WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- The plans of tens of thousands of die-hard Phish fans, some traveling thousands of miles to Watkins Glen, were dashed by the sudden cancellation of this weekend's Curveball Festival.
A mandatory boil water advisory is in place for the Schuyler County village, thanks to this week's storms and flooding, which left the treatment plant contaminated.
A statement from the jam band reads, in part:
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.
The band and festival organizers will release more information about ticket refunds in the coming days. The die-hard fans we spoke with were bummed out, but understanding.