Most music festivals flood with bronzed beauties wearing inches of fabric and pounds of jewelry. It’s where style and Snapchat govern festival grounds and those in attendance are loyal civilians. However, at Snowglobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe, the perfect Instagram wasn’t worth the torture of taking gloves off. Layers of clothes and crowds of friends kept us warm while we welcomed the new year with our favorite DJs. Surrounded by Lake Tahoe’s natural winter beauty and the booming lights of the Sierra Tent and the Main Stage, our spirits were as high as the temperature was low.
Surprisingly, G Jones and Party Favor were easily my favorite sets of day one. They matched our energy and provided the perfect soundtrack for us to jam to, while Disclosure did the opposite. I was looking forward to hearing more than 30 seconds of “When a Fire Starts to Burn” and “White Noise.” The only song that played in full was, of course, “Latch.” It was a disappointing set, but not a disappointing night.
Until last week, I’ve always avoided Skrillex shows, but my veins filled with regret after seeing him rule the Main Stage. Skrillex made an effort to interact with us and play for us, rather than at us. After “Cinema,” he gave a shoutout to all the haters and dropped a remix of Big Sean’s “ I Don’t F*ck With You.” It was an unforgettable curveball and snowflakes filled the lights and lasers as his set came to a close.
Born and raised in Orange County, I spent most of day two unsure if my toes had frozen off and crumbled into my boots. No amount of hand-warmers and toe-warmers could bring feeling back into my frozen phalanges. We found salvation in the Sierra Tent, where we kept out of the snow and in the personal space of whoever was next to us. Djemba Djemba and Branchez kept the tent toasty until we worked up the nerve to step outside and see Flux Pavilion. What a mistake, his lack of enthusiasm made it clear that Flux P was as cold as we were. We walked away as he dropped “I Can’t Stop,” and made our way to the Sierra Tent to catch Odesza and defrost. Odesza didn’t quite meet the bar I had set for them, but they were still good. Our group headed to the igloo tent after their set to catch Justin Martin’s “Don’t Go,” and “Stay.” We were warm and he was wonderful.
Ah, finally. It was New Year’s Eve and the weather was bearable. A “special guest” was set to perform, but he or she or they never showed so Cherub filled the gap in the schedule. With his unique light show, seamless transitions and perfectly timed drops, Zedd stole my heart. We left the Main Stage at the close of his set to catch Trippy Turtle and What So Not in the Sierra Tent. A few months ago, I saw Trippy Turtle at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater and was supremely bored with him, however, he threw it down in the Sierra Tent and exceeded the low bar I had set for him. When What So Not came on, we all expected Harley Streten of Flume to join him. He never did, but the show was fantastic.
Nearing the final hours of the year, everyone headed to the Main Stage to see Flume. We patiently waited in the snow for the man we all came here to see. The Festival Headliner. The transition into the new year. Aside from being late, unenthusiastic and completely predictable with his set, he didn’t do a countdown. How could you not do a countdown? If you’re not going to drop a new song on New Year’s Eve, at least do a damn countdown, dude. The following day, I read an article in which he bashed the EDM scene and said he wanted to distance himself from performing for the associated crowd. Listen buddy, I watched your videos go from 3,000 views to 3,000,000 and sat on a bus for 11 hours to see you. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, Happy New Year.
All photos courtesy of SnowGlobe.