Oysterhead and Trey Anastasio Band will headline the 2020 edition of SweetWater 420 Fest. The announcement was issued on SiriusXM Phish Radio this evening by host/curator Ari Fink, who teased a big announcement earlier today. SweetWater 420 Fest 2020 is set to take place from April 24th–26th at Atlanta, GA’s Centennial Olympic Park. The full lineup will be announced tomorrow, October 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Tickets are available here.
Oysterhead, the long-dormant supergroup comprised of guitarist Trey Anastasio (Phish), bassist Les Claypool (Primus), and drummer Stewart Copeland (The Police), recently announced their reunion with a pair of dates at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center on February 14th and 15th. The headlining appearance at 420 Fest marks the third date announced for the forthcoming 2020 Oysterhead reunion.
While rumors of an Oysterhead reunion had been percolating for months, excitement spiked last Monday night when new accounts for the band appeared on Instagram and Twitter. The accounts each made a single post: a soundless typewriter animation spelling out a few words over a muted pastel backdrop: “when all else has been done and said.”
Fans of Oysterhead quickly recognized the lyrics from “Mr. Oysterhead”, which appeared on the band’s only album, 2001’s The Grand Pecking Order: “When all else has been done and said… along comes Mr. Oysterhead.” The following day, the band officially announced their reunion run in Colorado.
The trio first came together on May 4th, 2000 for a late-night performance in New Orleans during Jazz Fest at the Saenger Theatre. In 2001, due to overwhelming demand, the trio reformed to record and release The Grand Pecking Order, which featured nine new tracks in addition to four songs debuted at the Saenger. A North American tour followed the release of the album.
On June 16th, 2006, the band reunited for a set at Bonnaroo. The three scheduled Oysterhead reunion shows will mark their first live performances since that Bonnaroo set nearly 13 years ago.
— Phish (@phish) October 21, 2019