Snowball Festival makes for a killer weekend

This year’s snowball festival at Winter Park has a stacked lineup. From Friday March 8 to Sunday March 10, Winter Park, CO will host this year’s festival. On opening day the main stage has headliners Kendrick Lamar and Big Gigantic. Kendrick Lamar is an american rapper that gained attention with the release of his fourth mixtape, “Overly Dedicated.” Big Gigantic, the headliner on Friday is a electronic, jazz, and hip-hop band from Boulder, Colorado. They are known for their high energy performances.

Then on Saturday, the main stage line-up includes Kink Ador starting at 2 pm followed by Tumbleweed Wanderers, Delta Spirit, Polica, Portugal. the Man, and Pretty Lights. Portugal. the Man is an american rock band from Portland, Oregon. Pretty Lights, also known as Derek Vincent Smith, plays electronic music and is well known for his hits in the last few years. Smith originated from Fort Collins, Colorado where he first started writing music in high school. Smith considers his music as “electronic hip-hop soul.”

Sunday will see Surfer Blood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Grizmatik, opening for STS9. STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) is an instrumental band that mixes standard rock instrumentation with electronic music. STS9 has their origins in Georgia. They have appeared in numerous festivals and are known for their live performances.

There is plentiful parking available at Winter Park for the events and no age restrictions, although children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Food and drinks including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at Winter Park. Attendees that are visibly intoxicated and causing problems will be removed from the premises.

Other bands playing at the tent and ballroom include Datsik, Krewella, American Royalty, Japandroids, Flying Lotus and more. Tickets for all three days are currently $170, but tickets for one day are available as low as $60. The full lineup can be found online along with the schedule of events. Make sure to bring a coat and some warm clothes because it will be cold at Winter Park at night.

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