For the fifth consecutive year, thousands of eager SnowGlobe Music Festival attendees made their way to South Lake Tahoe to ring in the New Year. The three-day festival took place at the winter wonderlandDecember 29th through the 31st, and hosted artists ranging from house legend Kaskade to long time rapper E-40. SnowGlobe has acquired a massive return rate not only because of its consistently stacked line-up, but also because of its unbeatable venue. Snow mixed with lasers that reflected off of colossal pine trees makes thismagical festival regularly raise goosebumps, and 2015 was no exception.
Night one boasted a house fans’ dream team. Famed Dirtybird records dominated the Igloo tent from the time gates opened at 3:30pm to the nights’ close around midnight. Will Clarke, Justin Jay and J.Phlip initiated the Dirtybird’s take-over with a heaping helping of funky house and a pinch of dark techno. Shiba San followed with classic Shiba hits that had everybody howling, “OKAY”. Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke were the last Birds to spin, the latter closing out the night. It’s safe to say that these two stole the show with their experience proving that they know how to keep the party going, no matter how cold it is. Even after day one there were dozens of Dirtybird totems being proudly paraded around the festival grounds.
Ready to break out their snow-boots and fur coats for round two, attendees were even more hyped to get inside the venue. Day two was comprised of a myriad of genres. Bay area rapper Lil Dicky, singer Chet Faker, EDM’s rising female DJ Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Pumpkin and Thriftworks were among the popular acts to start the evening. But after asking around, it was clear that Kaskade and Eric Prydz were going to have the main stage packed to the brim from 7-10pm. Being the only fully outdoor stage, the more the merrier. After all, it was around seven degrees; so below freezing temperatures call for a massive cuddle puddle. Prydz’s lasers were of epic proportions as expected, but there’s nothing like looking back and seeing them penetrating through the dense forest of Lake Tahoe. Kaskade played an emotional hour and a half set that spurred everything from joyous screams to heart wrenching tears. Fire shooting straight into the air off the stage during an impressive twist on “Move for Me” was awe-inspiring. Intertwining the classic “Eyes” into a groovy deep house track and dropping his newer hits like “Atmosphere” and “Disarm You” satisfied every Kaskade fans’ craving. To wrap up night two, Cut Copy took in the crowds from the main stage as the Igloo filled with people looking to keep the party going- and that they did.
The final night of SnowGlobe of course is New Year’s Eve, the annual excuse for Globers to keep coming back to celebrate in Tahoe. Last year Flume was the headliner to ring everyone into 2015, but this year What So Not would do the honors. Without the help from his former partner, Emoh Instead commanded the decks of the massive outdoor main stage until that fateful midnight moment. Once again lacking a countdown, the brink of 2016 was rung in by shouts from those with their cell phones out, commanding the five-second decent into the New Year. Fireworks exploded for over five minutes as chugs of champagne were downed and kisses were shared amongst friends and lovers alike. The parties continued late into the night with after parties thrown by SnowGlobe, as well as those hosted in the many private cabins throughout the city. See you next year, SnowGlobe, and thank you for another larger-than-life celebration.
Written by Melanie Gordon
Photos By Emily Carlson