written by Austin Allen
It was below freezing when I arrived in Minneapolis, but my blood was warm with excitement for what the night had in store. Only it its first year, Snowta sure orchestrated a stellar way to bring in the New Year. Acts like Tipper, Big Gigantic, Prof, Squnto, Bogtrotter, Sixis, Infected Mushroom, Waka Flocka, and many more while at the same time bringing in a Ferris wheel (which later got shut down) a skateboard contest, interactive art galleries, and a giant slide!
The Minneapolis Convention Center was the perfect place to host this shindig – complete with plenty of space, bathrooms, an outdoor smoking section, seating area, and multiple bars for those 21+. The staff and security were very kind but also was very professional and did exactly what they needed to for Snowta to run accordingly, and they did…..kind of. There was one hiccup that went unnoticed by most but for those who saw it – I’m not sure they’ll forget it anytime soon.
I noticed that the Ferris wheel was stopped early in the night while I was taking pictures during Prof’s 10pm set time and asked a sound guy what happened. According to him someone fell off the damn thing.
I interviewed an eye witness to give me a more specific account of what went down: “I was just standing there watching the Ferris wheel going around and for one I thought it was going way too fast, obviously it was dark but all of a sudden I just saw two people falling from one of the Ferris wheel carts and land on that steel ramp and then EMT’s and what not arrived pretty fast and after that I kinda got out of there…..needed a drink after seeing that.”
Aside from that….it was a grand ol’ time! The skateboard competition was pretty cool and hosted some really awesome talent; it was a fun and different twist that I haven’t seen any other festival implement into their production.
Big Gigantic had the midnight timeslot on the mainstage and counted it down in the most epic of fashions. As 2016 came to an end hundreds of people came together and counted down from ten to put the final nail in the coffin for another year lived. Although 2016 was hated by some and loved by others the tone of the crowd grew strong and more excited as the time wound down and once midnight struck – joyous uproar spread like a wildfire. Balloons and confetti dropped from the ceiling, lights, music, and joy filled the room and love pulsed through the air.
After Big G finished their set and the festival goers shuffled out of the room to either catch Waka Flocka or Nostalgia X Johnny Foreplay X Apparition to close the night out, my squad and I eagerly sat at the mainstage awaiting one of our favorite artists – Tipper. There was excitement in the air as we wondered if it would be downtempo or if he would be exclusively playing tracks from his newest EP Flunked. As the master took the stage and began his set the crowd moved accordingly to the beat that became unfamiliar to Tipper fans; unfamiliar BECAUSE THEY’VE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE!!!! Tipper dropped tracks from his new EP Flunked while incorporating fan favorites such as “Its Like.” It was straight sorcery to say the least.
Like all good nights, this one had to come to an end. People vigorously hugged their friends and told them how much they meant to one another, strangers hugged each other and welcomed each other into a new year full of opportunity and hope. Making my way out of the convention center and into the fierce cold that the new year flaunted I was met by a sea of shivering spunions all awaiting their ride. Retreating into the warmth of my Uber I spent my January 1st like many Snowta attendees did– bringing in the year with those they held close.