By McKenzie Wegner
Many high school students throughout Marin are getting ready for their winter break, which they will be spending in Tahoe at the annual SnowGlobe music festival. The three-day long festival is held on the athletic field of Lake Tahoe Community College, and runs from December 29th to December 31st.
This year, the festival has four main headlining acts including: The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer, ODESZA, and Flume, in addition to almost 50 other artists, featuring popular rappers Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, and D.R.A.M.
Many students from local high schools purchased their tickets months ago. Most students buy three-day general admission passes so they can attend the entire festival.
High school students commonly attend music festivals such as Bottlerock, Outside Lands, and Coachella, however SnowGlobe is one of the only winter festivals to take place in the snow.
Will Doodokyan, a senior at Novato High, will be attending SnowGlobe this winter with a group of his friends.
Doodokyan has never been to SnowGlobe, but he is excited to see some of his favorite artists, such as ODESZA, Flume, and R.L. Grime. He believes it is one of the best lineups SnowGlobe has had.
Novato High senior Paolo Marchi is also attending the festival.
“I am most excited to see The Chainsmokers due to the popularity of their songs, and their heart-racing ‘drops’ that get the crowd going,” Marchi said.
Along with all festivals comes an excited crowd who want to see their favorite bands, but like most festivals, the crowd will often use intoxication to enhance the event. However, the SnowGlobe guidelines strictly state that there will be no acceptance of illegal substances or drugs.
“My parents didn’t want me to go at first because of the drug use,” explains Doodokyan. “Eighty percent of the people there are on drugs, and people have died in the past.”
Illegal drugs and substances mixed with cold weather and snow is not a good combination as many people don’t have full control of their body when under the influence.
Over the years, there have been multiple incidents in which people have died or have been severely injured due to hypothermic conditions when they were intoxicated.
Three years ago, a 19 year old girl from Petaluma was found dead after attending SnowGlobe. Drugs were found in her system after she was found frozen to death.
Issues can be caused when festival go-ers attempt to walk back to their hotels or cabins in the harsh conditions late at night, instead of taking SnowGlobe’s shuttle system.
Doodokyan explains, “My only worry is that someone will go too hard and be injured (due to intoxication).”