Northerly Island Addresses Phish Fan Concerns

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013  |  Updated 8:02 PM CDT
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Have no fears Chicago Phish fans.

At least that’s what FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, formerly known as Charter One Pavilion, is telling concerned fans about the upcoming stretch of Chicago Phish performances.

The venue hit a rough patch at the start of their concert season when they offered free tickets to Jimmy Buffett fans that purchased lawn tickets after mud and wet lawn plagued the grounds. The issue prompted concerns from many Phish fans in anticipation of the three-day concert stream the band has scheduled at the venue for this weekend.

But Northerly Island and Live Nation took to Facebook Tuesday to address the fans' concerns on the venue’s sound, lawn, concessions and facilities.

“Here at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion in Chicago, we are aware of Phish fan concerns that have come from feedback from our first concert of the season at the end of June,” the post read. “We know you are as excited as we are about the band's return to the Chicagoland area and, in advance of the shows, we wanted to share with you some of our extensive preparations. We are working closely with the Phish organization to ensure that every aspect of FirstMerit Bank Pavilion will make for a great concert experience.”

Addressing one of the largest concerns for the jam band’s enthusiasts, the post said Phish is bringing multiple delay towers “to ensure optimal sound coverage across the entire lawn.”

It also noted the lawn area has completely dried up and added plans to have sanded areas in some portions.

“It will be a great place to view the show, along with the magnificent vistas of the Chicago skyline,” the post read.

A new myriad of concessions and beverages will also debut for the weekend, including a microbrew tent on the lawn.
 

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