Episode 2: A Long Day on Alligator Alley

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(c) 1999 Dave Vann


What’s it like to build a city for 75,000 fans from scratch? Why did people sit in traffic for 18 hours waiting to get into Big Cypress? And were there actually alligators?

In episode two, we explore how Phish built a city, threw the biggest ticketed event anywhere in the world on New Year’s 1999 and still remained almost completely off the mainstream’s radar.

We’ll hear from Phish band members Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman, manager John Paluska, festival designer Russ Bennett, and many others—including survivors of the traffic jam on Alligator Alley.

After Midnight is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and Fiddlehead Brewing Company.

Produced by Osiris Media. Executive Producers are RJ Bee and Tom Marshall. After Midnight was Produced, Edited and Mixed by Matt Dwyer. Written and narrated by Jesse Jarnow. Produced by Jefferson Waful. Music by Amar Sastry. Production assistance from Christina Collins. Art by Mark Dowd. Thanks to Phish, Red Light Management, and to all interviewees. And a special thanks to all the fans who sent us your stories, photos, and memories. We appreciate it. Until next time…