South Lake Tahoe City Council votes to end contract with SnowGlobe

The SnowGlobe Music Festival will not be returning to South Lake Tahoe, the City Council decided on Tuesday.

In 2019, the city signed a five-year contract with SnowGlobe on the grounds that event organizers provide an alternative location to hold the event.

Since the event was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, the organizers were required to provide the city with the alternative location by June 18, which they didn’t do.

The city sent the organizers a letter informing them they were in breach of contract. They responded with a list of six locations that they considered, including Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Lake Tahoe Golf Course, George Whittell High School and surrounding area, multiple casino parking lots, and Camp Richardson and surrounding areas. They city said none of them were suitable, meaning organizers continued to be in breach of contract.

Many members of the public have long been outspoken against the multi-day concert, which was held over a few days and capped on New Year’s Eve, citing noise and trash complaints.

Organizers of the event declined to defend themselves during the council meeting, so after very little discussion, the council voted to end the contract with the event.

Council member Cody Bass said now he wants the city to focus on hosting its own family-friendly New Year’s Eve event.

Mayor Pro Tem Devin Middlebrook agreed, saying he didn’t want the issues with SnowGlobe to dissuade any other possible music festivals from coming to the region.

Laney Griffo is a staff writer with the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a sister publication of The Union

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