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I Saw Phish For The First Time And Here's What Happened

Spoiler: I loved it.

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First things first: I have to admit I had never even considered liking Phish before, and I wasn't at all familiar with their music.

When my boyfriend and our group of friends suggested that we should all go together to Magnaball, Phish's tenth festival, I decided to join more for the experience than the music. In retrospect, it was probably the best decision of my life. The trick was to surrender to the flow.

1. The scene was breathtaking.

2. And there were tons of things to do while the band wasn't playing.

3. Camping was well organized, comfortable and safe.

Although the first people who got to Watkins Glen got sent to the furthest camp possible. That was kinda uncool.

4. Phish has the friendliest phans.

Everyone was so nice and friendly, it blew my mind.

6. It was so easy to trip.

(Whether you were on drugs or not).

7. There was plenty of good beer to be drank.

8. The crowd's energy was beyond contagious.

9. My favorite set, by far, was the day set.

I've never seen so many people in such a good mood dancing around.

10. Getting out to the camps after sets was a bit claustrophobic.

11. But the clean up crew was amazing.

By the end of each set the ground looked like it was never going to recover, but by the beginning of the next, things were back to normal, only to be covered in trash again.

12. Even when the band wasn't playing there was plenty of music to groove to.

13. There was a club inside the concert which was both cool and obnoxious.

14. And I felt the same about the laboratory.

I admit I didn't go up (the line was always so long) so maybe I missed out on something cool. You tell me.

15. Waiting in line for the ferris wheel was TOTALLY worth it.

16. The mounted cops were pretty freaking awesome and helpful.

17. The festival was packed with families which made it adorable.

18. A couple got married there!

19. The vendor's food was delicious.

20. Especially the free Ben and Jerry's ice cream.

21. And the idea of having a farmer's market inside was brilliant.


I have genuinely never seen so many glowsticks in my life.

23. And obviously, GLOWSTICK WARS!

24. There was a secret message and the reveal was very disappointing.

25. And the secret set was shorter than expected but super cool.

What did suck big time was all that chaos at the gate where people were not allowed to come back in :(.

26. I came out of the weekend having some favorite tunes.

And actually knowing the lyrics.

27. Did I mention the glowsitcks already?


28. The firework ending was nothing like I've ever seen before.

The perfect closing to a perfect weekend.

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