Phish will play two special shows at the Broadview Stage at SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 25th and 26th, 2023, the band announced on Tuesday. The concerts will benefit flood recovery efforts in Vermont and Upstate New York. Communities throughout the area were inundated earlier this month with historic levels of rain and major flooding.
This late addition to the Phish 2023 summer schedule is unusual for the band, which typically announces its tour plans many months in advance. While SPAC was not initially on the docket for Phish this summer, the extenuating circumstances in the home region of its birth prompted the band to return to the scenic Upstate New York amphitheater for the first time since the summer of 2019.
With just a one-month window between announcement and showtime, a brief, one-day ticket request period is currently underway here and ends this Wednesday, July 26th at 12 p.m. ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 a.m. ET. Travel packages will also be available and will go on sale on Friday, July 28th at 9:00 a.m. ET. Find the complete ticketing details for the August 25th and 26th Phish flood recovery benefit shows at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) here.
A limited number of Foundation tickets will also be available that include a ticket to the show, a private pre-show performance with Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell, access to the Foundation Lounge before and throughout the show, and special Foundation poster and merch, in addition to other amenities.
100% of net proceeds from all concert and merchandise sales will be directed to The WaterWheel Foundation’s 2023 Flood Recovery Fund, which will support the many victims and their families, area businesses, and non-profits. The Recovery Fund will support both shorter-term needs and long-term recovery and resiliency projects. Created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band’s various charitable activities, The Waterwheel Foundation has been harnessing the kindness of the Phish fan community to create positive change for over 25 years.
[UPDATE 8/21/23]: LivePhish has also announced free livestreams of the two Phish flood recovery benefit shows at SPAC. Fans can tune in from home via LivePhish or watch the shows via the corresponding video players below:
Phish: Flood Recovery Benefit – Friday, 8/25/23 – Livestream
Phish: Flood Recovery Benefit – Saturday, 8/26/23 – Livestream
Phish is currently in the middle of an extensive summer tour. Following a two-night midweek run at Philadelphia, PA’s The Mann on Tuesday, 7/25 and Wednesday, 7/26, the band will set up shop at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Friday to begin a seven-night stint at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Later in the summer, the band will return to Commerce City, CO’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for its traditional Labor Day Weekend engagement. The band will resume touring in October with a short run of shows in Nashville, Dayton OH, and Chicago.