Adam Jensen: Life inside South Lake Tahoe’s SnowGlobe |

Adam Jensen: Life inside South Lake Tahoe’s SnowGlobe

I’ve been doing some investigative reporting at the SnowGlobe Music Festival over the past couple days.

Well, not really. I’ve mostly been shooting photos, checking out some unknown-to-me artists and surveying the scene. It really is a whole other world inside the festival gates at the playfields next to South Lake Tahoe’s Lake Tahoe Community College. And it is fun.

The people watching alone could be worth the cost of admission. Hordes of young adults in fuzzy animal outfits, every variety of SpiritHoods, people lit up like Christmas trees and the clearly under-dressed rush excitedly between three stages and a newly remodeled warming tent, complete with some area-appropriate ski decor. As attendees search for the next dance party, there are pretty much nothing but smiles on their faces.

As far as crowds go, SnowGlobe’s is about as friendly as I have experienced at a big music festival. Maybe it’s some combination of the electronic music scene itself, the bucolic setting or the holiday spirit, but the crowd is full of good vibes. A group from Seattle beamed with excitement Monday as I took their picture. I talked to one attendee from Colorado who seemed totally ecstatic about the lineup and the tree-ringed venue.

For me, the music at SnowGlobe is hit and miss. I’ve found some artists I really like from the festival, but I can pass on others. Judging from the reactions from fans at the festival, though, the music at this year’s SnowGlobe hit all the right drops.

Skrillex, Monday’s headliner, certainly delivered on his predilection for aliens, taking the jubilant crowd into outer space. On Tuesday, it was the temperatures that were outer space-like, but the crisp weather didn’t appear to slow anybody down. While the fully enclosed Igloo stage was suspiciously more popular than Monday night, there were plenty of people still gyrating to Flux Pavilion and Porter Robinson at the main stage. Walking in the gate and seeing the pulsating mob of flag-waving beat junkies wasn’t surprising, but it was heartening to see the bitter cold hadn’t dampened festival attendees’ spirits in the slightest.

Say what you will about the dance music scene and big music festivals in general, but my impression of SnowGlobe can most succinctly be summed up in the words of the Who’s Roger Daltrey: the kids are alright.

Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at

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