Usually, when you hear “music festival” and “Chicago” in the same sentence, you’d be safe assuming it’s a summer affair.
From Pitchfork to Spring Awakening to Lollapalooza, the city hosts a full plate of festivals each and every summer.
And that’s the niche genius of Snowstorm, Chicago’s first ever Winter music festival, which is set to debut this Saturday at Navy Pier. It may be March, but winter isn’t quite over yet.
While the festival’s ambiance and aesthetics will certainly remind us of that, the musical talent on hand should help warm things up.
Big names Moby and RJD2 represent the festival’s inaugural headliners, and they’re backed up by a host of young talent – including some of Chicago’s very own.
The Hood Internet, Louis The Child, Win + Woo, Orchard Lounge, and Kody Madro will all give Snowstorm a legitimate local touch on Saturday; and they’re all names we could eventually see at some of the bigger festivals mentioned above.
Trippy Turtle, ASTR, Zimmer and Figgy round out the artists, who will all play on the ‘Storm Watch Stage’ between 6pm and 1am.
Other highlights include Chicago’s Redmoon Theater taking care of everything from costumes to mechanical devices, an aptly named ‘Chill Out Zone,’ and a VIP Igloo. Obviously.
Tickets and more info are available at the Snowstorm website, and remember to wear all white because yes – it’s a winter music festival. Get used to it.
(Photo courtesy of Snowstorm Facebook)