BY Jordan Cissell
August 2-August 4
Homegrown, family style feeling and intimate setting is what Phibstock is all about. Last summer was the very first incarnation of the three-day festival, set in the remote beauty of Colorado’s South Park Basin, and like they did a year ago, event organizers are once again setting a 500-person cap on entries.
This ain’t Bonnaroo or Coachella, and that’s precisely the charm of the event. Phibstock is about avoiding the rat race, not indulging in it. Invest the time you would have burned waiting in porta-john lines or fighting through main stage crowds by instead competing in the festival’s disc golf tournament and kicking off each day with a sunrise yoga session or quick hike.
And Phibstock’s single stage setup means you can forget fretting over scheduling conflicts, take it easy and dig what this year’s lineup has to offer – a deep, diverse (reggae to bluegrass to electronica) mix of some of Colorado and the nation’s biggest up-and-comers and established favorites. It’s the ideal formula for a laid-back midsummer music diversion.
You’re going there to see: Octopus Nebula, The Congress, The Magic Beans, James and the Devil
You’re going to come home talking about: Papagoya, Ape Tit, Knocean
(As calculated by maps.google.com
from Denver, Colo. to Hartsel, Colo.)
Total Est. Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 103 miles
You need to know: Convince three friends to ride in with you and the whole thing gets that much mellower. In an effort to cut down on traffic and crowding, Phibstock will waive the ten dollar parking fee for cars hauling at least four people. Besides, you may need the extra pairs of eyes for navigation – the site is literally off a gravel road in the middle of the basin, so go ahead and print off the festival-provided directions and keep to ’em to ensure a smooth arrival.
Camping: On site camping is allowed and included in the ticket price.