The Snowball Music Festival that is set to take place in Winter park March 8-10 next year has released the first "phase" of the lineup and has begun selling tickets to the event.
Snowday and Early Bird tickets are already sold out; however, there is still an opportunity to get a discounted price on tickets by purchasing the holiday special ticket. VIP and "Snowballer" tickets are also available.
The first phase of the lineup includes a few big names, with in excess of 30 more artists to be released.
Some of the bigger names on the lineup so far are Big Gigantic, Zion I, and Pretty Lights. Other performers include Portugal, The Man, Kendrick Lamar, Datsik, Flosstradamus, Rubblebucket, Porter Robinson, and Crizzly W/ Lil Flip.
Known for bringing big names in the music world to small mountain towns in Colorado, SnowBall took place in Avon the past two years and is now making the move to Winter Park.
Last year the event brought more than 8,000 people to Avon, and this year's SnowBall is expected to bring 8,000 to 10,000 people. Winter park has not hosted an event of this size since Widespread Panic played a live show at Winter Park Resort in 2006.
Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber of Commerce, which is acting as liaison between the event organizers and businesses in the county, expressed her excitement about the event during an interview that took place in November.
"It's a little nerve racking at the moment and there is a lot of work to be done," Ross said. "But I think it will be fun."
With the large influx of people that will attend the event come an increase in the need for police enforcement during the event.
Officers in Winter Park have already begun establishing contact with Avon police to discuss the previous year's shows and the enforcement issues that arose.
Ross commented that local law enforcement agencies have the proper experience to handle an event like this and that it was important to make sure the agencies had the proper resources they need to keep everybody safe.
"I have extreme confidence in our law enforcement teams in the county," Ross said.
You can follow the updates on the lineup, check the full list of the first phase of the lineup announcement, or purchase tickets by visiting the event's website at snowballmusicfestival.com or by checking out the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber of Commerce's website at playwinterpark.com.