If you’ve been following the “drama” in the Phish community surrounding this weekend’s three-night run in Chicago at the pop-up venue they’ve set up on Northerly Island, you’ll be happy to know that they’ve learned quite a bit after that Jimmy Buffett show and they’ve incorporated some new thinking into their setup ahead of the shows this weekend. They just issued this statement via their Facebook page:
Hello Phish Fans,
Here at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion in Chicago, we are aware of Phish fan concerns that have come from feedback from our first concert of the season at the end of June. We know you are as excited as we are about the band’s return to the Chicagoland area and, in advance of the shows, we wanted to share with you some of our extensive preparations. We are working closely with the Phish organization to ensure that every aspect of FirstMerit Bank Pavilion will make for a great concert experience.
Here’s an overview of some of the relevant areas:
Sound: While other artists have opted to use a single delay system, Phish is bringing in multiple delay towers to ensure optimal sound coverage across the entire lawn.
Lawn: Our landscaping team has done extensive work over the past couple of weeks, and we are pleased to report that the lawn has completely dried out.There will be sanded areas in some portions of the lawn and it will be a great place to view the show, along with the magnificent vistas of the Chicago skyline.
Concessions & Facilities: We’ve added several areas to buy concessions — the beverages will be ice cold and we will have plenty of them.In addition, we’ve expanded the variety of menu items. There will be select $4 12 oz. beers for sale throughout the venue and, in addition to our typical selection, there will be a microbrew tent on the lawn. We have also increased the number of restrooms throughout the site.
We look forward to welcoming you to our spectacular new venue!
Your friends at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion and Live Nation