Review: Snowglobe Music Festival 2013 [Lake Tahoe, CA]
On the New Years holiday, we made the trek out to South Lake Tahoe for Snowglobe, a three day music festival of truly epic proportions (for our third year in a row I might add). In only two years this gathering had become one of the most talked about New Years festivals this side of the rockies, and for good reason. Last year Snowglobe hosted and absurd amount of popular artists spanning across all genres. From Wiz Kahlifa & Deadmau5, to Flosstradamus, Laidback Luke & Ill Gates, they literally had something for everyone, and this year was no different. Tiësto,Cashmere Cat, Luminox, Kastle, Justin Martin, Dillion Francis, Snoop Dogg, Zeds Dead, & Polish Ambassador were just a few of the names on the ticket this year. This incredible lineup was drawing a massive amount EDM fans from near and far to come and celebrate the New Year in Tahoe, so it was no surprise to us when the show sold out yet again. Needless to say, we were excited, but looking back, I don’t think we were fully prepared for the madness that swept us along in its joyously chaotic wake for the next three days.
After we got our credentials sorted (which went very smoothly I might add), we piled on the bus and headed for the festival. As soon as we stepped on the shuttle it was immediately apparent how excited everybody was to start the party. Laughter, smiles, and random chants were abundant on the bus ride to the festival grounds. A very a good sign that this next three days were going to be some for the history books.
As we piled off the bus, the cold smacked us right in the face, but not for long. Our outstanding hosts went above and beyond the call to make sure we had the means to stay warm as the night wore on. They had random heaters scattered throughout the grounds, and deliciously hot drinks for surprisingly fair prices. The only completely uncovered stage was the main stage, but directly at the back of that area, facing the stage they had a heated tent with a fully stocked bar and a bit of a lounge area to relax in if things got too chilly out there. Our friends over at DJZ were even in there laying down some solid groves on their Crossfader app, keeping the vibe deep and grooving. The Sierra stage was covered by a sort of half shell tent that extended from over the stage well into the crowd, and the igloo stage was inside a giant heated tent. So, even if the sheer amount of people at each stage didn’t keep you warm, the cold was still easily dealt with. Each stage was also adorned with all the bells and whistles of a top notch festival. A plethora of stunning lights, and crisp lasers danced and spun through the thick fog of the smoke machines as artist after artist was accompanied by a unique set of visuals that breathed even more life into an already incredible experience.
Now then, onto the music. Over the next three days we saw so many amazing artists, it would take way too long to talk about them, all so we narrowed it down to a few of our favorites from these three days of EDM heaven. On the first night, Tiësto, &Kastle did an outstanding job of setting off the festival right and putting everyone in the mood for more.
So for those of you don’t know about Kastle, I’ve got three words for you, baby making music. This LA native is known for his smooth and sexy sound that’s somewhere between classic house and soulful R&B. Kastle’s pumping basslines, funky grooves, and beautifully creative vocal samples are sure to keep you dancing like a gentlemen and grinning like an idiot. His remixes are so top of the line he can turn a pop song you would never listen to in a million years into something you wish would never end. Throughout his whole set, Kastle had Snowglobe wrapped around his little finger and we were loving every second of it. If Kastle ever comes to your city, grab a date and get ready for an incredible evening. Also, we would like to give a special shoutout to Starslinger for spinning music of the same persuasion with a passionate and beautiful swagger that made us all forget about the cold.
This next artist I was really looking forward too, even if it was only to put my unjustified convictions to rest. I had never seen Tiësto before, and I wasn’t expecting much. But let me just say this guy is famous for a reason. His high energy electro trance combo’s absolutely blew the crowd out of the water. Within minutes of his set he had everyone in the crowd singing along and clapping to the beat like they were born for it. His set hit all the right notes, it was wild, it was fun, and it was dirty. Tiësto made me eat my words on trance and I was happy to do it. He left everyone at the festival buzzing with a massive excitement and energy that stayed with us through the evening. I would also like to acknowledge Justin Martin for taking that energy and running with it to close out the night. His funky, bouncy house music was exactly what we needed after Tiësto, and it was received very, very well. He dropped a remix of Space Jam, that I have still let to find, as his closer which was absolutely bonkers! If you don’t know about about Justin and you love house, you definitely need to look him up as well as his Dirty Bird brothers.
At this point I would like to point out that even though the festival ended at 11pm on the two nights before New Years, back at our hotel/casino (that’s right), the music, and general debauchery was widespread and very much alive well into the sunrise. With a Snowglobe sponsored after-party every night and no last call, we found it very hard to sleep indeed...
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