25 Years Ago Today – Phish Staged The Clifford Ball

25 years ago today (8/16/96), Phish launched its first large-scale festival of its own with the Clifford Ball at Plattsburgh Air Force Base in Plattsburgh, NY. This would be the first of ten of these DIY festivals built and established by Phish as they would build a template for fests that would play inspiration into the development of Bonnaroo. Musically though, Clifford Ball brought seven sets of Phish (including a 3:30 AM flatbed truck one through the camping environs) that are put mid 90’s glory, with spirited takes on much of their pre ’97 material. Check out the quick documentary MTV aired back in the day…

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