Setting out on the ten-hour drive to Lake Tahoe, I was reminded once again of how fast time flies by us. It seemed like yesterday my friends and I were all in different states feverishly group texting to perfect the plan for our New Years adventure to SnowGlobe. But there they were in front of me, four of the greatest people I know all heaving their bags in to the back of the truck that we were about to squeeze in to.
For someone who’s never been to a winter music festival before, I felt pretty well prepared for the weather. Gloves, beanies, scarves and a plethora of socks (preferably wool) are a must for SnowGlobe. Spirit hoods were in full force as well, and for good reason. The next three nights were going to consist of dancing in below freezing temperatures to some seriously awesome music. After a stop at a local sporting goods store to buy a pair of snow boots for my friend who didn’t think they were necessary (they were!) we were ready to embark on night one.
SnowGlobe’s shuttle pass proved to be a good buy for festival goers. The pick-up and drop off spot was in front of The Montbleu Casino conveniently located downtown and within walking distance of South Lake Tahoe’s many quaint little hotels. Not to mention the comfort of knowing you have a safe warm ride when the music is over. Hundreds of people looking to keep the night going did just that at one of the multiple SnowGlobe after parties that kicked off right as the buses arrived. The ride to the festival grounds was about twice as long as it should’ve been because of snowy conditions; but that’s exactly what brought us here.
Night one’s beginning started off on a groovy note, despite the fact that almost every act was electronic, Emancipator Ensemble drew quite the crowd. The main stage set up framed the band members perfectly. Light pink cloud visuals surrounding them gave the whole scene an ethereal feel that carried throughout their sound. Next, Disclosure, who was missing a vital part- (Howard Lawrence) took the main stage. Guy Lawrence executed the dj set perfectly. I thought the mix of songs from their album “Settle” and those from other house tracks was perfect. The most memorable part had to have been the hypnotic “Let’s Go Dancing” by Tiga vs Audion. Disclosure’s spin on this techno track blended seamlessly with the set and had the crowd shouting out in approval.
Staying at the main stage led Skrillex into his time to shine. Seeing the man Soony Moore multiple times I can honestly say this was the best I’ve heard him yet. Dropping his classics but not trying to stick with a bunch of typical main stage drops, Skrillex surprised me with his diversity and ability to keep the crowd on their toes. This set ended up being one of my favorite the entire weekend and from the opinions of many other festival goers- he was theirs too.
After Skrill dropped it hard I headed over to the Sierra tent for a cool down… The Floozies were already playing as I strolled in. The way people were dancing gave away their dignity- this funky music has a way of moving people. Songs off of “Sunroof Cadillac” had the tent poppin’ and faces turning to smile in every direction. “Just Can’t Sit” had my friends doing just that. Newer tunes off of “Tell Your Mother” weren’t left out of course and were much appreciated by The Floozies’ newer fans.
Day two rolled around just as quick as night one had ended, but we were beyond ready to see what the stacked line-up of the night would bring. Most excited to see Flux Pavillion, Porter Robinson, Odesza and Justin Martin, I planned out which tents to pop into at what times. Flux and Porter commanded the main stage for five solid hours of pure fun to lead into late night. Both artists have completely different vibes but both sets were equally as impressive in their own ways. The melodic depth of Porter’s set was a nice change in pace after hours of head banging to Flux’s intense dub. Porter’s production however took the cake. Fireworks were shot out of the stage so close to the audience that it was almost scary... Almost. Not to mention his exceptional visuals in the back to choreograph with his music had the crowd in awe.
Once again a few minutes late to the Sierra tent, Odesza was already enticing the crowd with “How Did I Get Here” then soon after “Sun Models”. It seemed they were intent on getting their best songs out of the way before majority of the crowd piled into The Igloo tent for Justin Martin. The Igloo tent lacks a massive stage and draws in more of a club like scene. Just a small wooden box stage in the front of the tent paired with some of SnowGlobe’s abundant hanging light fixtures adorned the room. This was definitely the warmest place to be for SnowGlober’s that couldn’t quite hang with the freezing conditions. Plus the bar inside kept many glerber’s mingling inside. Justin Martin led the crowd into a perpetual head bob dance. The sea of people was satisfied ending the night as the beginning of “Don’t Go” began to play. This was the perfect ending to a great night two of SnowGlobe, but it wasn’t about to be over just yet.
SnowGlobe after parties were just beginning in the Montbleu night clubs and theaters. I bought a ticket to see Overwerk, Flux Pavillion and Branchez. Now I know what you’re thinking… Flux already performed! But Branchez is what swooned me here. Having missed his set earlier that day I wanted him to have my full and undivided attention. After Flux Pavillion was cheered off, it was time. Trap was a main genre at SnowGlobe as the festival was trying to provide some diversity in it’s line-up. But Branchez isn’t regular trap (whatever that means) he infuses trap like methods with relatable music. Combining his innovative sound with songs we all know, his set was really refreshing. Closing with his remix of Alesso’s “Heroes” really stuck with crowd and literally stuck in my head for hours.
The after parties didn’t end till about three in the morning, which definitely took a toll on those who attended. By the time I got back to my hotel sleep was more necessary than ever. Knowing the next day was the final production for SnowGlobe we rested up and were ready to fight back.
Some of New Years Eve’s big names- Cherub, Zedd, Atmosphere, Trippy Turtle, What So Not, Flume and Justin Jay. The final day required everyone go their hardest- including the artists. Earliest in the evening was Cherub who ended up missing their time slot and instead taking the slot of “special guest”. This made me wonder if it was intentional since I hadn’t heard any rumors of who the special guest was going to be in the first place. But never the less the doses and mimosas were poured. At the same time but in the Sierra tent, Trippy Turtle was taking over. Definitely one of the best sets all three days, the crowd had some of the biggest smiles of any other with Trippy hitting the bass really hard. Taking the main stage after Cherub was Atmosphere, the main hip-hop element at SnowGlobe that did not disappoint. Fans were belting out Atmosphere’s lyrics, especially “Sunshine” and “Yesterday” which left an almost tangible sense of comradery in the crowd.
Finally the time had come for Flume to synth everyone into 2015 at the main stage, which that seemed hardly big enough to hold the crowd that gathered. Everyone’s furry parkas and poufy jackets rubbing together had the crowd feeing like a family. Which really contributed to positivity that SnowGlobe held. Not one negative comment was heard all weekend and all attendees were intent on spreading only love to every soul they met. Although there was no count down, it was very obvious when the clock struck midnight. Fireworks, giant group hugs (and kisses) and bottles of champagne being passed around to all marked the start of the New Year. I will never forget dancing to “You and Me” while admiring all the beautiful hopeful faces surrounding. The moon above and the hundreds of lit up pine trees encompassing the festival had provided the perfect background to SnowGlobe’s production.
This festival is a tradition for many and has become a tradition for my future New Years plans as well. The people of SnowGlobe and the simplicity of the festival truly make this a music focused New Years celebration. I cannot wait to return to this winter wonderland and experience a whole new year. Thank you to all that turned out to make SnowGlobe happen and of course the musicians that brought us all together as a family.
Written By: Melanie Gordon
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