SnowGlobe returned to South Lake Tahoe for its biggest and best event yet. This year’s festival is a fine example of organizers having a more graceful transition from a small intimate festival to growing into something bigger with it’s increasing popularity as NorCal’s hottest (or should I say coolest?) destination to celebrate New Years Eve.
SnowGlobe’s sixth annual festival hosted around 60,000 attendees throughout the weekend at the newly expanded festival grounds at Bijou Park on Lake Tahoe Community College campus. This year’s festival headliners included RL Grime, Flume, Major Lazer and Baauer, with Odesza taking over the countdown set.
On December 29, RL Grime, The Chainsmokers and Flume kicked off the 3-day festival, where SnowGlobe showed off their amped up production adding more fire cannons around the festival. It seems like SnowGlobe organizers work hard with artists to produce special sets to enhance their current live sets.
Day 2 of the festival started off with an emotionally intimate set by Lido, playing his new live set-up featuring singles off his debut album, Everything. After Lido hit SnowGlobe, Big Gigantic and Major Lazer brought the fire to the main stage, literally.
SnowGlobe is definitely a dance music-heavy line-up, but this year they did something special for hip-hop fans on New Years Eve with their special ‘Snow Session’ featuring Del the Funky Homosapien, Andre Nickatina, Rappin’ 4-Tay, Yukmouth, A-Plus and more, hosted by Traxamillion.
Other New Years Eve highlights included sets by Mr. Carmack, BAAUER, Sam Gellaitry.
One critique about the new set up is the need for providing a better sense of foot traffic flow. Just like last year’s setup, you enter and stumble upon the main stage, and then everything bottlenecks at the Igloo and Sierra stages. But despite the small obstacle when it comes to navigating the crowded festival grounds, I was thoroughly impressed with their updated stage designs and added pyro around the festival grounds to help keep attendees warm in the 22 degree evening weather.
Sacramento offers nice intimate places for people to celebrate the holidays, but if you’re looking for a unique experience and love electronic and hip-hop music, SnowGlobe Music Festival is definitely something you should consider to ring in the new year in the future.
Here’s photos from some of our favorite acts over the weekend!
Photos by Victoria Kobayashi