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Snowball Music Festival is outside in the Winter in Colorado (2012 lineup)


“The Snow Ball Music Festival [in 2011] was chill, in more ways than one. Besides the expected below freezing temperatures Avon gets in early March, the atmosphere of the festival and attitude of the attendees were very relaxed. The tents were set up on snow instead of concrete, and so dancing the first night was no small fete as everyone was slipping on the ice. By the end of the weekend, any movement at all was unpleasant as people were standing in puddles of water, beer, and probably some bodily fluids or stuck to the ground in thick mud. The crowd left their clubbing attire at home and sported their neon ski coats instead as they drifted through the clouds of cigarette and marijuana smoke. Despite the cold weather and the impossible dance floor, most importantly, the music was good.” [cause=time]

The SnowBall Music Festival, for people not afraid to watch bands playing outside in freezing temperatures (“We recommend that you come prepared for snow and winter conditions. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40° range during the day and in the teens at night. Please dress accordingly.”), is returning to Vail Valley in Avon, CO from March 2 – 4, 2012. This year’s lineup includes Big Boi, Big Freedia, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (who just announced a Bowery Ballroom show), Deer Tick, Gauntlet Hair, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Thundercat, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and others (listed below)

Early bird and holiday special passes are sold out but regular passes and tickets for the festival are on sale now. Don’t forget your “Warm Jackets, hats, gloves, and snow boots.”

Current lineup below…

A. Tom Collins
The Acidophiles
At Dawn We Rage
Bag Raiders
Beats Antique
Big Boi
Big Freedia
Boneless Boombox
Break Science ft. Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5)
Cassian Cherub
Crushendo (formerly Slim Thugz)
Dada Life
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Deer Tick
Digital Connection
Dillon Francis
DJ Skywalkerr
The Drunken Hearts
Elephant Revival
Eminence Ensemble
Figure Flashlights
Gardens & Villa
Gauntlet Hair
Ghostland Observatory
Gramatik GRiZ
The Head and the Heart
Helicopter Showdown
The Kooks
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Magic Beans
Major Lazer
The Motet
My Goodness
Nathaniel Rateliff
NiT GriT
Paul Basic
Pierce Fulton
Plastic Plates
Small Black
Soul Clap
Stephan Jacobs
Sub.mission Dubstep
Tommy Michael
Trampled by Turtles
TV on the Radio
Two Fresh
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Wolf + Lamb

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