It's official. Electronic dance music disc jockey Deadmau5, American rapper Wiz Khalifa and Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo will headline at this year's SnowGlobe Music Festival. The trio will be joined on the Lake Tahoe Community College campus by Beats Antique, Big Gigantic, Laidback Luck, MiMOsa and 34 other groups and artists.
Organizers of the New Year's Eve three-day music series announced the line-up on Sept. 18. It's quick turnaround, especially considering that the South Lake Tahoe City Council approved the concert's special events permit less than a month ago.
The Snow Day and Early Bird three-day passes are already sold out according to the SnowGlobe website, and the $155 general admission pass is on sale now.
"We're one of the biggest events ever to hit South Lake Tahoe and we're excited to work with the city again," event founder and producer Chad Donnelly said.
The council's motion, approved on Aug. 21, to move forward with the second annual SnowGlobe came with some caveats. Those qualifications included increasing the event's security deposit to $50,000, mitigating the sound by reducing the decibel level and rotating the stage, and implementing a 10 p.m. curfew every night except Dec. 31.
The controversy that led to more than two hours of debate in the council chamber revolved around permitting an event that organizers said will draw more than 10,000 spectators to the basin over New Year's Eve. That means an economic boost, but it also means strain on some local homeowners.
"Can you balance the economic benefits with the challenges that we face? Are we going to be able to look those folks in the eye and say, 'But it was such an uptick for the community?" CEO of the TahoeChamber B Gorman asked at the August meeting.
Those answers will come in December when the bands take the stage for opening night on Dec. 29. And according to Donnelly, despite some concerns, most of the South Lake Tahoe community is excited for the event.
"We've had a tremendous amount of positive response. We have a lot of pride in bringing this big economic boost to the community. It's been a tremendous success for us and Tahoe is the next evolution," Donnelly said.