Today, Osiris Media released episode one of After Midnight, an original narrative podcast. At the end of the last millennium, Phish built a city for 80,000 people in the Everglades for their Big Cypress festival. In the midst of Y2K mania, Phish created a sanctuary for fans, far away from everything, and wrapped up the festival by playing a seven-hour set that lasted from the final minutes of the 20th century into the literal dawn of the new millennium.
Not only was Big Cypress the biggest millennium concert in the world, it also changed the way many people saw live music festivals. After Midnight will address the legacy of Big Cypress, along with the planning and execution. It will feature interviews with band members Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman, members of Phish’s crew, festival organizers, journalists, and many fans.
This series will explore how Phish invented their own musical language, built an independent concert industry, and how both came together in the Florida Everglades for a performance that landed a 15-foot-long hot dog with headlights in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After Midnight is hosted and narrated by renowned music journalist Jesse Jarnow.
Episode 1 highlights include:
“I just always was very proud of the fact that we never had any sponsors or never allowed any corporate interests to align with our brand to try to leverage the special mojo we had with our audience for their own purposes. It was too sacred and special to ever allow any corporate interests to participate in that.” —John Paluska, former manager, Phish
“The idea was to play in the continental United States outside all night until the sun comes up. It’s the year 2000. Y2K was supposed to happen at the time. All the computers will be off. The world will come to an end. But we will all be together. Having pulled an all nighter. Planes will have fallen out of the sky. You won’t be able to get your money out of the bank. Remember? People actually thought that.” —Trey Anastasio, guitarist, Phish
“When Big Cypress came up it was like, oh my God. This is our opportunity to [play] outdoors, on New Year’s Eve. We’ll go from whenever the last set starts till sunrise—you know we were gonna go from dusk to daylight.” —Jon Fishman, drummer, Phish
“We’re thrilled to pay tribute to one of the most unique concerts in the history of rock music,” said RJ Bee, CEO of Osiris Media. “Jesse’s storytelling and knowledge provides the perfect foundation for bringing a diverse set of voices together to reflect on this monumental festival. We admire Phish for their legendary ability to ignore what everyone else in music is doing, and to blaze their own trail. After Midnight encapsulates that state of mind perfectly.”