Civil Liberties

238 Phish Fans Arrested During Band's Four-Concert Run at NYC's Madison Square Garden

Mostly for possession of marijuana, ecstasy


It wasn't a Happy New Year for the hundreds of Phish fans arrested in New York City during the jam-band's recent four-show run at Madison Square Garden. A total of 238 arrests were reported after the first three concerts leading up to the New Year's Eve celebration.

Like the Deadheads before them, Phish fans have become common targets wherever the band performs—usually arenas and amphitheaters. Most of the arrests tend to be for drug possession and sales, with marijuana and "molly" (Ecstasy) the drugs of choice among Phish's devoted twentysomething followers.