Each year, SnowGlobe Music Festival, taking place in South Lake Tahoe Dec 29-31st, takes on the important task of starting SnowGlobers’ New Year off in the finest way possible. Task more than accomplished, SnowGlobe.
It’s been over a week and we still have that majestic SnowGlobe glow.
Let me take you on a virtual trip on how SnowGlobe treated us right this New Years celebration by sharing some of our highlights from the weekend and amazing photos that were captured. First, lets talk venue, the traditional SnowGlobe setup remained with a few subtle, yet much loved changes.
We were pleased to see the igloo stage sign illuminating, “This is the Place” once again this year. The stage set up inside was rearranged leaving more room for people to get down to some igloo vibes.
The three stages: the Main Stage, the Sierra Stage and the Igloo, housed the 50-plus performers that helped ring in 2018. The Big Air jump returned this year, with local skiers and snowboarders impressing SnowGlobers with jumps and tricks. Fire throwers also had jaws dropping.
Chromazomes the ZOA art installation was a hit and a great addition this year, as it was the picture spot for many and also served as a perfect meet up point for large SnowGlobe squads.
Blow up igloos, sponsored by Lyft, were also a new feature this year at the festival.
Each igloo was fully equipped with heaters and phone chargers inside. This year was the warmest year we have experienced yet. However, even though there was no sight of snow, these igloos still provided a perfect little space to recharge and get away from the crowds between sets to get to know people on a more intimate level.
Never have I ever wished I could be in more than one place so badly until this weekend.
There were a plethora of sets we wanted to see, and obviously, we couldn’t be present for them all. The best word to describe the sets we did catch is cathartic, as the soothing sounds rejuvenated our minds and the family vibes from the crowd reinforced our faith in humanity.
Day One: Forever Ingrained In Our Minds
Khalid, all I can say is WOW. The pipes on that 19-year-old are way beyond his years. True talent exemplified on the main stage. I still have Khalid’s “Location” stuck in my head, and I’m not even complaining about it.
The crowd was hungry for some Spag Heddy at the Sierra Stage, and he served up exactly what they wanted. Necks were hurting after this one, and we got our fill of dirty drops for the evening.
Zedd, lit up the night at the main stage, finishing off his set with a remix of “Alive” – Empire of the Sun, accompanied by an unforgettable fireworks display.
We closed out the evening with TroyBoi, who we got the chance to chat with before his set. During our conversation, he promised us some fire, and he kept his promise and then some. Troy debuted some new bangers in his set, and we are already anticipating their release. Check out our interview with TroyBoi.
Day 2: Tears and Chills
Porter Robinson, debuted new music from Virtual Self, and of course, backed up the set with incredible visuals. Not a huge crier myself, but looking around in the crowd, tears were shed, if that gives you any idea of how monumental the set was.
Justin Martin kept things funky at Sierra showcasing much more than the expected tech house one would anticipate from a house DJ.
It was my first time seeing Madeon perform solo and I would highly recommend checking out this charismatic performer if you ever get the chance. He opened his set with a remixed version of “Shelter” that gave us chills and followed the perfect intro by switching up the vibe with some heavy drops.
Claptone left us with some deep house bumps as the perfect close to our night, getting us pumped for what was to come Day 3.
Day 3: Kicking Off The New Year’s Right
We kicked off Day 3 with Joyzu. The duo had an incredible, energetic live show and brought out multiple vocalists. We got the chance to meet up with them before their set and they talked to us about the craziness of going from attending SnowGlobe in the near past to now performing at the main stage. Check out the interview to learn more about the laid back duo!
One of my favorite aspects of festivals is discovering new artists and new music.
THEY. was an artist I had heard of before, but I wasn’t too familiar with their sound. Hands down, one of the most memorable and most interactive sets we saw all weekend. I’m already following their upcoming tour dates, because THEY. were that excellent. Grab their free download of “U-RITE”.
If you knew me you’d know that I’m a huge E-40 gal. Since there’s a large portion of Bay Area attendees at SnowGlobe, the crowd for E-40 was wild and everyone was getting “hyphy”, as they say. E-40 brought out the Bay Area classics, and even mixed in some unexpected Lil Jon tracks.
Alison Wonderland led us into the New Year at the main stage with an epic set, accompanied by a countdown and fireworks to match.
Watch Alison Wonderland’s live countdown to get a glimpse of how it went down.
We would not have wanted to welcome in 2018 anywhere else. Bravo SnowGlobe crew. Thanks for the beautiful vibes and unforgettable memories. We guarantee we will be back for more next year.
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