Phish’s Curveball festival cancelled due to NY State of Emergency
The eleventh edition of Phish's Curveball festival has been cancelled due to a state of emergency and health concerns. Curveball 2018 was scheduled to begin on Friday (8/17) in Watkins Glen, NY and run through Sunday (8/19), but extensive flooding in Schuyler County, NY and beyond led Governor Cuomo to declare a State of Emergency across fourteen counties, Schuyler included. As a statement from the New York State Department of Health and Schuyler County reads, a mandatory boil water order is in effect for Watkins Glen, and they are "unable to issue the required permits for this weekend’s Curveball Festival." The statement continues:
This week’s severe storm created untenable conditions, including the inability to deliver clean drinking water to patrons and vendors as confirmed by test results delivered today.
Working collaboratively with Watkins Glen International and Phish, the County and the State explored all options to allow the event to continue as scheduled.
While all parties acknowledge the inconvenience of this cancellation to patrons, we have a responsibility to act in the best interest of public health and safety for all.
Phish, in a statement of their own, said they are "still in shock" over news of the cancellation, which came right as they were about to soundcheck. "We hope from the bottoms of our hearts that at the very least this news will reach you before too much disruption takes place in your personal lives," the band continued. "We know that people traveled far, at great expense. We understand that people are missing work, and changing their schedules around.. we wish so much that there was some way that this wasn’t happening." Read Phish's statement in full below.
Curveball Forced To Cancel: Due to the severe flooding that occurred in Schuyler County over the past week, the local water treatment plant that services water to the Village of Watkins Glen, including the Curveball site has been contaminated and the water supply is not safe for human consumption. The New York State Department of Health has issued a statement: https://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2018/2018-08-16_emergency_cancelation_curveball_festival.htm
Sadly, Curveball has been cancelled.
Fans currently onsite are welcome to stay overnight; campgrounds will close at noon tomorrow.
Information on refunds will be forthcoming, and additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
A STATEMENT FROM PHISH
Dear friends, our Phish family..
The four of us are writing this from directly behind the stage at Watkins Glen. We were about to walk onstage only moments ago for our traditional soundcheck jam for Curveball when we were told the heartbreaking news that due to the unsafe water conditions in the Village of Watkins Glen, our beloved festival is being canceled.
We are still in shock. The entire site is already set up and ready to go after literally months of work by our beloved hardworking crew, many of whom have been here for weeks. Our families are here, our gear is set, our tents are up. We keep waiting for someone to come over and tell us that there is a solution, and that the festival can go on. Unfortunately, it is not possible.
We are so terribly sorry for the inconvenience that this is causing so many of you. We hope from the bottoms of our hearts that at the very least this news will reach you before too much disruption takes place in your personal lives. We know that people traveled far, at great expense. We understand that people are missing work, and changing their schedules around.. we wish so much that there was some way that this wasn’t happening.
This summer has been absolutely joyous, with each gig building on the previous one, and we were all buzzing with excitement about Curveball. Please accept our deepest apologies for the disruption that this has caused all of you.. We wish there was something else we could say.
Thank you all from the depths of our souls for the joy that you continue to share with us every night. This has been the greatest summer we can remember.
Travel safe and know that we are as heartbroken as all of you. We are standing back here behind the stage, at our party that we’ve been planning for over a year, and we have just told that it won’t happen. There’s just nothing we can do.
Thank you all for your understanding.