It’s the last day of SnowBall 2014 kiddies and children with flowers in your hair. But it is far from the least, as the festival and Denver welcomes two Australian acts that garner thousands in the crowd at international festivals. That’s one of the benefits of being where we are, being able to see these people up close and personal.
First, Jagwar Ma. The trio, comprised of Gabriel Winterfield (lead vocalist/guitarist), Jono Ma (guitar, beats, synths, production), and bass guitarist/vocalist Jack Freeman, has been on a consistant touring rampage in line with their debut, Howlin’, released last year on Mom + Pop Records. Playing little studios in East London to a number of dates at SXSW 2014 and here Denver, they’re slated for two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco, along with the Coachella, Leeds, Field Day, Primavera, and Glastonbury festivals. They are the last act on Ballroom stage, going on at 8:30pm.
Consider yourself lucky if you happen to be in the U.K. on Record Store Day and score the split 12″ of Jagwar Ma and Temples, a coveted purchase that no doubt, keeps Noel Gallagher up at night.
Next up on the Australian front, RÜFÜS DU SOUL, an act that came highly recommended by none other than Option4 himself whilst we were catching yesterday’s Starfucker set. Although he connected them with the likes of Empire of the Sun, I could’t help but feel Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs coming through, especially on this track below, “Desert Night.” It’s the second single release from Atlas, released in 2013 on Sweat It Out. The album recently came out on Columbia here in the U.S., after having to add the ‘DU SOUL’ to their name for the American release in the way many British bands have had to add ‘U.K.’ to avoid trademark difficulties. Anyway, catch their 6:45pm set at the Ballroom Stage, which will end their U.S. run for the time being. After Snowball, the trio leaves the states to venture on to Amsterdam, Paris, and over to the U.K. for dates in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasglow, and a stop in London at Scala on the 29th of April before heading home to tour Australia.
The Ballroom Stage continues to be the place to be on this last day, as Denver’s Inner Oceans, who recently received some major recognition via their Westword Best New Band award, take the stage at 3:30pm.
Last things to know before you go to this last day of Snowball 2014.
If you didn’t know already, Denver has a hugely talented pool of artists. A few are showcasing their works at the festival, right near the main stage and bar tent. Take a few moments to appreciate these creative gifts they left.
Lastly, drones continue to make this news, so it was no surprise that we spotted one yesterday during the Brother Ali set. If you ‘called in sick’ in order to attend, your boss may be spying on you and call you out come Monday morning. And if that is really case, you should quit anyway.