Buried deep within the Press of Atlantic City’s article on the City Council delaying a vote on the possibility of bringing music festivals to Bader Field in 2012 comes confirmation that Phish is planning to tour next summer. Promoter Starr Hill Presents representative Ken MacDonald told the paper that Phish “will tour next summer” when he was asked about the possibility that the group will headline one of four festivals his company is planning for Atlantic City in 2012. MacDonald would neither confirm nor deny that Phish will indeed headline one of the events, but did confirm that Phish is planning to tour. Phish manager Coran Capshaw founded Starr Hill, a sister company of Red Light Management.
[Photo of DMB Caravan @ Bader Field by Jeremy Gordon]
While most fans did expect Phish to tour next summer, it’s nice to see confirmation, especially after Trey’s comments to Rolling Stone that 2012 would be “a less busy tour year” for the quartet. We’re also interested to see what Starr Hill Presents has in store for the four multi-day festivals they’re planning to bring to Bader Field in 2012 on the heels of last year’s DMB Caravan stop at the 142-acre former municipal airstrip. Atlantic City’s City Council has already approved festivals for June 15-17 and June 24-25 and will “reconsider” issuing permits for two more festivals (set for Sept. 22-23 & 29-30) at a January 4th meeting after tabling a decision yesterday.