Phish fans trash Stateline area during first of 2 shows at Lake Tahoe |

Phish fans trash Stateline area during first of 2 shows at Lake Tahoe

Garbage littered the area around Stateline Wednesday morning after the first of two performances by Phish.
South Lake Tahoe Police Department via Twitter

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.

“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.

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