Phish Fans: There Will Be No Mud or Warm Beer, Promoter Promises

By Kyla Gardner on July 16, 2013 1:40pm 

CHICAGO — After a disastrous debut of its lawn seating at Northerly Island, Live Nation is reassuring Phish fans that they won't suffer warm beer, poor sound or a muddy lawn at upcoming concerts.

Fans had a litany of complaints about the newly expanded, 30,000-capacity lawn at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion during a Jimmy Buffett concert June 29, and in response, Live Nation offered free tickets to any concert.

Before Phish's Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows, the pavilion posted a note on its Facebook page Tuesday reassuring Phish fans that they've taken care of the complaints about poor sound, a muddy, messy lawn and a lack of beer.

The post boasted a "completely dried-out" lawn after "extensive work" by a landscaping crew, and that some formerly grassy areas will now have sand.

The pavilion also will offer 12-ounce beers at $4 each, feature a microbrew tent, and there will be more restrooms and concessions across the venue.

"[T]he beverages will be ice cold and we will have plenty of them," the post said.

But Live Nation skirted taking blame for sound problems, writing, "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."

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