Artists to watch at South Lake Tahoe’s SnowGlobe Music Festival
If you go
What: SnowGlobe Music Festival
When: Tuesday, Dec. 29, through Thursday, Dec. 31
Where: Playfields next to Lake Tahoe Community College
Tickets: Single-day tickets start at $99
Lake Tahoe’s biggest music festival, the SnowGlobe Music Festival, will return for a fifth year to the playfields next to Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe this Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 29-31.
Since its first year, the festival has doubled in size, attracting about 15,000 fans each day, and has become a staple of Lake Tahoe’s winter entertainment calendar. The lineup is typically heavy on electronic dance music, but hip-hop and dancy rock and roll also make appearances each year.
Festival-goers can expect more diverse lineups as the festival continues to grow, said organizer Chad Donnelly.
“It’s been an amazing ride,” Donnelly said of the festival’s origins. “We’re getting better at evolving the festival year after year.”
Here’s a look at a few acts to look out for this year:
1. Jack Ü
The powerhouse American DJ duo of Skrillex and Diplo headlines the main stage at SnowGlobe Tuesday. Longtime kindred musical spirits, the duo released their first official single “Take Ü There” in September 2014, following up with their debut album “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü” in February 2015. Skrillex headlined SnowGlobe as a solo artist in 2014, packing dancing masses into the field in front of the main stage. He’ll be sure to kick it up a notch with partner-in-crime Diplo in 2015.
2. Duke Dumont
British DJ and deep house producer Duke Dumont will make his SnowGlobe debut this year. “Need U (100%),” “I Got U” and “Won’t Look Back” are among the producer’s most well-known songs. He released the first EP in a planned series of collections, “Blasé Boys Club Part 1,” in October. Donnelly listed Dumont among the particularly exciting artists at this year’s festival.
This progressive house music master is among the biggest names at this year’s SnowGlobe and for good reason. In 2013, the American producer was nominated for the Best Dance Recording Grammy for the song “Atmosphere” and Best Dance/Electronica Album Grammy for the album of the same name. In 2014, he was recognized as the eighth-highest paid DJ in the world (earning an estimated $17 million) by Forbes magazine.
4. Chet Faker
Melbourne-raised artist Nick Murphy, who goes by Chet Faker onstage, released his debut full-length album, “Built on Glass,” in April 2014, and the record was met with immediate success, winning five Australian Record Industry Association Awards, including Best Male Artist, Producer of the Year and Best Independent Album. Critics from the Guardian also named him one of their “artists to watch” in 2015.
5. Dillon Francis
American DJ and producer Dillon Francis returns to this year’s SnowGlobe. The festival veteran grew to fame with his song “Masta Blasta” and is among the most popular moombahton, a fusion of reggaeton and house music, producers around. Dillon moved up to the main stage in 2013 following a rowdy 2011 performance. He’s sure to attract a raucous crowd.
6. Run the Jewels
The duo of Killer Mike and El-P was a late addition to the festival lineup, but the duo’s “Run the Jewels 2” album has been among critics’ favorites, and the act is one of the few hip-hop outfits known for its live show. Run the Jewels’ hard-hitting hip-hop should play well among hard-hitting bass music.
Visit http://www.snowglobemusicfestival.com for a full lineup and more information on the SnowGlobe Music Festival.
A version of this story first appeared in 2015-16 winter edition of Tahoe Magazine, a product of the Sierra Sun, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Tahoe Daily Tribune and Lake Tahoe Action. The magazine is available now on newsstands throughout the greater Reno-Truckee-Tahoe region.