Washed out: Water woes scuttle Phish's 3-day music festival

Phish performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Fans of the rock band Phish have been thrown a curveball by the last-minute cancellation of a three-day music festival in central New York because of health concerns stemming from torrential rains that contaminated drinking water.

Posted: Aug 17, 2018 11:42 AM
Updated: Aug 17, 2018 6:26 PM

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Fans of the rock band Phish have been thrown a curveball by the last-minute cancellation of a three-day music festival in central New York because of health concerns stemming from torrential rains that contaminated drinking water.

The Curveball festival was expected to draw more than 30,000 fans to the Finger Lakes village of Watkins Glen starting on Friday. The band members say in a statement posted online Thursday they were about to walk onstage for their traditional sound check jam when they were told the festival was canceled.

A mandatory order to boil water was issued for Watkins Glen on Thursday after days of heavy rain. The state health department says tests show it would be impossible to deliver clean drinking water to festival patrons and vendors.

NYS Music has invited Phish fans to attend Woods Fest at Woods Valley Ski Area on Saturday, with $20 entry if you show your wristband for the cancelled Curveball festival. Bands performing at Woods Fest include Los Blancos, The Old Main, Work Related and more.

Woods Fest is hosted by Woods Valley and Copper City Brewing Co., and there will be local craft beers and wines, food trucks and yoga. The event is 11 a.m. to midnight, rain or shine.

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