With a weekend of stellar views, low temperatures, and nonstop music Snowball Music Festival found its new home in Winter Park, Colorado. Festival organizers worked to ensure attendees were given a unique and enjoyable weekend and succeeded. The list of complaints is small (and greatly outnumbered by the praises). Here are some touches that made the weekend of music in the mountains:
-Volunteers walking around passing out FREE popcorn! What’s not to like?
-A bonfire to huddle around for warmth when temps dipped to the single digits.
-A simple layout that allowed you to wander from stage to stage easily.
-Charter buses that ran from multiple locations around the state made commuting to the festival easy. If you were coming from out of town, then the shuttles were the way to go.
-Extracurricular entertainment: Dancers (both ladies and abominable snowmen), a string of balloons jutting high into the sky, fire hoopers, ice sculptures, and a ski/snowboard trick ramp next to the main stage.
-As for that short complaint list: More than a few unlucky Snowballers fell victim to the treacherous ice that covered the ground in the tents. Also, when a stage ends up a half hour behind for an entire day you’re going to confuse people. You’ll confuse even more people if you don’t announce let everyone know somehow.
-Most importantly, Snowball had a diverse lineup of quality music. The highlights…
One week from now thousands of visitors will descend upon Winter Park, Colorado for a fun-filled weekend in the Rockies. They will be bundled up and ready for incredible thrills, but unlike most other winter weekends there will be more than just skiing and snowboarding to entertain the masses. The 3rd annual Snowball Music Festival will be storming the town with over 50 artists ranging from electronic to folk and rock to hip-hop. After hosting the first two editions in the posh town of Avon, CO the festival has found a suitable new home in the more laid back Winter Park. The festival’s theme of music, adventure, party will fit right in.
This year’s Snowball will be headlined by sax-infused electronic duo Big Gigantic, Colorado producer Pretty Lights, and livetronica jam masters Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9). Seeing these top acts in the mountains will be unforgettable experiences not to be missed. Luckily, there will be no reason to miss these sets because the main stages will close out each night unopposed. Before the closers hit the stage, here are a handful of earlier performers not to be missed…
Our Lolla-takeover week is well underway and we’ve got more giveaway goodness to throw out to our readers thanks to our friends at React Presents. After hooking you up with tickets to see Calvin Harris and Nero with Die Antwoord, we’ve got one last show that you’re going to want to go see. How about checking out Zeds Dead and Big Gigantic at Congress Theater Saturday night? We’re pretty sure you won’t want to miss it. For those of you who don’t win, you can head over to ClubTix to snag a pair before it sells out, otherwise try your luck in our contest.
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Adventure’s Clubs’ “Do I See Color” has been a huge hit for the duo coming out of Canada and at the end of last week, the track finally got what it has earned, a remix done by Big Gigantic. Their remix of “Do I See Color” takes the track from a melodic-bass driven track to the upbeat Big G sound we’ve all come to love. Take a listen below and then head over to SoundCloud for the free download.
Big Gigantic! If you haven’t heard of them already, this is a must see live performing duo representing Boulder, CO. The collaboration of exhilarating electronic beats, smooth saxophone, and a rockin’ drumset. Watch this electrifying video and see what you have been missing out on. Now try and can catch the end of their Winter Tour. If not, have no fear for they will be performing across the states at a festival near you!
Electronic duo Big Gigantic had a pleasant surprise for fans when they announced that they will be releasing Nocturnal, their latest album of saxxy jams. Big G themselves seem to be as excited as anyone, encouraging fans to get it any way possible. Check out the post from the group’s official Facebook page here. Let’s hope these tracks are able to capture the intensity of the band’s live performances.
If there was any question after year one, then the second annual North Coast Music Festival affirmed that it is here to join the ranks of Chicago’s premier summer festivals. The festival developed more of an identity this year with its electronic-oriented lineup while still managing to break off into the hip-hop, indie, and jam arenas.
The crowd was an integral part of the atmosphere with audience members sporting outlandish outfits, elaborate totems to bring their groups together, and non-stop enthusiasm for whatever was going on in front of them. When Friday’s heat and Saturday’s rain drove the rest of the city indoors it was time for the North Coasters to rage.
Follow us as we recap the crazy weekend, kicking it off today with Day 2 featuring Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, Major Lazer, Common, STS9, and Fatboy Slim. If you missed Day 1, not to worry, it’s all after the jump. Catch our final day hitting the site tomorrow morning!
In preparation for their upcoming Fall Tour Dates, Big Gigantic have released a new video filled with live footage and featuring an exclusive new track “Rise & Shine” off their upcoming album release. If your in the Chicago area you’ll have two shots to see them one of which is the North Coast Music Festival, but they’re basically going around the entire US spreading that bass. Hit the break for the rest of the tour dates.