Citing health concerns and a 14-county state of emergency still in effect after flash flooding earlier in the week, the state Department of Health and Schuyler County canceled this weekend’s Phish’s Curveball festival at Watkins Glen.
There is still a mandatory boil water order in Watkins Glen. The Vermont jam band noted its disappointment in a statement posted to its website. “We are still in shock,” the band wrote. “The entire site is already set up and ready to go after literally months of work by our beloved hardworking crew, many of whom have been here for weeks. The band got the news late yesterday as they were set to play a soundcheck.
County and State officials say their inability to deliver clean drinking water to patrons and and vendors was confirmed by test results received
As many as 40,000 people were expected to attend the three-day festival. Campers already at the track were allowed to camp overnight, and they have to leave by noon today.
Phish, known for extended jams, improvisation and a wide variety of genres from psychedelic rock to bluegrass, has a dedicated base of followers much like the Deadheads who followed the Grateful Dead from the mid-1960s through the early ’90s.