket info.

There are some usual summer tour stops that aren’t part of this year’s tour. Phish have often played concerts in Hartford, Saratoga and Jones Beach during the summer, but not this year. The reason for this could be that 6 shows are already scheduled in NY state.

3 nights in Bethel, NY to open the tour and then Super Ball IX about 5 weeks later in Watkins Glen, NY may negate any further appearances in the northeastern part of the country. At least that’s what Phish’s management might be thinking. We’d all love to see the band return to traditional summer tour venues like Comcast Theatre in Hartford and SPAC in Saratoga, NY.

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April 11th, 2011   |  9:26 am EST

A tweet from WGI answering a question about the concert stage’s location confirmed that it will be on a field inside the track at Watkins Glen International.

We reported last week about an image supposedly of the festival layout which shows the stage within the track area. Now that the location has been confirmed, it’s possible other areas of this map are true as well.

Another festival layout map floating around the Internet showed the concert stage in a separate field, far away from camping.

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