Updates From The Field: Magnaball

Phish returns to Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY for their tenth festival, Magnaball(August 21-23, 2015). Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, the site is just a short drive from numerous Northeastern cities. Onsite camping is included in the price of admission. Like previous Phish festivals, the event will include numerous activities, attractions and art installations in addition to a series of performances by the band. Camping and travel packages are available. is your main source for all things ‘ball. Here’s the second wave of info for you all.


The JEMP Records Store will return to Magnaball and will feature a vast array of vinyl releases from the band’s catalog from years past including repressings of The White Tape, Junta, Lawn Boy and A Picture of Nectar and side project pressings. Original pressings of Phish’s first live box set, New Year’s Eve 1995, will also be available. The store will be equipped with vinyl listening stations and copies to pick up, open, read, feel and smell (they mostly smell waxy).

In addition (and the part we’re most excited for), the JEMP Records Store will also feature an exclusive, brand new Phish vinyl release. Yep, that’s right. Phish’s 1993 album Rift will be available for the first time on vinyl at Magnaball. The festival version will be pressed on 180-gram water-blue vinyl and is packaged with a Limited Edition screen print (a Rift continuation) by David Welker.

The remainder of the limited run of “Rift” will be made available at Phish Dry Goods and in Stores (this won’t be on blue vinyl, however) in the middle of September.


In an effort to reduce waste, Magnaball will have several water options available. Free water will be offered in many locations around the campgrounds and festival grounds. In addition we will have a filtered water option at two locations in the festival grounds; if you bring your own bottle (please, no glass, camelback or other personal hydration systems) it can be filled with cold, filtered water for $1 per filling (32 oz max). That $1 will be donated to the WaterWheel Foundation.

We will also be offering Magnaball Nalgene Bottles for sale at our merchandise stands and several other locations. If you purchase one of the bottles, you will receive free refills from any water station, including potable filtered water, for the entire weekend. Proceeds from the sale of the bottles will benefit The WaterWheel Foundation and REVERB.


Ben & Jerry’s will be on site with their “Save Our Swirled” activation, dishing out free samples of Phish Food and Save Our Swirled and recruiting climate activists. While you’re enjoying your ice cream… sign the Avaaz “100% Clean” petition, joining Ben & Jerry’s and millions of citizens from around the world who are calling on leaders of the developed nations to tackle climate change at the upcoming United Nations summit in Paris. The goal is for international leaders to work towards 100% Clean Energy by 2050. Visit for more information.


The folks at have created a custom vehicle which will be raffled off at Magnaball. On deck will be a pristine 1979 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible, inspired by Phish’s Rift album. The vehicle has been donated to The WaterWheel Foundation as the grand prize for the Magnaball Charity Raffle. The proceeds will benefit many local non-profits in each community that Phish visits while on tour. Your $20 (6 for $100) donation will enter you in the drawing for a chance to win this one-of-a-kind piece.

Some info about the car: the classic Beetle looks and drives like it just rolled off the showroom floor. The rumble of it’s air-cooled, four-cylinder, fuel-injected, overhead cam engine. World famous airbrush artist Javier Soto will recreate Welker’s album cover art on the front end of this beauty. A custom painted WaterWheel logo was added on the rear engine cover, custom emblems, chrome wheels and all four members of Phish have autographed the glove box door.

See the Beetle in person at Magnaball Festival in Watkins Glen, NY. Enter the raffle online at