Powabunga Festival Makes Its Magnificent Return To Vail This December

Presenting: Powabunga

Winter in Colorado is absolutely breathtaking. Whether you call this state your home or make it a point to visit during the winter months, there is something to be said about spending time surrounded by the beautiful snowcapped mountain ranges. Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains lies a small town called Vail, Colorado. This internationally-renowned winter destination is extremely popular for skiers and riders, as well as anyone looking to step away from everyday life and simply relax.

This December, one of Colorado’s newest music festivals is making its magnificent return to Vail. Powabunga Festival is set to take place from Thursday, December 9th to Sunday, December 12th. This festival will include “four epic days and nights of live music and mountain activities“. Powabunga will be held outdoors at Ford Park, with official after-parties at various locations.

The Powabunga Experience

Spring of 2019 marked the first time that Powabunga transpired in Colorful Colorado. After the event’s massive success, the festival was supposed to take place in two locations in the spring of 2020: Vail, CO, and Lake Tahoe, NV. Unfortunately, Powabunga had to be canceled due to COVID-19.

This year, the festival is back and better than ever. The insane lineup features headliners Rüfüs Du Sol and Bob Moses. In addition, attendees can look forward to seeing Vintage Culture, Elderbrook, Channel Tres, LP Giobbi, and more. View the full lineup below!

So far, the event’s schedule is as follows. The Welcome Party will take place on Thursday before the official festival and after-parties on Friday and Saturday. Finally, Bottomless Bunga Brunch closes out the weekend on Sunday. If the event aligns with 2019, attendees can expect to see various food, drink, and craft vendors as well as art installations at the festival. Additionally, heat lamps and seating areas will be available in the VIP section.

Discover Vail, one ofPowabunga‘s official sponsors, has facilitated putting together a guide for those who plan on attending. Click here for more information on skiing and riding, après functions, dining and nightlife, and shopping. For those coming from out of town, travel accommodations for the event can be viewed here. It’s totally possible (and easy!) to get to and from your chosen Vail Resort hotel and your local airport of choice.

Secure Your Tickets

Currently, the only ticket still available for sale is the general admission weekend pass. Which provides the ticketholder access to the venue for the two festival days, December 10th and 11th. For those that scored a VIP ticket before they sold out, a bunch of extra perks is added. This includes a premium viewing area with heaters, passed hors d’oeuvers, a VIP tent with a private bar, and heated bathroom trailers.

Thinking you’ll decide to send it with your squad? Click here for tickets!

Let’s Boogie

Powabunga Festival will be here before we know it! Grab those beanies and oversized winter jackets. Lace-up your dancing (snow)boots, and start hydrating now. Secure your tickets and travel plans, and let’s get ready to boogie.

Here are a few pro-tips before you make your way to Vail:

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, especially if you are not used to the altitude. Water is important, and it will be for sale in the venue throughout the weekend. You can always boost your hydration with electrolytes!
  2. Bring extra layers. The weather will change significantly when the sun goes down, and it’s better to have extra clothes for when the temperature drops. Also, handwarmers are always great to have.
  3. Bring hearing protection. Outdoor venues are still loud, and we’ve heard that Powabunga has a bangin’ sound system.
  4. Designate a sober driver for the night, use the town’s bus service, or rideshare! Safety first, ladies and gents.
  5. Always be kind, considerate, and respectful!

We’ll see you in Vail!

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Going Under Construction With Chris Lake And Fisher

If you are an avid listener of house music and love deep bass tracks with the occasional “boots ‘n’ cats” mixed in, you have most definitely heard of Chris Lake and Fisher. These two internationally renowned producers and DJs are well known for their hard-hitting, attention-grabbing sounds. Individually, they have both released various tracks that have accumulated millions of streams each. For example, Chris Lake‘s “Turn Off The Lights” featuring Alexis Roberts and Fisher‘s “Losing It“.

Furthermore, they have traveled the globe headlining their own tours as well as performing at countless other festivals and events. These extremely talented artists have made huge strides on their own, paving the way for so many others in the music industry. However, when they join forces, the outcome is MASSIVE.

A New Day Party In Denver

On Saturday, August 14th, a brand new outdoor event came to life in Denver, Colorado. The event, Under Construction, took place outdoors in the parking lot of the Denver Coliseum. The event title is a clever play on words since the stage was located right beside Interstate 70, which is currently (and almost always) under construction. Fun fact: this stage was previously used as the main stage at Global Dance Festival this past month.

When attendees arrived at the event, parking was available in the other half of the parking lot for a pricey cost of $20 per car. However, parking was right next to the event so no one had to walk very far. As soon as everyone navigated the multiple lines of entry, they entered an industrial set-up that was actually surprisingly big. This day party started at 5:30PM when the sun was still high enough in the sky to put out some serious heat. Thankfully, a free water station was located by the entrance for those with hydro packs or reusable water bottles. Disposable cups were also supplied.

Along the back fence of the venue were a few long bars that served alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Additionally, there were a few vendor booths that had plenty of artist merch for those on the lineup. A food truck park and covered seating areas were located in another corner of the venue. Finally, portable restrooms were located on both far sides of the venue.

A majority of the ticket holders had general admission tickets, but for those that wanted to splurge, elevated VIP viewing areas were available. For larger groups, there were even VIP areas up on stage for a hefty price.

Kicking It Off

First up on the decks was a Denver favorite, Ecotek. This producer and DJ has more of a trance sound to his music and really knows how to work a crowd. He has held multiple residencies at The Church Nightclub in Denver over the years, and has songs with thousands of streams including “Falling 4U“.

Up next was house legend Dombresky. This producer and DJ is originally from France and played a wonderful set as attendees flooded in. By now, the venue felt significantly more full. Upbeat, original tracks of his such as “Simple Hit” echoed off of the surrounding buildings as everyone made their way towards the stage.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Vintage Culture took to the stage as the sky began to darken and clouds rolled in. This Brazilian producer and DJ also has millions of streams on a lot of his tracks. His emotion-filled, lyrical house music was perfect to listen to as the sun went down and it began to rain. It was really grounding to dance in the crowd, feel the cold rain on your skin, look at the beautiful lights and lasers shining from the stage, and hear everyone singing along to his remix of Shouse’s “Love Tonight” with Kiko Franco.

After his set, the stage went dark. There were a ton of lightning clouds seemingly approaching the venue, but the rain had stopped. Attendees were wondering if there was in fact a rain or lightning delay happening. However, it turns out that there was a live marching band making their way through the crowd.

Fisher B2B Chris Lake

Once the marching band finished up, the stage lit up and Chris Lake and Fisher started their set. By this point the venue was packed. It seriously felt like a full-on festival just gauging by the size of the production and the number of people there. The crowd was electric. There were shufflers, people up on others’ shoulders, and everyone was dancing together.

I Want You“, “Dance With Me” with Walker & Royce, and “Turn Off The Lights” were some of Chris Lake‘s popular songs that he played. Fisher played tracks including “Losing It“, his remix of “You Got Me (Burnin’ Up)”, and his brand new release titled “Just Feels Tight“.

When Can We Do It Again?

Overall, Under Construction was an amazing event for various reasons. Everything seemed to run smoothly from both an operations and production perspective. Guests had easy access to water stations, food, and drinks, and there was more than enough room for everyone. Afterwards, the artists shared how much fun they had on social media, so it looked like everyone there enjoyed themselves. The weather even held out for the entire event which was perfect as well.

We hope that there are more of these large festival-scale events held throughout Denver in the future. Just when you think that the Bass Capitol has done it all, it always has some surprises on the way!

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