Phish will return to Watkins Glen International this coming weekend to celebrate their 10th festival. Magnaball will be a three day festival held Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 23. As with past festivals, there will be a multitude of activities outside the music. However, this time around, the band is pulling out all the stops to make their 10th festival extra special.
As with Super Ball IX, there will be seven official sets of music. Set times are as follows:
Friday, August 21 – Two sets beginning at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 22 – Three sets beginning at 3:00 pm
Sunday, August 23 – Two sets beginning at 7:30 pm
It is expected that there will be an unofficial, unannounced “secret set” occurring sometime late Saturday night, similar to the “Storage Jam” that took place at Super Ball IX.
Food & Drink
Magnaball will feature an upgraded offering of food vendors, focusing on local and regional food vendors. The vendors will be setup throughout the festival grounds, including in the campgrounds. They will feature wood-fired pizza, tamales, crepes, smoothies, burgers and more. The food selection covers many different cuisines from around the world. Cafes will spread throughout the grounds, including 24-hour offerings. As with past festivals, there will be a farmer’s market on site selling local produce, baked goods and other pre-made food and drink.
In addition to the upgraded selection of food vendors, Magnaball will feature a full service restaurant called Festival Ate. Five-course, prix-fixe dinners will be available each night of the festival. The Steam dinner on Saturday night will feature pairings with five different beers from Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Sixpoint Brewing, including a Bière de Garde and an Imperial Porter brewed with Stumptown coffee. The restaurant will also be open from 10 am to 1 am each day with an attached bar. Attendees can stop by for a light bite to eat. Festival Ate will be managed by LOFO, a farm-to-table restaurant in Syracuse, N.Y.
Magnaball will feature a craft cocktail program with Phish-inspired drinks, such as The Red Red Worm and Satan on the Beach. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s FOAM lager will return. Additional beer selections include brews from Vermont favorites Hill Farmstead Brewery from Greensboro Bend, Vt, and Lawson’s Finest Liquids from Warren, Vt. Sixpoint Brewing will also be supplying two of their beers throughout the festival.
Ben & Jerry’s will be on site serving free cups of Phish Food and Save Our Swirled ice cream. They will also be taking signatures to petition the leaders of developed nations to work towards clean energy initiatives.
Free water bottle filling stations will be available around the festival grounds. There will also be filtered water filling stations for $1 per fill for up to 32 ounces. Proceeds will be donated to The WaterWheel Foundation. Magnaball Nalgene bottles will be available for purchase. Use of these bottles will allow free fills from the filtered water stations.
Magnaball will feature a variety of organized and unorganized activities to keep attendees entertained throughout the festival. Lawn games, game shows, yoga and the JEMP Records Store will all be part of the fun.
Cornhole sets will be available throughout the festival for pickup matches. There is also an organized cornhole tournament planned. Those interested in signing up for the tournament can register a team of two people by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should provide them with your team name, the names of the team members and a cell phone number at which they can reach you during the festival. The tournament will start on Friday. Teams can also register at the Cornhole Tourney Tent located at the crossroads in the festival grounds.
Studio X is the location for many of the other activities. Free yoga classes will be offered Friday through Sunday at 9:30 am. There will be two trivia game shows held during the weekend. On Friday and Sunday at 11 am, teams of four can compete in Survey Says, a survey-style game show with Phish trivia. On Saturday at 11 am, registration opens for Subtle Sounds – A Name That Phish Gameshow. Contestants will battle it out over naming Phish songs by just a few notes. The game begins at 11:30 am, but is limited to only 54 contestants. It is recommended that you arrive early if you wish to participate.
The JEMP Records Store will once again be a part of this festival. The store will include an exclusive release of Rift on blue vinyl. The release will be packaged with a limited edition screen print by David Welker. Past vinyl releases from Phish and side projects will also be available at the store.
An official US Post Office will be setup on site to allow attendees to mail posters, vinyl and other purchases directly home.
The Glurt Institute and Drive-In
The art installations at Magnaball seem to have a science and energy theme. The Glurt Institute and Laboratory will be setup not far from the concert field. There, attendees can learn about the Gravity Harmonograph and about how the magnaphysics of the vortex pendulum work. Adjacent to the Institute is the Drive-In, a 175-foot widescreen display. Thursday night will be movie night, along with a late night showing on Friday. Movie showtimes are as follows:
10:00 pm – The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Midnight – First Men in the Moon (1964)
2:00 am – The Time Machine (1960)
3:45 am – Sullivan’s Travels (1942)
Bunny Radio and Webcasts
The Bunny is back for Magnaball. The Phish festival radio station will broadcast locally on 104.9 FM and on SiriusXM’s Jam On. All Phish sets will be broadcast live. Tune in to hear an eclectic mix of tunes, the much-anticipated From the Archives shows and reports from the festival. SiriusXM offers a 30 day free trial for new customers.
For those not attending the festival, LivePhish is offering a webcast of all three days of Magnaball. The webcast can be pre-ordered at http://livephi.sh/Magnaball.
Festival attendees will be able to take a shuttle off site on Friday and Saturday. The shuttle will cost $10 cash only for a round trip and will run on a 40 minute loop into town and back. There will be a very limited number of tickets available, beginning Friday at 8:30 am, at the Merch Check tent next to the Info Booth. If tickets remain, they can be bought at the box office by Gate 4A. The shuttle will make stops in Watkins Glen at 9th and Decatur, Seneca Harbor Park and downtown, Walmart, Shequaga Falls and historic district before returning to Watkins Glen International. The shuttle begins running at 10:00 am and the last bus will return at 6:00 pm Friday and 4:00 pm Saturday.
Tickets for Magnaball have sold out. If you are still looking for a ticket, please visit our friends at Cash or Trade. Volunteer opportunities to gain admittance to the festival are also still available through the the Work Exchange Program and Clean Vibes. Tickets for the dinners at Festival Ate are available from TicketsToday. If you wish to For additional information, please visit http://phish.com/magnaball.