In 2015, the initial announcement of Phish performing their own tropical destination festival at Rivera Maya, Mexico’s Barceló sent shockwaves through the community. What would it be like? How would they play? After three funk-filled days of music, all of the major question marks were left with answers, as the Burlington quartet made themselves at home at their inaugural Riviera Maya outing. As fans escaped the winter with a weekend retreat, Phish provided the perfect atmosphere for celebration.
On Sunday night in 2016, Phish started off the show with the song everyone was expecting, “Mexican Cousin.” The tongue-in-cheek composition is something of a rarity at live performances, only coming in a show for the 13th time since its debut in 2003 (has been played once since on 10/21/18). The apropos setting of the song made for a raucous way to kick off a show, as fans splashed about in the nearby aqua-blue water.
Luckily, Phish has shared pro-shot video of 2016’s “Mexican Cousin”, which you can watch below:
Phish – “Mexican Cousin”
In September, Phish announced the return of their four-night, all-inclusive concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which will return to Barcelo Maya Beach in 2019 from February 21st to 23rd. For the 2019 edition of Phish’s Riviera Maya event, the concerts will return to Barcelo Maya Beach, a resort that sits on a mile-long stretch of white sand featuring breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout the property. Furthermore, Phish and CID Presents have selected six of the region’s finest resorts for fans to stay at, with each resort offering a variety of restaurants, multiple bars, and daily activities, all included in your package price. A number of off-site adventures will also be available throughout the weekend, giving fans the opportunity to fully experience the Riviera Maya’s breathtaking natural beauty and rugged terrain during their destination music vacation.
A limited number of all-inclusive packages are still available here.
For more information on Phish’s Riviera Maya concerts, head to the event’s website.
Setlist: Phish | Barceló Maya Beach | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/17/2016
Set One: Mexican Cousin, The Curtain With, Sample in a Jar, Yarmouth Road, The Landlady, Army of One, Kill Devil Falls > Bathtub Gin, Funky Bitch > The Moma Dance > Saw It Again
Set Two: Down with Disease > Roggae > Crosseyed and Painless > Farmhouse > Mike’s Song > Bug > Weekapaug Groove, Slave to the Traffic Light
Encore: The Ocean
 Phish debut.