Passionate music lover and Dance Music Manchester fan, Erhan Korhaliller (@Ekorhaliller), wrote us this interesting run-down of some alternative festivals abroad – not in the sunshine, but in the snowy slopes of Europe. If you’re looking for a place to rave and have an awesome time with a difference, read on!
Where: Arinsal, Andorra
When: 22nd-28th March
Line Up: Roses Gabor, The Other Tribe DJ set, Eton Messy D/R/U/G/S & much more
One of the new festivals kicking off this year is Snowwboxx, promising to bring a touch of Balearic sun to the snowy slopes or Arinsal, Andorra. Throw into that the duty-free clubs and bars on the resort (1 euro a pint!) and we see a very messy week ahead! Before the flight home, be sure to check out the drink the bar dry party; Snowboxx is determined to send you home still hammered on Andorras finest. Alas, fear not serious skiers and boarders, after all Andorra was the host of the Alpine Ski World Cup 2012.
Not to be outdone, Snowboxx will be taking you up the mountain to the panoramic stage for a huge party which promises to have you gasping at the views Offering a cheaper alternative to Snowbombing, Snowboxx promises to be a week full of misadventures and not for the faint hearted!
Where: Bansko, Bulgaria
When: 23rd-29th March 2013
Line Up: Jackmaster, Loefah, Crazy P, Ben Pearce, Phaeleh & much more
The much anticipated Horizon Festival opens its doors to revelers for the first time this year in Bansko, Bulgaria. Bansko is the most popular and modern ski resort is Eastern Europe and away from the festival itself offers a lively nightlife scene. Horizon is exclusively taking over the town’s facilities for one week only!
There are over 20 parties spread over clubs, ice rinks, on the slopes and in the forests! On the slopes there will be DJ’S hosting raves in the piste bars, and stages will be ran by audio doughnuts, Flux, Pulse Radio, Shapes, Trix and Resonance Records.
Basscamp Night and Day Sessions
Where: Morezine, France
When: 14th March- 19th March
Line Up: TBC
Into its second year, Basscamp once again takes over Morezine for 5 days and 5 nights only. Last year the likes of Marco Del Horno, A Skills, Foamo, High Rankin and The Correspondents tore up the little French village that comes to life when Basscamp pulls up for some musical mayhem.
Altitude Comedy Festival
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
When: 18th – 22nd March 2013
Line Up: John Bishop, Michael Mittermeier, Terry Alderton and tons more!
If music isn’t your thing then why not check out Altitude Comedy Festival and roll down the slopes in laughter. With an impressive 2013 line up including the ever impressive John Bishop, this year’s festival is sure to top 2012’s success!
Set in the same location as Snowbombing, Altitude offers a different dimension to your ski trip. Aside from the festival it’s also worth visiting Mayrhofens local nightclub made of entirely of snow!
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
When: April 1st- 6th April
Line Up: Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, Skream, Kasabian, Example, Disclosure & much more
Known as the ‘Glastonbury on Ice’, Snowbombing is the pioneer of the alpine music festival. Starting off with just 200 people and a couple of DJs going to the alps for a party with their ski’s, Snowbombing has grown into a huge festival with over 5,000 revelers descending upon Mayrhofen.
Ever been to a rave and been told to keep your hands out of your pockets (in case you fall), to keep on dancing (to stave off the cold) and to watch your alcohol intake (due to high altitude)? The Igloo, formerly known as the arctic disco isn’t one of your normal dancing jaunts, in 2012, Seth Troxler’s set in the igloo was one of the highlights of the festival, with skiers returning off the lifts craving for more.
This year the line up is back, bigger and better with the likes of Carl Cox keeping its roots firmly placed in its dance origins plus the talents of guitar specialists Kasabian.