X Games Aspen headlining music acts announced
Hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa and electronic music sensations Skrillex and Chromeo will headline the X Games Aspen 2015 music festival at the base of Buttermilk Mountain on Jan. 23-25, X Games organizers announced Wednesday.
"The goal is to help create more of a festival atmosphere around the sports," says Tim Reed, vice president of X Games, X Games Events & Content. "I think it's also really exciting to be able to pop over and take in some great live music during the breaks. It creates a really good vibe on the mountain, especially with a great mix of talent like we have here between Snoop and Wiz, Skrillex and Chromeo."
Each artist will headline one of four shows alongside the snowboard, ski and snowmobile events. Four-show general admission passes ($150) and preferred viewing passes ($200) for the concerts are available at XGames.com, and the performances will be streamed live at XGames.com.
Snoop Dogg -- who has also recently been performing under the names Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla and DJ Snoopadelic -- is touring in support of his recent "7 Days of Funk" collaboration with Dam-Funk and his 2013 "Reincarnated" album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. Discovered in the early '90s by rapper/producer Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg first appeared with Dr. Dre on the single "Deep Cover." In the time since, Snoop Dogg has released 12 studio albums, appeared in films such as the 2003 comedy "Old School" and even popularized the use of the suffix "-izzle" in pop culture.
The electro-funk duo Chromeo, who began in Montreal a decade ago, recently dropped their fourth album, "White Women." The band has performed at festivals such as Coachella and Bonnaroo and been featured on "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
Skrillex, a six-time Grammy winner, just released his first studio album, "Recess." His music will be recognizable to fans of the X Games; his single "Bangarang" was featured in commercials for X Games in 2013.
Rapper/singer and songwriter Wiz Khalifa, most well-known for his 2011 single "Black and Yellow," is currently on tour in support of his fifth album, "Blacc Hollywood."
After a successful concert series at Wagner Park in Aspen in 2014, the artists will be performing on a new stage and X Games concert venue at Buttermilk Mountain. Aspen Snowmass will also be hosting a free concert at the base of nearby Aspen Mountain on Jan. 24 (featuring a DJ set by Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo of the Bloody Beetroots), and the Belly Up venue in Aspen will feature a full lineup of artists playing nightly X Games after-parties.
"The Belly Up in Aspen has been a key partner and in the coming weeks will be announcing some really exciting artists playing at their own venue during X Games," says Reed.