It’s a known fact that people seek out shows and performances as a way to celebrate the beginning of a new year. It’s also true that there is no experience like the one shared by attendees of Snowglobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Snowglobe 2018 offered three stages where a blizzard of well-curated musical talent, dazzling light shows, and eager crowds came together to dance and let go for three days in a beautiful forest setting.
Back in 2015, Snowglobe was one of the first festivals I went to and I was glad to be back a few years later. This year the first day kicked off with a diverse range of sounds. Most notably, Chico State student and artist known as Subfer debuted his first live set adding in guitar and a drum pad at the Sierra stage. All the Chico State students in attendance were there to support him along with a large, energetic crowd. The underrated talent Ashe came on in the Igloo and blessed the crowd with her beautiful voice and refreshing beats. A loyal audience assembled for a set by DC-based rapper Goldlink, though I only caught a little of it. I had the chance to see him at Snowglobe 2015. It was my first time seeing Kaskade and his set far exceeded my expectations. He kept us on our feet by mashing up electronic tracks with classic songs like Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” After Kaskade, Big Gigantic came on the Main Stage and delivered one of the best sets of the weekend. The seamless combination of live saxophone, keyboard and drums with hard bass drops was awesome. The end of the night was only tough because I couldn’t see three sets at once, so I saw a little of each. Anna Lunoe closed out the night with an unpredictable but fun set
at the Igloo. Party Favor threw down trap bangers and debuted a new collaboration with GTA at the Sierra. Meanwhile, the alien bass queen Rezz controlled minds, and lights, going off on the Main Stage.
Day two started out with sets from underrated talents such as Hex Cougar, Wuki, and Franklyn Watts. Baauer brought heat to the Main Stage and nearly melted all the ice on the ground. Following him, we got a taste of Tyga at the Main Stage, JSTJR held it down at the Sierra and Sacha Robotti kept warm house vibes flowing in the Igloo tent. It wasn’t long until I was back at the Main Stage for two of my favorites in the genre, Soffi Tukker. They weren’t able to do their usual live performance, but still never missed a beat as Soffi sang along with the crowd to their high-energy dance tracks. The highly anticipated RL Grime was next on the Main Stage and delivered massive synths and a beastly bass-filled set. At the same time, Chris Lake and Walker & Royce delivered a house sermon to an overflowing Igloo crowd. One of the nice things about this festival is that it’s small enough to walk from stage to stage without missing much. I was able to catch some of Ekali’s closing set at the Sierra which was definitely fun. I listened to the legend Diplo shut down the main stage and send the crowd home satisfied after a full, exciting day.
On Monday, New Year’s Eve, the weather was colder but anticipation was rising. The first set I saw was CRAY at the Sierra stage. She crushed it with a beautifully ratchet bass-heavy set. I caught some of Yung Bae’s groovy, disco-inspired mix in the Igloo. After the sun went down and some snow began to fall, the area looked beautiful illuminated by the stage lights. The crowd gathered in force at the Main Stage for NIGHTMRE b2b SLANDER. The dynamic duo did not disappoint, dropping filthy bass for eager headbangers. I dropped by Slumberjack at the Sierra, and they were also tandem killing it and blowing minds. After his big album “Irene” came out, people were looking forward to Medasin’s set. He did not disappoint, with melodic and thick grooves at the Sierra. I caught a bit of Gorgon City at the Main Stage and their brilliant sounds warmed up the stage nicely before Above & Beyond. The last performances of the festival gave the crowd a tough decision of which to see. AC Slater b2b Wax Motif rang in the New Year with a dope Igloo set. Manila Killa b2b Chet Porter was an intriguing performance. The trance icons Above & Beyond moved the crowd with their headliner Main Stage set. They reminded the crowd to never forget about love and to cherish the small moments in life. Everyone cheered as the countdown commenced and a flurry of fireworks lit up the crisp night sky in Lake Tahoe.
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