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.
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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
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.
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
- Pets (service animals permissible)
- Audio/Visual recording devices
- Lawn or camping furniture
- 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.
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
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