Phish Plan Three-Day Festival In October

While the band's official Web site has a few hints, no official location has been announced.

[artist id="1117"]Phish[/artist] are back on the road and have a new studio album, Joy, coming out at the end of July. According to their official Web site, they're also bringing back a classic Phish tradition: They'll be hosting their own three-day festival October 30 through November 1.

Back in March, when the band was first hitting the road, there was a rumor that they would be hosting their own festival somewhere in Texas, though the current rumor is that the event will be taking place at the same site that hosts the Coachella Festival in Indio, California. However, no official venue has been confirmed as of yet. The announcement page also has a map that features animated fire ants eating states out of a map of the U.S., suggesting that the last state standing will be hosting the big show (so far, Idaho, West Virginia, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin and New Hampshire are all off the board).

Phish have a long history of planning these types of events. Their first was the two-day Clifford Ball in 1996, which drew over 70,000 people to a decommissioned Air Force base in Plattsburgh, New York. Subsequent festivals moved around to various parts of the Northeast, always had different names (Lemonwheel, the Great Went) and expanded to feature large-scale art projects. They were always well-attended — in fact, when the Great Went drew 65,000 people to Limestone, Maine, it became the most populated city in the state. The last multi-day festival was 2004's Coventry, a rain-soaked two-day affair in Vermont in August of that year.

The band — which broke up in 2004 but have been back together since late last year — are in the middle of a wildly successful return tour, which began in Hampton, Virginia in March and has made landmark stops at Boston's Fenway Park and the Bonnaroo Festival, where they jammed with Bruce Springsteen. Their new album Joy will be released July 28.