Phish fans trash Stateline area during first of 2 shows at Lake Tahoe
July 18, 2018
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department has a message for Phish fans: Pick up your garbage.
That comes following the first of two sold out shows on South Shore. Tuesday's performance left the adjacent streets and area littered with trash.
While there's usually some beer cans littered about following summer concert performances at Harveys Lake Tahoe, it is never as bad as the scene Wednesday morning, according to Lt. Shannon Laney.
"Any other show … it's not like that."
The reason, he explained, is that a group of illegal vendors travels with the band, which is known for its dedicated fan base.
During past performances by Phish, many of the vendors would set up shop in casino parking garages. With Stateline casinos implementing paid parking during special events, those vendors moved to the California side of the state line right next to the concert venue.
Recommended Stories For You
"We wrote a couple citations but it was just out of our control," Laney said.
Photos posted by the police department show a significant amount of garbage, especially deflated balloons, littering the area.
In response, the official Phish Twitter account sent out several tweets calling on fans to respect host locations.
"As summer tour gets underway, please remember to respect the communities and venues that host us all by cleaning up after yourselves and others. Use proper receptacles for garbage and recycling. Please be considerate and appreciative to local residents and businesses."
Laney said officers will be out tonight for the second show and they will be writing citations.
The City will be working hard to cleanup the aftermath of the @phish concert. There is another Phish concert tonight. @phish Please help spread the word to your following to help protect our National Treasure and respect our residents/visitors. We will be out issuing citations. pic.twitter.com/q31IPMuCJB
— South Lake Tahoe PD (@SLakeTahoePD) July 18, 2018
These folks are welcoming us into their community and putting up with the inconvenience that this can cause – please show your thanks by respecting their space. Thanks for your understanding and see you on tour!
— Phish (@phish) July 18, 2018
As summer tour gets underway, please remember to respect the communities and venues that host us all by cleaning up after yourselves and others. Use proper receptacles for garbage and recycling. Please be considerate and appreciative to local residents and businesses.
— Phish (@phish) July 18, 2018
Trending In: Carousel
- Tahoe Neighborhoods Group submits signatures for VHR ballot initiative
- Phish fans trash Stateline area during first of 2 shows at Lake Tahoe
- Tahoe-Truckee storms: May take months to determine true cost of damage
- Incline Village Community Appreciation Days
- Kingsbury Middle School sale nets $3.525 million
- Incline Village man accused of child abuse turns self in, vows to fight ‘false allegation’
- Caltrans to activate new traffic light in South Lake Tahoe Tuesday
- Ribaudo column: On South Lake Tahoe’s Measure T (opinion)
- Bank drops attempted takeover of Bijou Shopping Center in South Lake Tahoe
- Tahoe Daily Tribune: Measure T in South Lake Tahoe? (opinion)