Lights, pine trees, and stars — Christmas holidays are famous for them, but add thousands of fans and an electronic lineup to the mix, and you have yourself SNOWGLOBE MUSIC FESTIVAL, the ultimate way to spend New Years Eve in South Lake Tahoe. This three-day music event was on everybody’s Christmas list. The Ski Channel was there to ring in the new year with the rest of the skiers and snowboarders on the west coast.
Friday’s show was a highlight due to heavy bass and San Francisco dubstep master, Bassnectar. Filling the South Lake Tahoe Community College’s football field to capacity, the party went wild hoping it would never end.
View of the main stage at SnowGlobe Music Festival. Photo: Derek Simon
Day 2 of SnowGlobe hosted a lineup of diverse performances, by Afrolicious, Fishbone, Sorry For Partying, Dilated Peoples, Theophilus London, A-Trak, ending with a bang from headliner, Bassnectar. The dub nation came out in full force, as the show built up in intensity and sound, with the final set raging in a sea of pink elephants and dancing fans. This epic light show synchronized some of Bassnectar’s signature beats and the stomping force of the crowd, to a display of Dumbo trippy circus imagery. Bassnectar was as stoked to be there as we were to have him, and his kind words welcomed all to the party.
With live art performances, ski and snowboard rail jam, and organic and vegan food selections, Tahoe’s spirit rang loud and clear this New Years. Skiers took center stage as a lit-up jib park gathered audience attention. Local shredders and skiers choose between a flat-down table box or about 10-stair rail feature. What better to pump up the athletes than an electronic show behind them? This was first-class entertainment.
The chilly breeze reminded us that snow was soon to come, but we would have to dance for it.
Don’t miss our pre-set interview with Paper Diamond, the after-party performance, and pre-set interview backstage with The Glitch Mob, coming this week on TheSkiChannel.com.
Live art performances during the show. Photo: Jill Alley
The Sierra tent was a favorite for many, with performances like A-Trak. Photo: Shannon Marie Quirk
Main stage crowd at SnowGlobe Music Festival. Photo: Shannon Marie Quirk
Skier finally making good use of that one-piece. Photo: Shannon Marie Quirk
Filling to capacity as Bassnectar takes over Tahoe. Photo: Shannon Marie Quirk
The Ski Channel camera girl stoked to celebrate the New Year Tahoe style. Photo: Nick Randall