I didn’t think Snowball could get any better after Day 1, and I was wrong. Unfortunately, we were pretty jetlagged, and after a morning of incredible tree runs up in the bowls, we ended up taking a solid 3 hour nap, and didn’t make it into the festival until like 7:30. It would’ve been awesome to see Luminox, Run DMT, and everyone else that was playing all afternoon, and we were bummed to have missed them. That said, everything we did make it to was incredible. We walked into the groove tent for the second half of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, who had an awesome, heady vibe. Below, you can see a picture of the very solid crowd they drew, and the air above them full of confetti. Much like Krewella’s balloons, the confetti was a nice touch.
Up next was Datsik, who threw down HARD. He opened with Jump Back by Flux Pavilion, which was surprising and really awesome, and from there kept the vibe going with heavy bass and all the energy you would expect him to bring. There were an insane amount of people packed in to see him, and once the beats started dropping and we all got into a collective seizure, things got a little hairy. I saw a lot of people eat shit on the ice, and everyone was pushing and throwing their bodies around. Even in a situation like that though, the people of Colorado are all ridiculously nice and everyone was always apologizing to each other and generally just being really nice. For a guy from New Jersey, this always blows my mind, as back home crowds are always far more hostile towards each other.
After Datsik came Pretty Lights, who in my opinion stands head and shoulders above every other producer in the game. I could go on for a long time about how huge of a fan I am of his (), but I will spare you the details here. One of my favorite things about him is that he is constantly changing things up. I’ve seen him four times now, and each set has been totally distinct from the others. He started off his set with about a half hour of new stuff, which I assume is going to be on the album he’s been working on for a while now. It was incredibly good, and I think that when it finally gets released its gonna be a strong candidate for best album of the year.
He then went on to play crazy VIPs and standard versions of all his best songs. The highlight for me was definitely ‘I Can See It In Your Face’ because that horn line gets me every time. He then played a bunch of his older stuff, which was awesome because its all amazing. Above and below are shots of his light show, which was INSANE. He brought an absurd number of lasers, and there were all kinds of colors and crazy patterns shooting through the smoke out over the crowd. As my boy Connor made a point of saying several times, those lights were pretty.
The end of his set was ‘I Know The Truth’ followed by ‘We Must Go On.’ It was cool because I was expecting ‘I Know The Truth’ to be last, but he decided to throw in one more, and chose the mellowest track of his recent releases. As he said, instead of ending with a banger, he wanted to go out with a track full of love. as the beat dropped, he shouted “This one’s for the survivors!” and throughout his set, you could just tell he was beyond stoked to be back in his home state playing to a huge crowd of his most loyal followers.
All in all, it was a great day, and I can’t wait for tomorrow!