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Phish
Tour Name: NYE 2000
Date: 12/30/1999
City: Big Cypress, FL
Country: Outdoor Huge Temporary Stage Set Up
Venue: Outdoor Huge Temporary Stage Set Up
Position: All over the place
Promoter: Great Northeast Productions
Security: Not sure, but very friendly and helpful
Band Performance: 100% Playing 16 CDs worth of music is something no othe
Sound Quality (Instruments): 80% Could have been better, but with a concert this si
Sound Quality (Vocals): 80% You could hear everything, but once again it depen
Lighting: CK5 is the best. No one better in my opinion.
Production: Great!
Seating:
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Size: 80,000+
Age/Crowd Type: Late teens - adults
Crowd Activity: This wasn't Woodstock 99!
Participation: 80% By 7:00 a.m. New Years day, we had lost a few danc
 
Price: $150 for 4 days of camping and 5 sets of music, in
Design Quality: 100% Ticketmaster could take a few lessons from Phish.
Scanned Image: http://
Injuries: Dehydration, exhaustion, but nothing too serious i
Trophies: Great tickestub, wristband, poster, and a t-shirt.
Comments:

Well I thought flying to florida would save me lots of time compared to driving from Chicago. It did save me some time but once I was on Alligator Alley (I-75) I moved slower than a three-legged turtle. This traffic jam was the most ridiculous things I've ever seen, ever. I've been to 80+ Phish shows and have never seen anything like it, this includes some of their previous festivals like The Clifford Ball and The Great Went. Anyway, we got into the jam at 1:00a.m. on the early morning of the 30th. We arrived at our campsite at 3:30 p.m. on the 30th. Yes, that's 14 1/2 hours in line. No bathrooms, no food, no gas, just a road with a lot of die hard fans. Well at about 3:00 a.m I discovered that the had been a death on the road ahead and that was one reason the jam was so bad. Apparently a kid was on top on his RV when it lurched ahead (probably only 5 feet or so) and he fell off and was run over. This was a tragic accident that probably could have been prevented had he never set foot on the roof of his moving vehicle - but it is too late. My prayers go out to his family and friends. This "death" kind of made everyone in the line realize that patience was the only thing that was going to get us into this once in a lifetime event. And patience was needed. When we finally exited off of I-75 it was a good feeling but now we were in a single lane of traffic which seemed worse in theory but somehow it actually moved. When we got into the check in area I noticed WHY it was taking so long. It was because security was checking everyone's trunk and entire vehicle. I literally had to get out of my car and open the trunk for them. They were pulling ticketless people left and right out of trunks. They were also taking anything they deemed unsafe for a concert festival setting like Nitrous tanks and fireworks. I really think they did a great job considering they checked EVERY vehicle that passed through the gates. And they probably keep a few thousand extra people out as well , which is good, because a few more thousand people means more porto-potties, more staff, more space, etc. An you entered each person in your car was given a map of the grounds that was credit card sized, but folded out to like a 6" x 12" map detailing the grounds. It showed you where everything you needed was from Official Vendors to first aid tents to the actual concert grounds. They had the land gridded out with streets named and with street signs on the corners. So you could tell people to meet you at "4th Ave. and 20th St." for example. It was VERY nice to have this map with you the entire journey. One thing I forgot to mention is that once you were within a 15 mile range, you could pick up Phish's radio station for the weekend, 91.7 FM "Thin Air". Besides great music, the told you what was going on, encouraged you to be patient, and explained how important it was to pick up after yourselves throughout the weekend. We were easily guided to our plot of land and our 3 vehicles parked and set up camp. We were finally in. We watched the sunrise on the highway but it didn't matter anymore because we had a concert to see in less than an hour. Camp was quickly set up and was to be more organized after the first set. You would think that people would be pissed off and angry after 14 1/2 hours in line, but once we were in all of the vibes were positive. People were like "Man that was a bad traffic jam. So what do you think we're going to hear tonight?" It was forgotten. The atmosphere that Phish created on this sacred Indian Reservation was so nice and organized that you just needed to forget the hazing you just survived. Once in the concert area (after a minimal pat-down) you could buy any sort of food/drink item, all sorts of merchandise. There were 2 hot air balloons you could ride in. Ferris wheels. And my favorite thing inside was this huge mound of ice which you could climb onto, dance on, sit on, etc. It was a great spot to meet friends and to cool down as well. There were also mist tents for those in need of some cooling. Those music speaks for itself for the weekend. 16 CDs is a lot of music to make over 2 days and there was a little bit of everything for everyone (OK, a lot). One other thing to mention is that there was plenty of FREE cold water all over the grounds. Whether filling up a water bottle or a portable shower, you could find water and the lines were never too long. You were not forced to buy pricey water like at some other festivals. In addition, to everything else mentioned, there was a "fake" town set up with everything from a Post Office to a coffee shop. There was the "Meatstick" time capsule where you were encourage to toss a small item in to be opened in the year 4020. A cypress tree forest with strange lighting and intense drum circles. And I can't forget the Flying Hot Dog that Phish rode over the crowd in to the stage on NYE. You'll be able to see the Hot Dog in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland later this spring just so you know what the heck I'm talking about. Anyway, that is my general overview of the highest grossing event of 1999 NYE. Would I wait in that traffic jam again ? - YES. Do I think it will be better organized next year? YES

Total Cost: $200 w/o ticket
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Review submitted Tue Feb 1 18:22:23 CST 2000\n by Jake Young ( jakey@crresearch.com )

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