If you were lucky enough to join the throngs of festival goers at Snowball in Denver a few weeks ago, then I’m sure you’ve already spread the word about the craziness that ensued. The Sweaty team was there to cover all of the action and check out some of the hottest (and soon to be hottest) names in the music scene today. Here is a quick recap of some of the highlights from each day!
The first day definitely had it’s mix of different genres, which made bouncing from stage to stage quite the experience. Henry Fong kicked things off with a heavy progressive house set at the Groove Tent. We then checked out The Floozies, who brought their unique live performance with signature funkiness to the main stage. One of the coolest performances all weekend had to be Escort, which is multi-piece live funk/disco band who really capitalized on their first performance in CO. Knife Party closed out the night with a set that showed versatility and crowd awareness. All in all, a great start to a banger weekend.
The second day offered a lot more of an indie vibe, especially on the main stage. STRFKR and Yeasayer showcased their unique indie-electro sounds to lead up to the B.M.O.C., Pretty Lights, who brought a brand new live set to Colorado. Drummer Adam Deitch and turntablist Chris Karns joined Pretty Lights on stage to produce an super dope hip-hop heavy set. The ultra-fresh performance was just what the Denver crowd ordered and reminded everyone why Pretty Lights is one of the best in the business.
Arguably the best day from start to finish. What So Not brought his signature sounds from down under to get things poppin’ in the afternoon. Kap Slap took the stage next, broken ankle and all, and threw down one of the most high-energy performances of the weekend. Afterwards, Clockwork (aka RL Grime) showed off his versatility with a progressive house set that was a far cry from his typical trap set.
And then there was the Pretty Lights Music Party. Whoa. Pretty Lights and his entire crew threw down a long set filled with banger after banger, with PLM artist Supervision doing a lot of live scratching and mixing on the turntables. It was awesome to see so much talent rockin’ out together in front of a huge crowd. PLM is definitely pushing the envelope when it comes to creativity and collaboration, and this set was just another notch in the belt for the famed label. And just when you thought the day couldn’t get any better, GRiZ threw down a brand new, extra funky set to close out the festival. He played all of his biggest tracks, sprinkled in a few funk classics, and showcased his new live production, which included a guitarist, trombone player and trumpeter. It was awesome to see so much home grown talent crushing it at this year’s festival, and we can’t wait to see what Snowball has in store for next year!