I remember Snowglobe’s inaugural year, set for one of Tahoe’s biggest holidays: New Year’s Eve. The commotion surrounding the three-day event was thrilling, and my small town amped up with both excitement and wary, as we had never seen an event such as Snowglobe grace our mountain paradise. Night one of the festival, my dad (who was allowed free entry due to his job as a firefighter) and I wandered into that glowing cluster of trees, the heavy bass emanating like a heartbeat throughout the forest. At the time, I had yet to be introduced to the world of electronic music. I walked around in bewilderment, as glowing lights, wildly-dressed dancing people, and unfamiliar electronic beats flooded my senses in the best possible way. From year one to now, my love for electronic music culture has grown alongside this unique winter-wonderland festival.
This New Year’s Eve weekend will mark Snowglobe Music Festival’s 8th return to the snow-laden Sierra Nevada mountains in South Lake Tahoe, California. As such, for the 8th time in a row, its lineup is riddled with some of electronic music’s biggest names and up and coming artists, with headliners Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz, Rezz, RL Grime and Diplo.
Headliners Above & Beyond and Eric Prydz are both successful veterans of the EDM scene and promise fun sets guaranteed to make you dance. Diplo, another highly accomplished DJ who is also a member of the group Major Lazer, has come out with many singles this year featuring prominent vocalists and rappers such as Dua Lipa and Lil Yatchy.
Both Rezz and RL Grime have come out with new albums this year that showcase both of the artist’s unique styles. Rezz’s Certain Kind of Magic is her creepiest collection of tunes to date, and her set is sure to envoke a full sensory experience; one, I, in particular, am ecstatic to see. RL Grime’s newest album, Nova, tells a brilliant story and molds together heavy beats and beautiful melodies, making it a true pleasure to listen to. The prospect of any of these artists ringing in the New Year with us gives me chills.
Snowglobe 2018 has it all. Big name artists NGHTMRE, SLANDER, Baauer, and Party Favor provide the heavy bass and hyper-trap. Sofi Tukker brings the dance vibes and Brownies & Lemonade brings the party. Chris Lake, Justin Jay, and Walker & Royce invite us into the realm of deep house, and Ekali (who also has a brand new EP for us) and Charlesthefirst are masters of trap.
Charlesthefirst, an exciting up-and-coming artist and Lake Tahoe native, must be gearing up for a particularly special performance at Snowglobe amongst these EDM giants. Since stepping on the scene, he’s collaborated with incredible artists like Clozee and has produced two albums and three EPs, amongst other projects. The unique sound he produces strays away from typical song structure and the unexpectedness of each track allows your body to flow and your brain to dance.
The lineup poses only one downside, and that is the challenge that attendees will face when deciding which sets to see. Snowglobe is much more than just a musical spectacle, though. With three days and nights in the self-proclaimed “Year-Round Playground,” South Lake Tahoe is a stunning backdrop for the festival. Falling snowflakes often add to the special effects on outdoor stages.
Snowglobe also recognizes and values the natural beauty of the area, so the event recently partnered with The Sugar Pine Foundation to help restore the sugar pine population which has long been suffering in the Lake Tahoe area. All Snowglobe asks you to do is add an extra $5 when purchasing a ticket to help fund the project.
If you don’t already have plans for NYE, I recommend grabbing a crew, breaking out the faux fur jackets, and heading to the “chillest” festival of the year. You won’t be disappointed by the music and you won’t be disappointed by the scenery. This festival has a special place in my heart because Snowglobe unlocked the portal to my EDM world and we have grown together ever since. I have a feeling it will hold a special place in your heart, too. Buy your tickets and let’s boogie.