After Midnight: Phish's Big Cypress Festival

By Osiris Media

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The definitive retrospective of one of music’s most memorable festivals, Phish’s Big Cypress. In December of 1999, Phish drew an estimated 80,000 to the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Florida’s Everglades, making this festival the largest Millennium Eve concert on earth. We look back on the festival 20 years later—and examine the legacy for Phish and the music world. Hosted and narrated by Jesse Jarnow, this five-episode series draws on interviews with members of Phish and its crew, fan memories, and conversations with other people across the music industry.

Episode Date
Episode 1: The Plan

Why did 75,000 Phish fans endure an 18-hour traffic jam to see Phish? Why did Phish make 75,000 fans endure a massive traffic jam to see them? What were Phish doing in Florida in the first place?

In episode one, we explore answers to these questions and more. We talk to Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio drummer Jon Fishman, former manager John Paluska, Seminole liaison Pete Gallagher, and many others involved in making Big Cypress happen.

After Midnight is sponsored by Ben & Jerry's and Fiddlehead Brewing Company.

Produced by Osiris Media. Executive Producers are RJ Bee and Tom Marshall. After Midnight was Produced, Edited and Mixed by Matt Dwyer. Written and narrated by Jesse Jarnow. Produced by Jefferson Waful. Music by Amar Sastry. Production assistance from Christina Collins. Art by Mark Dowd. Thanks to Phish, Red Light Management, and to all interviewees. And a special thanks to all the fans who sent us your stories, photos, and memories. We appreciate it. Until next time...

Nov 14, 2019
After Midnight Trailer

A preview of After Midnight, a podcast celebrating the 20th anniversary of Phish's Big Cypress festival. Subscribe today on our show page. Episode 1 comes out on Thursday, November 14.

This five-episode series, hosted and narrated by Jesse Jarnow, will include interviews with Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, John Paluska, Brad Sands, Beth Montouri-Rowles and many other people who played a key role in making this amazing festival happen.

And we also hear from you—the fans. We received hundreds of emails and audio clips with your memories, and you'll hear that throughout the series.

Nov 01, 2019