Mountain music festival may draw up to 8,000
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Throngs of concert-goers packed the base area at Stratton Mountain in April during the Minus Zero music festival. The event is headed to Mount Snow in 2018.
Throngs of concert-goers packed the base area at Stratton Mountain in April during the Minus Zero music festival. The event is headed to Mount Snow in 2018.
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DOVER - At the Dover Selectboard’s November 21 meeting, Mount Snow event organizer Tim Dolan updated the board about an upcoming music festival to be held at Mount Snow this spring. The festival, called Minus Zero, is expected to draw between 7,000 and 8,000 people and will occur April 6 to April 8, 2018.

Minus Zero is an electronic dance music festival. Dolan said a third party is involved to help book rooms in the Deerfield Valley. Last year, the festival was held at Stratton, which, according to Dolan, the festival outgrew. Dolan said at Stratton, every room was booked last year and that although the Deerfield Valley has a similar number of beds available as Stratton, its proximity to Brattleboro was a selling point.

“A third party is working to contract with the bigger hotels in Brattleboro,” said Dolan, “and there will be a shuttle service people can pay to use to get here from there.”

Transportation within the Deerfield Valley is also being addressed. “I understand the target audience for this is 18 to 25,” said vice chair Vicki Capitani. “The importance of safe transportation for young people will really be key to making this a safe, good event. We don’t want any tragedies here.”

Dolan said he had already contacted the MOOver, which is going to operate on an altered winter schedule to accommodate the festival. “Whatever can’t be done by MOOver we will supplement with First Student,” said Dolan.

Dolan said he is also in talks with emergency response teams in Dover and Wilmington about formulating an emergency response plan.

Dolan said he thinks the timing of the festival, right before mud season, will be great for the valley. “Our goal is to make this town full for one last weekend before we wind down and get ready for mud season and summer,” said Dolan.
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