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The SnowBall Music Festival 2013 survival guide

For more photos, visit our Snowball 2012 slide show.
For more photos, visit our Snowball 2012 slide show.
Britt Chester

The third edition of the annual SnowBall Music Festival kicks off tomorrow night in Winter Park. Seasoned veterans that we are, we've put together an exhaustive survival guide for you to ensure that you have the best possible experience and don't become a human popsicle. We know what to bring, how much to bring and what not to bring, as we've weathered the storm since the beginning and know all to well the perils of wet socks, under dressing and breathing into hands to attempt to thaw them out. We've also got the full line up and set times for the fest and the drop on the after parties. Continue on to get the drop.

See also:

- SnowBall Music Festival's organizers on how it came together and what inspired it

- SnowBall Music Festival 2012: Day 1 travelogue

- SnowBall Music Festival 2012: Day 2 travelogue



If the idea of standing outside in the cold and snow sounds positively unappealing to you, either you're not from Colorado or you're new here. Whatever the case, don't let any of that dissuade you from heading up to the mountains for the aptly named SnowBall Music Festival in Winter Park. We're pretty sure that the exposure won't faze you amid all the great music you'll be, er, exposed to at the third annual edition of the festival. An avalanche of talent is lined up for the three-day fest: Pretty Lights, STS9, Big Gigantic, Porter Robinson, Kendrick Lamar, Portugal. The Man, Flying Lotus, Polica, Japandroids, Surfer Blood and much more.


WHAT TO BRING

NECESSITIES:

  • Festival pass (bracelet, hard tickets)
  • Identification (license, state issued ID, passport)
  • Cash (for convenience and so you can avoid ATM fees)
  • Cell phone (don't lose your friends)
  • Keys (don't lose these in the snow, you will not find them)

INCIDENTALS:

  • Camera*
  • Glow sticks (any amount will do)
  • Rage stick (great for locating your group of friends)
  • Sealed water bottles (2)
  • Hand warmers (3) pairs
  • Empty camel back
  • Backpack (Be ready for this to be searched upon entry)

* If you don't have media access, make sure your camera does not have an interchangeable lens.

OUTER GEAR:

  • Socks (3) pairs
  • Thermal Underwear (1 set)
  • Pants (jeans, Carhartt, fleece lined works best)
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Hooded sweat shirt (2)
  • Ski pants (1)
  • Winter coat (1)
  • Scarf (1)
  • Gloves (1 pair)
  • Beanie (1)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Boots (1) pair
  • Shoes (2) pairs
  • Underwear (4) pairs

Additional notes:

Festival Pass: This might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised. In all your haste to head up up to the hills, you don't want to forget your tickets. Seriously. Double and triple check. Forget 'em, and you'll be that guy. Don't be that guy. Not to mention, it's a bit of a haul back to Denver.

Packing When packing, think about the kind of attire that would be appropriate for chilling with penguins or polar bears and bring that. You'll be in the mountains where the chance of snow is, well, high. Although that pair of snow boots doesn't really match your furry boot covers, practicality always trumps style, especially when it comes to braving the cold. Last year, it snowed several times during the festival, all while the big acts were hosting the main stage. Wear warm clothes, and don't go cheap on the fleece. Trust us: No matter how much you might love Pretty Lights, Kendrick Lamar or STS9, wearing ice cubes for shoes doesn't help you dance any better.

Parking: Parking is one of those things that typically works best when you approach it with the mindset of Clarke W. Griswold: "First in. First out." If you happen to find a good parking spot, hold onto that thing for dear life.

Stay Hydrated: Finally, and this is probably the most critical thing to remember: Stay hydrated! We repeat: Stay hydrated! Again, you will be in the mountains at a notably high elevation, so staying hydrated is of the utmost importance to stave off altitude sickness and keep enjoying the festival to the fullest.


WHAT NOT TO BRING

This is pretty simple, actually: Think of SnowBall as an airplane and the ticket lines as TSA staff: If you wouldn't bring it on a plane, don't bring it to SnowBall. Pretty simple. Don't bring any weapons, drugs or outside food or drink. Camelback and Nalgene bottles will be not be permitted, and you certainly can't bring any glass. If you have a license to sell anything, don't, and leave promo fliers and such at home. And, again, unless you're media, don't even consider bringing your DSLR camera or any kind of audio recording devices.

LEAVE IT AT HOME:

  • Weapons, fireworks, knives
  • Outside food or drink, this includes alcohol
  • Illegal substances or drug paraphernalia
  • Coolers, flasks, glass
  • Lawn or camping furniture
  • Umbrella
  • Pets (service animals permissible)
  • Audio/Visual recording devices
  • Lawn or camping furniture
  • Umbrella
  • Large/Framed backpack
  • Any form of personal transportation (skis, snowboard, scooter, skateboard)
  • Water guns/laser pointers
  • Chain wallets (leave those in 1996)
  • Instruments of any kind

Keep reading for ticket info and the complete lineup/set times for the festival and the after parties.

The SnowBall Music Festival 2013 survival guide
SnowBallMusicFestival.com

TICKETS AND LINE-UP

Tickets: Regular three-day tickets are still available for $164.00, while single-day tickets are going for $79.00 to $125.00 (VIP), and there's other VIP options available that run from $299-$449. You can purchase those directly at SnowBallMusicFestival.com. While we have the full lineup and set times posted below, you can also create a custom schedule and then print out a PDF version of your itinerary on SnowBall's site.


FRIDAY, MARCH 8


Main Stage

03:00 - 04:00 - Cold River city

04:30 - 05:45 - Yamn

06:15 - 07:30 - Porter Robinson

08:00 - 09:00 - Kendrick Lamar

09:30 - 11:00 - Big Gigantic

Groove Tent

02:30 - 03:15 - Vinnie Maniscalco

03:15 - 04:15 - Robotic Pirate Monkey

04:30 - 05:30 - R.A.C.

05:45 - 06:45 - Zion I

07:00 - 08:00 - The Presets

08:30 - 09:30 - Krewella

Ballroom

02:30 - 03:15 - Rumtum

03:30 - 04:30 - Floozies

04:45 - 06:00 - Twiddle

06:30 - 08:30 - Orchard Lounge

08:45 - 09:45 - American Royalty


SATURDAY, MARCH 9


Main Stage

02:00 - 02:45 - Kink Ador

03:15 - 04:15 - Tumbleweed Wanderers

04:45 - 05:45 - Delta Spirit

06:15 - 07:15 - Polica

07:45 - 09:00 - Portugal. The Man

09:30 - 11:00 - Pretty Lights

Groove Tent

02:00 - 03:00 - Truth

03:00 - 04:00 - Luminox

04:15 - 05:15 - Run DMT

05:30 - 06:30 - Gigamesh

07:00 - 08:00 - Teed

08:30 - 09:30 - Datsik

Ballroom

02:15 - 03:00 - School Knights

03:30 - 04:30 - Steffi Graf

04:30 - 05:30 - Mo Rockin

05:45 - 06:45 - Shlohmo

07:15 - 08:15 - Rubblebucket

08:45 - 09:45 - Japandroids


SUNDAY, MARCH 10


Main Stage

01:00 - 02:00 - Ramona

02:15 - 03:00 - Bonfire Dub

03:45 - 04:45 - Surfer Blood

05:15 - 06:30 - Robert Randolph

07:00 - 08:00 - Grizmatik

08:30 - 10:00 - STS9

Groove Tent

01:15 - 02:15 - K Theory

02:30 - 03:45 - Michal Menert

04:00 - 05:00 - Aeroplane

05:00 - 06:00 - Destructo

06:15 - 07:15 - Flosstradamus

07:45 - 08:45 - Flying Lotus

Ballroom

02:00 - 03:00 - Chris B.

03:15 - 04:15 - Bestfriends

05:00 - 06:00 - Ishi

06:30 - 07:30 - Tennis

08:00 - 09:00 - Crizzly with Lil Flip


AFTER PARTIES


Winter Park Mountain Lodge (Shadow Ballroom)

03/08/13 - Michal Menert (PLM), Paul Basic (PLM) - $25 - SOLD OUT

03/09/13 - Datsik, Luminox, and ChrisB. - $25 - SOLD OUT

03/10/13 - GRiZ, Destructo - $25 - SOLD OUT

Winter Park Pub

03/08/13 - Robotic Pirate Monkey, VS, Spencer Foreman and Dose the Planet - $20

03/09/13 - Run DMT, CryWolf, Quiz & Catch, and Azon - $20

03/10/13 - Luminox, Wuki, Charity Strike, and Mosis - $15

Smokin' Moe's

03/08/13 - Yamn, Twiddle - $10

03/09/13 - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), Guns in the Sun DJs - $20

03/10/13 - Aeroplane, Ishi, Bonfire Dub - $10

Winter Park Mountain Lodge (Grand Ballroom)

03/08/13 - RAC, Kim (of the Presets), and American Royalty (DJ set) - $20

03/09/13 - Robotic Pirate Monkey, Vinnie Maniscalco, and Option 4 - $20

03/10/13 - Crizzly, ChrisB. - $20

Ullrs Tavern

03/08/13 - Zion I, The Floozies - $25

03/09/13 - Gigamesh, Orchard Lounge - $20

03/10/13 - Paul Basic (PLM), American Royalty, Bestfriends - $10

Strip and Tail

03/08/13 - Mancub, Flashlights, Hollagramz - $10

03/09/13 - Shlohmo, Ramona - $15

03/10/13 - K Theory, Mo'Rockin - $10