Igloo, The Grateful Dead and Volkswagen Release VW Bus-Inspired Playmate Cooler

Cooler replicates the vehicle that Dead Heads drove from city to city attending Grateful Dead concerts.
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October 31, 2022

The Grateful Dead Playmate cooler featuring the group's signature dancing bears.
The Grateful Dead Playmate cooler featuring the group's signature dancing bears.Igloo


has announced a collaboration with

The Grateful Dead



on a special-edition Playmate cooler modeled after the VW Bus and featuring colorful artwork inspired by the celebrated rock ‘n’ roll band.  

“With this spirited triple collab, we’re transporting ‘Dead Heads’ back to the good old days when Grateful Dead concerts weren’t complete without a sea of Volkswagen Bus vehicles parked outside,” said Adrienne Berkes, vice president, marketing, Igloo. “Our creative design combines this classic van, the iconic Dancing Bears and, of course, our world-famous Playmate cooler. We can’t wait to see fans hitting the road with this very special cooler along for the ride.” 

Igloo created The Grateful Dead Volkswagen cooler, through a deal facilitated by Volkswagen’s global licensing agency


, by incorporating design elements made famous by fans of the band. The Volkswagen Bus – the vehicle that so-called Dead Heads popularly drove from city to city attending countless Grateful Dead concerts

– takes form throughout the Playmate’s lid and body while the custom rainbow-colored artwork across the tent-top lid features the beloved Grateful Dead dancing bears as the van’s driver and passengers. 

The Grateful Dead VW Bus Playmate Elite cooler has a 16-quart capacity that fits up to 30 standard 12-ounce cans and is available now. 

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