Mar 21 2013
Colorado, you never cease to amaze! Even with freezing winds and icy grounds, your fans and music ALWAYS bring the heat! Snowball 2013 was no exception and took it to the next level as nearly 11,000 fans came out to show their love and support. Coming from all corners of Colorado and across the US, nothing could slow down the energy and vibes that were brought into Winter Park last weekend.
Snowball attendees were not scared away by the frigid temperatures, which dropped to single digits Saturday night, but made the festival that much more unique with outrageous winter outfits, costumes, rage sticks, hats and more. The iced frozen grounds made it extremely difficult to get around at times, but everyone seemed to help out a neighbor in need of a little support. The various vendors and local artists brought an extra blast of flavor that showed the creativity and artistic culture that surrounds the Colorado festival scene.
With the new location, came a new attitude. The laidback locals of Winter Park welcomed in the Snowballers and their business with open arms. The Festival grounds, which consisted of 3 stages, offered a variety of music all times of the day. All stages were in close proximity to each other making it super easy to move from one show to the next. The Groove Tent and Ballroom were each covered and offered a brief shelter from the cold. The Main Stage collaborated with the visions of every artist, making each performance one of a kind and truly come to life.
The first day of music raised the bar for the weekend with Robotic Pirate Monkey, The Floozies, Porter Robinson, Kendrick Lamar, American Royalty and Zion I (just to name a few) stealing the shows for the day. Closing out the night was Big Gigantic who truly did it BIG with a massive fireworks display that left the crowds ready for Day 2.
Day 2 was the most frigid of all but the party kept going with amazing performances by Luminox, Gigamesh, Run DMT, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinasaurs, Polica, Portugal the Man, and Datsik. Closing the night out was Colorado native, Pretty Lights, whose laser light show and stunning fireworks truly came to life and got the crowd extra rowdy.
Day 3 was filled with Colorado sunshine that raised the crowds’ energy to a record high. Exceptional performances from K Theory, Michal Menert, Aeroplane, Robert Randolph, Flosstradamus, Grizmatik, Flying Lotus, and Crizzly with Lil Flip made the day a complete success. To close the night, STS9 took Snowballers on a musical journey that put the cherry on top of a spectacular weekend.
But the party didn’t stop when the festival gates shut. Six local bars and venues opened their doors each night offering specials and hosting the after parties late into the evening. Showcasing 18 shows and over 50 artists throughout the weekend, it was difficult to decide which party to attend. Some of the after parties featured snowball artists like Datsik, Michal Menert, Griz, Twiddle, Run DMT, Robotic Pirate Monkey, Orchard Lounge and many more.
All in all, Snowball 2013 lived up to the hype. Bridging the gap of the long awaited summer festivals, Snowball was the perfect way to get out that pent up excitement and kick off festy season right! So make sure not to miss Snowball 2014, it is expected to be another year of impressive music and Colorado lovin!
Written and Shot by ADRIA SUCH!