SET 1: Water in the Sky, Sleep Again, Let Me Lie, Invisible, Back on the Train, Driver

SET 2: Jam, Undermind -> Devil With a Blue Dress On Jam, Starship Trooper Jam, Gone, Liquid Time

There were two soundchecks for Festival 8: an acoustic afternoon session, followed several hours later by a separate electric soundcheck that evening. The electric soundcheck was broadcast on Phish's on-site festival radio, JACK-FM 95.9 "The Bunny" as well as Sirus/XM Radio. The acoustic soundcheck was not broadcast and the song order may be incorrect. The short Devil With a Blue Dress On Jam included the chorus and part of a verse sung by Trey, as well as a Good Golly Miss Molly quote. The Starship Trooper Jam consisted of part of the Würm segment of the song. Before Liquid Time, Trey quoted Fuck Your Face and briefly teased Kids (MGMT); the jam out of Liquid Time dissolved into a vocal jam featuring the band members snoring and featured a Lengthwise quote from Trey. 
Debut Years (Average: 1802)

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, attached to 2009-10-29

Review by benjaminjam

benjaminjam Arrival. Having been stuck in the Coventry traffic line and having never been to Indio for any of their multiple events, we trekked out there late Wednesday night and arrived at the venue after a wee bit of casino gambling at about 3 AM. Lights were shinning on the stage, big work lights were shinning all over the grounds and we could see folks milling about, setting things up and generally working alot harder than my freinds and I.

We were turned away at the gate and told to come back tomorrow around 11 AM. We found a lovely stretch of rode to pull over and catch some ZZZ's, awakening about 8:30, grabbing some greasy eggs and bloody mary's at Cactus Jack's (a lovely restaurant and bar run by equally lovely people) and taking care of some last minute shopping. We then proceeded to The Line.

Except that there was no line. A few hundred cars was it and we were waaaay up front. The vibe was excited, everyone was chatting and wandering from car to car sharing brews, stories and predictions. The gates opened a few minutes late, but compared to Coventry, this was a BREEZE. a stringent security check lost us some bottles of beer and some booze, but one can hardly fault the folk working as we are the ones trying to bring in illicit goods. Sure, it's annoying, but don't bring it if you don't want it taken away.

Besides, they missed my scotch. Hooray!

Campsite was set, meals were consumed and we thought, for a time, we could hear the acoustic sound check from our site, but it was too faint to be sure, it could've easily been someone playing some music a few campsites away. After wandering our area (Larks Tongues in Aspic, designated as ADA but there we were anyway) we settled into the camp and turned on the Bunny, our radio got crappy reception and when Sound Check camer on, I eventually moved down closer through the aisles and found many people dancing there to just jammed into Undermind. This check was pretty loose with lots of teases and long jams between actual songs. Undermind is just getting better and better and when the jam out of it quickly morphed into a short but sweet Devil With a Blue Dress, we all smiled and nodded in time with the band. Then a truly sick sounding jam erupted out of the stage. Starship Trooper. probably meant to throw us off the Exile scent, it basically kicked everyone's mood up a couple of notches as it sounded great and is a killer tune which I hope they play during a show someday. The jam out of Starship was pretty tight and the last couple of tunes were ones I am not yet familiar with. They have a mellow feel and heavier on the psycho-dellia than the funk or rock. From our aisle spot, we weren't able to fully make out some of the vocal jams, but overall, it was a great way to start the weekend dancing with our fellow festival attendees and gearing up for the madness of tomorrow night.
, attached to 2009-10-29

Review by hansokolow

hansokolow This soundcheck is one of my all-time great memories of the band. I can actually say I attended. Back in 2009, I had lost my job, like a lot of people, and I didn't have the bread to get a Festival 8 ticket. But as an LA resident, I wasn't about to miss it. I signed up for the volunteer shifts, which meant coming in a couple of days early and working for something like 20 hours total. We checked in at the store and we all got one of the nice metal Festival 8 water bottles, which I immediately lost. I walked right back in the back of the store tent from the back, where no one was guarding the exit, and I grabbed another one. Then I did like 8 hours of mostly lifting cases of water bottles onto or off of a little golf cart trailer, and just getting water everywhere it needed to be. It was back-breaking work, and Indio in late October is still hot, easily in the 90s. After a full day of it, the foreman picked out me and maybe four other hefty dudes. We all were pretty sturdy. He didn't tell us where we were going, but we got on a truck loaded with palm trees in pots. They drove us right into the venue during the opening jam of what is called set 2 here. Only one of the other volunteers and myself was actually really pumped we were getting in. The other dudes were tired, I guess.

We loaded out a truckload of palm trees all over the venue while the band played. The palm trees went to the corners of the sound booth and at all the light and speaker stations among the crowd, as decoration. It was pretty fantastic. I was dancing on the moving flat-bed truck from one side of the venue to the other during Undermind. I remember that very well. Empty lawn. Just the band and us techies.

We finished up with the palms, and the guy didn't take us away right away, so we got to see the soundcheck to the end. None of us had the stones to go right up to the front. We kept a respectful distance off to the side, but there was nobody between us and the band. I didn't recognize Starship Trooper, but people were very excited. I knew it was a possible Halloween clue.

Later this night, you could still get into the outer area of the venue, and on that giant screen they were playing clips of horror movies interspersed with clips of Phish shows. They played a good chunk of the 1998 Halloween set, and I said, hey, this exists! When are they releasing this video?! They still have not. Nor have they released the 3-D blu-ray of Festival 8, even though there was a movie released in theaters. Why can't I buy that 3-D blue-ray of the movie you aired in theaters,
I digress.

The next morning I showed up to the store for my last shift, in costume, which was as a cop. Yup, it was the scariest thing I could think of at a Phish show. I was a pretty believable cop, actually. I think I went too far. I got my hair cut short to the neck, which really sold it. I showed up for my shift and they put me in the back of the shop to just stand there all day and discourage the hippies from stealing those nice Festival 8 water bottles. You show up as a cop, they make you a cop. Don't do it.
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