Snowball Music Festival 47 Arrest in Avon Colorado

by on March 18, 2011 in Concert News

Snowball Music Festival 47 Arrest in Avon Colorado
Snowball Music Festival Photo: Soren McCarty | Mountain Weekly News

AVON, CO – The Snowball Music Festival took place in downtown Avon, providing a great time for lovers of music, snow and the mountains. The festival was held at Nottingham Park providing easy access from the Interstate, via regional and local bus routes. This made parking breeze but taking the bus was much easier. The musical line up was solid for a first year festival.

The Headliners included Pretty Lights, Bassnectar and the Flaming Lips. Some of the other bands that were fan favorites included Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Diplo, Savoy, Lotus, Paper Diamond, Big Gigantic, Eoto, Air Dubai, Brother Ali and Portugal the Man.

Overall the festival was a good time, it is important to be prepared when attending winter music festivals. Due to the cold wet nature of festivals it is better to over dress than under dress. The first night fans came in clothes that you might wear to Red Rocks, they soon learned that snow and slush is not the right fit for mini skirts and t-shirts. The next night the fans came dressed a little more for the weather.

Bassnectar was a huge hit with the young fan base. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips announced on Sunday that this was the first time he had ever played a festival in the snow, and hoped it snowed all night and he looked forward to playing in the snow again and gushed about what a great time he had onstage.

It would be great to see more festivals like this pop up in mountain towns and ski areas, the Mountain Weekly hopes the Snowball Festival continues to grow and put on great music in the future.

Did you attend the Snowball? What were you favorite bands or highlights?

Editors Note: There were 48 arrest made by local police at the festival along with 1 case of alleged rape according to the Vail Daily Newspaper. How does this help the Vail/Beaver Creek brand? As a former tax payer and citizen of the county I feel sad that this event was allowed to happen. I hate to say it, but told you so.

Were all for live music events, but the combination of bands, crowd and timing just didn’t seem to work from my stand point.. Maybe I am just getting old.

9 CommentsAdd yours

  • Rider12 - March 21, 2011 Reply

    Anything to help during a recession I suppose.

  • Rider12 - March 21, 2011 Reply

    …Despite the increase in attendance, the arrest number was on pace to be down slightly from last year, when 69 arrests were made throughout the weekend.”

    • Mike Hardaker - March 21, 2011 Reply

      This is true, I personally think its funny that this festival was allowed to come to town when in years past the city council members have expressed that they did not want “certain types of bands” playing in the community, ie Phish, Widespread Panic. Just look to Aspen and Telluride to see how music events should be booked in the mountains. They seem to have it figured out, with the right bands, location and vibe..

      Mike Hardaker

  • Rider12 - March 21, 2011 Reply

    and how many arrests at Coachella last year?

    • Mike Hardaker - March 21, 2011 Reply

      From the LA Times 4/18/2010:

      “Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron confirmed reports that a small number of ticketless fans had jumped the gate, but police made only 12 arrests Friday, and all were alcohol- or drug-related. The Goldenvoice-promoted festival, now in its 11th year, is drawing a record 75,000 people per day

      Mike Hardaker

  • Rider12 - March 18, 2011 Reply

    Why is the title of this article, “Snowball Music Festival Rocks Avon With 47 Arrest”? Doesn’t really have much to do with the content. I heard that Avon had like 25 cops on duty each day for snowball, Red Rocks only has 3 at any given show…

  • Tinman - March 18, 2011 Reply

    Nice pics and had to be a good time…in AVON!!! WoW things have changed! Well…about the 47 arrests I bet 40 were 4 drinking a driving!

    • Mike Hardaker - March 18, 2011 Reply


      Drinking and Driving in the valley has been a long time issue. I guess 47 arrest out of 10,000 aint bad. Thing is at Red Rocks we have zero issues???

      Mike Hardaker


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