Phish Postpones Madison Square Garden New Year’s Run Due To COVID-19

Read a note from the band regarding the unprecedented decision.

By Scott Bernstein Dec 23, 2021 12:18 pm PST

Phish rescheduled a four-night stand originally slated as their New Year’s Run to April 20 – 23, 2022. The decision came in response to a surge in New York City COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant.

The performances were initially announced for December 29, December 30, December 31 (New Year’s Eve) and January 1 (New Year’s Day). Outside of 2017’s “Baker’s Dozen” residency, the shows now planned for April will be the only Phish concerts at Madison Square Garden not held during a New Year’s Run besides shows that took place on December 2 – 4, 2009 and October 21 – 22, 1996.

Tickets for the original dates will be honored on the new dates. Refunds will be available for those who cannot attend the new dates for the next 30 days. The band’s performance on April 22 will replace New Year’s Eve and as such will be a three-set concert.

Read a note from Phish below:

With the Omicron variant of Covid-19 surging in New York City, we have made the very difficult decision to reschedule next week’s run of shows at Madison Square Garden.

The health and safety of Phish fans, our crew, and venue staff is paramount in our minds. While Phish has played shows this year as the pandemic has continued, this variant’s ability for rapid transmission is unprecedented.

We are also mindful that a significant number of people travel for these shows and then return to their communities, and we want to avoid accelerating transmission of the virus. Finally, even with the strictest of tour Covid protocols, the prolonged exposure of a four-night indoor run (plus the days of preparation and travel) to critical crew and staff considerably increases the possibility of having to shut the shows down once they’ve started.

We’re fortunate to have found a four-night window in The Garden’s schedule, and the shows will now take place April 20-23, 2022, including a three-set show (as originally planned for New Year’s Eve) on April 22.

Ticket holders can request a refund anytime over the next 30 days, beginning today, if they cannot commit to the rescheduled show date. If a refund is not requested during the allotted time, tickets will be valid for the new show date. Please note: If you purchased from an authorized ticket sales channel (Ticketmaster, Phish Tickets, CID or venue website) these ticketing partners will be contacting all buyers shortly with further instructions.

Thank you all for your understanding. Stay healthy and safe, take care of each other out there and please get vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already.

Phish made their MSG debut on December 30, 1994 and have performed 64 concerts at the storied venue. The New Year’s Run was to have marked the band’s 14th year-end celebration at the venue. The quartet’s latest concert at The Garden took place on New Year’s Eve 2019, a night that concluded with guitarist Trey Anastasio needing to get rescued after he spent the bulk of the third set hanging above the stage on a malfunctioning platform.

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