It's odd to think of Phish's massive Festival 8 in Indio, California as "intimate" but that's exactly what some of the band's long-time fans were saying this weekend. The 3-day fest held at the same Indio, California polo grounds where Coachella is staged every spring might not have been as big as, say, Coventry, but some might say it was nice to be on the West Coast, where torrential rains don't flood concert fields, causing mass hysteria for a 30-mile radius.
Actually, as the newly re-united 90s jam band played their eight sets throughout the weekend -- including a front-to-back cover of The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. -- it was clear that the lush turf of Empire Polo Club, and the palm trees framing the stage, are an idyllic setting for an event like this. Here's hoping the band does it again next year.
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Check out Up on the Sun's slideshow of the band, the fans and the scenery at Festival 8.