Photos & Words | Minus Zero Festival

We packed our snowboards and cameras up to head north to shred and party in Minus Zero (celsius) mountainside fun. Closing out the winter ski season, Minus Zero Winter Sport & Music Festival in Stratton Mountain, Vermont gave fans a great reason to head back to the slopes before the summer months set in. Check out our photos and daily recap below.


Day One of Minus Zero in Vermont

After a day of boarding on the mountain, we made it to the stage just in time for Pierce Fulton – local to Stratton (here!) treating us to an incredible and upbeat apres-ski set! It was a really special energy, since he grew up here, and Stratton isn’t particularly known for hosting festivals (until now!). After Futon’s set, Gorgon City hit the stage taking things into a way groovier and deeper vibe. By then, the crowd had hit the stage in full force and what was once a gondola line was now a full blown dance floor.

As the sun set, Attlas, Mau5Trap newbie and future-classic treated the crowd to an incredibly robust set, using a “Live” setup, including a synth. A great departure from the standard CDJ-based DJ set. Soon, he was joined by label-boss deadmau5 in the booth for a little b2b action before abdicating the throne to the master himself. The Mau5 treated fans to a proper party, taking us back through some classic tracks, new tunes, and overall good time and spirits. Ending his set and the night with “To Play Us Out” – a classic, rarely played, fan favorite, Mau5 ensure everyone left with a huge smile. Tune back in tomorrow for some more photos, and updates from the mountain.

Day Two of Minus Zero in Vermont

We got up a bit earlier to meet up with some local legends. Voltran, Bamboora and Dude N Guy met us at the gondola to chat about music and to shred some gnar (not sure what this is, but we did it!) Heading back to base, we caught a early-afternoon hot toddy and watched melodic house legend Thomas Jack. You couldn’t tell how cold it was given the summer vibes, and Thomas’s swaying tropical button-up. I was told he didn’t even wear an undershirt – and relied on just the music to keep him warm (or the massive heat lamps).

Next up, to our surprise, was Kaskade, for a truly unforgettable sunset set. We were taken on a journey through classic melodic Kaskade tracks through more contemporary and harder beats. He even debuted two completely new tracks which played very well with the intimate crowd. Realizing that both headliners used the opportunity to test out new tracks, Minus Zero festival could become the small, early-festival-season venue for big artists to play out unreleased tunes to see how crowds react.

Jauz, bass-house wunderkind, closed out the night and festival. His set was eclectic, ranging from new tunes/remixes to hip hop classics and current party favorites. The crowd danced as the last glimmer of light turned to night, and the ski season ended to give way to spring and summer.