Now that I’ve finally trekked all the way back to the warmth of Southern California, I’m ready to spill the details of one of the more epic New Year’s weekends of the past 20 years of my life. With an epic line up of bass-concentrated music, there was enough wobble and womp to take over the entire Tahoe area for three days. So if you’ve got a fetish for bass, SnowGlobe was your mecca. If you happened to miss out, well, you really missed out.
In order to keep these reviews simple and organized, I’m breaking it down day by day.
Day one felt like the most anticipated day of the festival. As SnowGlobe descended upon South Lake Tahoe for the very first year and crowds of people travelled from all across the country to take part in something unique and special, it really felt somewhat magical. Day one was something new for everyone to experience, and it made day one that much better.
Up first on Thursday was Dillon Francis. The kid has been straight killing it and 2011 was his year to break out as the leading moombahton artist. One can only imagine how ridiculous 2012 will end up for Dillon. Anyways, his set turned out to be mostly standard. I had seen him back in the summertime at the Mad Decent Block Party in LA and his set was fairly similar. Although he played similar tracks, he brought out some new bangers and classics that ripped apart the jam packed Sierra Tent. Most notably, his new track for OWSLA is a beast of a moombahcore track.
After Dillon Francis, we headed straight to the main stage to catch the final half of Big Gigantic. This was my first time experiencing the Colorado duo. Armed with a drumset, saxophone, and a whole lot of technology, Dominic and Jeremy took control of the eager crowd. If the crowd was cold before Big Gigantic, they were certainly sweating and ready for Pretty Lights to take over afterward. The duo’s I Need A Dollar rework really worked up the crowd.
Big Gigantic vs. Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar (Big Gigantic Remix)
To cap off the night on an incredible note, Pretty Lights rocked the packed main stage with his usual swagger. The main stage was so packed for Derek it got claustrophobic at times, but each and every person had a smile on their face. It is impossible to truly understand the sheer talent that Derek Vincent Smith possesses until you’ve witnessed his live act. Needless to say, SnowGlobe was no different, he definitely stole the night and made it his own.
Pretty Lights – I Can See It In Your Face
If you need a quick recap of what went down on night one, you should scope the excellent video courtesy of Cheekyfire. Also, if you missed out, here is your chance to get with the program.