After months of rumors and anticipation, Phish has officially announced their 11th multi-day festival, named Curveball. Curveball will take place August 17-19, 2018 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY.
Curveball fits neatly into Phish’s previously announced summer 2018 tour schedule, which until now featured a two-week gap between their run at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Maryland (August 11th and 12th), and their annual Labor Day Weekend celebration at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.
Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, the site offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous Northeastern cities. Curveball continues a tradition that began with The Clifford Ball in August, 1996, and will mark Phish’s third weekend festival at Watkin’s Glen, following Super Ball IX in 2011 and Magnaball in 2015. Prior to Super Ball, the NASCAR track hadn’t hosted a concert event since the famous Summer Jam in 1973, a single-day concert by The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Band which saw 600,000 fans descend on the venue.
Tickets for Curveball go on sale this Friday, March 2nd at noon ET. While tickets will allow individuals to access the camping areas, every vehicle entering the festival site will require a separate camping vehicle pass. These passes are sold on a per vehicle basis, so you can save money and reduce your environmental impact by carpooling. All Glen Close camping and on-site accommodation packages include a vehicle pass. Details about Weekend passes, camping, on-site accommodations, and travel packages are available here.
The first wave of information about the festival and will continue to update with “travel info, FAQs, guidelines, event info, Russian propaganda, and much much more,” so make sure to keep checking back for more information. Until then, throw on this video of Phish’s unforgettable “Tweezer” > “Prince Caspian” jam from Magnaball, one of the most memorable musical highlights from the band’s last big party at Watkin’s Glen:
Phish – “Tweezer” > “Prince Caspian” – Magnaball