If the Minneapolis Convention Center’s handlers would loosen up and allow camping tents, portojohns and devil sticks inside the facility, the newly announced Snowta NYE Festival might turn into an indoor winter answer to Somerset’s popular Summer Set Music & Camping Fest.
The second annual electronic-dance/hip-hop/psychedelic grooveathon -- happening New Year’s weekend, Dec. 30 and 31 -- has confirmed an impressively unconventional lineup (get it?) with EDM-style acts including Excision, Pretty Lights, Ganja White Night, Bear Grillz, Ookay, Joyryde and Mija; rappers such as Gucci Mane (who just opened for the Weeknd at Xcel Center on Sunday), Post Malone and locals Prof, Mac Irv, Nazeem & Spencer Joles and Dwynell Roland; and rock acts Ho99o9, Wookiefoot and John Wayne & the Pain. See the full lineup in the poster below.
Two-day passes are on sale now for $160 general-admission or $220 VIP via the festival’s website, SnowtaNYE.com. Fans must be 18 years old to get into the fest. The event is co-produced by Zack Chazin and his Chazin Entertainment crew, who also oversee the lineups for the Zombie Pub Crawl and Iowa’s 515 Alive Festival.
Word is Chazin & Co. actually did feel out convention center staff on allowing for overnight camping there this year, in light of the newly added second day. But it was a moot point because the NFL is moving into the convention center right away on Jan. 1 to start Super Bowl LII preparations. Let’s all cross our fingers and glowsticks that this can become a real thing next year.