As the sun rose over Winter Park last March, it illuminated the grounds set up for Colorado’s biggest music festival: SnowBall. For three days, music-hungry people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and ethnicities got funky fist-pumping to heavy dance music, jammed out with jam band legends, got down in the company of top hip-hop artists. Amongst four different stages scattered throughout the grounds, fans had the options between heated tents or bearing the snowy elements under the stars and lights. The festival is completely outdoors, causing it to fully embrace Colorado’s undying love for nature as well as satisfying the thirst for a good party. During the day, guests are free to meander through Winter Park, hit the slopes to shred fresh powder, or simply stay on the grounds to enjoy some of the smaller artists. Walking through th festival grounds ice sculptures, vendors, and fire pits caught the eyes of many while music never ceased to infiltrate every ear. Colorado’s own artists such as Pretty Lights (who has graced SnowBall for two of its three years), Robotic Pirate Monkey and Big Gigantic have dominated stages in the past amongst international and national acts like The Kooks, Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar, Kendrick Lamar, Diplo, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Brother Ali, and Datsik – just to name a handful.
In the two years prior to 2013, the festival was held at Vail Valley. In 2014, the show will go on – contrary to many rumors that it may not go down at all – at Sports Authority Field in Denver. There are several speculations as to why SnowBall has continuously found a new home each year, but many attendees are just looking forward to raging through the three-day festival in a 76,000 person venue. At SnowBall, the party doesn’t stop for the duration of the entire celebration. Many acts play well into the night for those who are still keeping warm in the chilly Colorado air, but those who wish to flock to warmth don’t have to stop their fun either. After-parties fill the spaces between the last headliner and the colorful sunrise over the Rockies. As Denver with its new home, SnowBall has an entire playground of venues for any activity to keep occupied during the day apart from the ongoing music such as strolling along 16th Street Mall or easily walking next door to Elitch’s Amusement Park. The night, however, is dedicated to immaculate light shows, cannons of confetti, soulful performances, and an increasingly diverse and eclectic attendees.
On April 4th-6th, with 65 artists anticipated to perform on four stages, one can only imagine that this year is going to be the most impressive production yet. General Admission tickets for the three days are available for all ages (kids 10 and younger have free admission!) at $129.50 online at www.snowballmusicfestival.com – for now. I would not doubt the possibility of SnowBall selling out in a short period of time. Although the festival is still new to the scene, it has become one of the only winter festivals that truly embraces the outdoors of the Rocky Mountains. Looking at the numbers of increasing attendance, word spreads quickly that SnowBall is a festival not to be passed up.
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Written By: Jaelyn Kohl