This past New Year’s, Lake Tahoe’s biggest music festival, SnowGlobe, returned for a fifth year. Among the festival, crowds were bundled up in warm yet colorful attire as they braved the cold to ring in 2016 with good music and good company. From the diverse lineup to the good vibes, SnowGlobe Music Festival 2015 was the perfect winter wonderland party to kick off the new year.
I started the first day of SnowGlobe at the Igloo tent where it was a complete Dirtybird takeover. From the banging beats of Justin Jay and J. Phlip to the sounds of more famous Birds like Justin Martin and Shiba San, the Igloo was the place to get funky. French G-house producer, Shiba San, was hands-down my favorite set this day. Playing his big name tracks like “Okay” to “Burn Like Fire,” Shiba San threw down a heavy-hitting performance where house fanatics were not disappointed. After getting down in the Igloo, I headed over to the main stage to catch Jack Ü’s epic performance where the energy of the crowd was hyped as a massive firework show went off during their set. I ended the night back at the Igloo with Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke, where the tech house master spun filthy bass beats while transitioning with trippy and glitchy sound effects. It was some of the weirdest yet coolest sounds I’ve ever heard. Needless to say, the talented Dirtybird crew brought the funky, deep house vibes to the first day of SnowGlobe.
After my first day of catching performances at the Igloo tent, on day two I ventured out to the Sierra stage and main stage to catch other musical acts. 2015 was a massive year for New York City producer Jai Wolf, who threw down a massive future bass set at the Sierra tent playing songs such as his bootleg of Skrillex’s “Ease My Mind” and his debut track “Indian Summer.”
I spent the rest of the night at the main stage to catch superstar producers Eric Prydz and Kaskade. With the high energy crowd, the epic light show reflecting among the trees, and the massive fire works, both Eric Prydz’s and Kaskade’s sets were completely magical. From spinning their fan favorite tracks to heavy-hitting club bangers, Eric Prydz and Kaskade proved why they are main stage acts for all EDM events. They’re just on another level.
After the mind-blowing performances at the main stage, I caught Cashmere Cat’s set at the Sierra Tent who performed his signature futuristic R&B sound during his set dropping his hit tracks like “Mirror Maru” and his remix of Miguel’s “Do You.” Starting off his set with slow, sexy bass beats, the Norwegian producer threw in some trap bangers during his performance and the crowd was getting down. The Sierra tent had transformed into an epic dance party, a great way to end the second night of SnowGlobe.
The final day of SnowGlobe was definitely the coldest day. It was cold as hell, quite frankly. I guess that’s one reason why it’s called SnowGlobe? However, the cold weather did not stop people from turning up on the last day, as the vibe of SnowGlobe was still hyped with everyone’s excitement for the last day of 2015.
I kicked off my New Year’s Eve celebration with LA-based producer LondonBridge at the Igloo tent. Performing at his first music festival ever, LondonBridge aka Rami Perlman threw down a fun, energetic performance playing that booty-poppin’ G-house sound that everyone loves. Spinning some of his unreleased tracks as well as house bangers during his set, it’s hard to deny the creative musical talent of LondonBridge.
“In this set, these are my favorite records from this year. I loved every song I played,” Rami said post-gig. Throughout his set you could feel Rami’s fun, positive energy has he danced, jumped and got the crowd going. “I want you to dance like you’re dancing in your bedroom by yourself to your favorite song. That’s when the music is most special. That’s the vibe I want to impart on people.” By the end of his set, LondonBridge had transformed the Igloo into a funky dance party where everyone was getting down. By watching his set and getting to meet up with him, its without a doubt that Rami is an upcoming producer who genuinely cares about creating fun, authentic music. Not only does he care about creating good music, LondonBridge also emphasizes the importance of creating a supportive music community with his involvement with Space Yacht, a weekly Tuesday night party in Hollywood showcasing upcoming artists and music.
“Space Yacht is a real community of open-minded people getting together to listen to new music by new artists. We’re a community of helping each other. Anyone who is in LA and wants to see what’s going on with new music, Space Yacht is the place to be,” Rami said.
Be on the look out for LondonBridge and Space Yacht in 2016. These guys are doing big things!
After meeting up with LondonBridge, I caught some future bass vibes from the Hotel Garuda duo and later witnessed Australian duo, Slumberjack, throw down banger after banger during their set at the Sierra tent where the energy was contagious. As the end of 2015 came closer to an end, the music performances only got better. Coming off a long hiatus, Ghostland Observatory brought the electro-dance rock funk to SnowGlobe as the crazy lasers and lights went off during their set, making their performance that much more epic.
Finally, the New Year’s countdown performance was here as Emoh of What So Not stepped on the main stage. Fresh off the release of his long awaited Gemini EP, What So Not played hit after hit like “Tell Me” as the countdown to 2016 started. When it hit zero, endless sparkles of fireworks encompassed the Tahoe sky as the Australian producer dropped the fan-favorite track, “Gemini.” It was one of the most magical New Year’s celebrations I’ve ever witnessed. But the celebration and good music wasn’t over just yet! Everyone gathered to the Sierra tent to witness the talented duo, Louis the Child. Playing an eclectic set from Porter’s “Sad Machine” to their breakout single “It’s Strange,” Louis the Child started 2016 on the right foot as the crowd went insane throughout their performance. Despite only half of the duo present, Louis the Child delivered a remarkable performance and they were definitely one of my favorites at SnowGlobe.
Overall, my first time at SnowGlobe was an amazing experience. It was the literally the chill(i)est New Year’s celebration I’ve ever experienced. The cold weather and lack of enclosed heated spaces often caused overcrowding in tents as people tried to stay warm. With overcrowding in covered spaces like the water tent, trying to get water or meet up with friends was a mission. Despite this small downside of the cold weather, SnowGlobe is such a remarkable and unique festival. From the great vibes from people to the incredible music, it is the perfect festival for music heads. My three days spent at SnowGlobe was magical. I already can’t wait for what big things SnowGlobe will bring next year!