The Glen goes 'Phishing' for 60K fans
WATKINS GLEN—Watkins Glen International will host the rock band Phish for a multi-day festival, Super Ball IX, July 1 to 3.
Super Ball IX will be the first time that Phish has ever performed at Watkins Glen International or any other motorsports facility. The three-day event will feature a series of performances by the New England-based band. Ryan Lake, WGI senior manager of public relations, explained Phish will be the only band at the festival. The Glen also plans to have other activities, attractions, and art installations. The band held its first festival, The Clifford Ball, in 1996.
Lake said the number of tickets being sold is capped at 60,000. He explained Watkins Glen and Schuyler County officials were included in discussions over the last year to bring Phish happened over the last year. The announcement was officially made Thursday, March 31. However, WGI President Michael Printup hinted about the rumored concert on March 18 with a tweet that read “I think I am going phishing this weekend!”
Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, Phish grew through word-of-mouth. Phish—comprising lead guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, bassist Mike Gordon, and keyboardist Page McConnell—has released 15 studio albums as well as a series of 85 complete live concert CDs.
The concert fills a hole in the track’s racing schedule. Last year, Watkins Glen International announced that the IndyCar series would not be returning to the track for the Fourth of July in 2011.
The Glen earned a place in United States musical history as the site of the famed Summer Jam that featured headlining artists The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and The Band. Reportedly attracting over 600,000 people to Schuyler County in 1973, Summer Jam held the Guinness Book world record for the largest outdoor concert ever held in the U.S.
Tickets to Super Ball IX go on-sale to the general public on Monday, April 4, and can be purchased by going to http://superballIX.portals.musictoday.com. Tickets start at $200 and include admission for the entire weekend as well as onsite camping. Additional camping and travel packages will also be available.