Alps, snow, drinks and parties. If you’re thinking about the 80’s Christmas holiday you’re wrong. Things changed and festivals are now flying high. Among the leading festivals at high altitude there is Snowbombing, probably the most important alpin festival in the electronic review, that this year is at his 16th edition. Always in Mayrhofen, tyrolean Austria.
Between the 4th and 9th of April, in the lovely alpin locality, lots of artists will play on the stages set up between bars, on the tracks, an igloo and in the locals in town. Not only dj set, not only techno and house music bot almost all the bigs of the huge electronic hotchpotch. There will be The Prodigy, Bastille, but also Jackmaster, Bicep and Stanton Warriors, Groove Armada, Andy C and Henrik Schwarz, til Kerri Chandler and Marcel Dettmann.
The line-up embraces lots of music styles, to satisfy the tastes of all the clubbers that will come from all around the Europe and from UK, to dance and – at the same time – to relax in an alpin frame, always quite inusual for electronic music but that promises to mantain untouched his charme. If you think to a long weekend in the mountain, when the spring begins, you should go straight to Snowbombing.
HISTORY OF SNOWBOMBING
The event has been created by a small english travel company that, at that time, was trying to expand his popularity with winter travel packages. It was established by Gareth Cooper (founder and owner) and from a small group of friends working in the music field that it would have been a great idea to combine good music and skiing. So the concept born 15 years ago.
Snowbombing is unique, not only because it involves winter sports but also for the particular locations of the parties. The Arctic Disco is a good example: there, at 2000 metres of altitude, the festival hosted the best djs in the world in a club made completely in ice. From Fatboy Slim, to Norman Jay, from Justin Martin to Eats Everything or Kasabian.
In the first edition there were more or less 300 people (most of all organizers and friends), while in the 2015 edition there were 6000 snowbombers in the town of Mayrhofen.
“The objective is always the same: to offer something unique and different. Coming from the UK, people is used to participate at festivals in farms or fields, they usually sleep in tents, can’t have a shower for several days, eat bad stuff and, probably, they’re forced to stand the awful english weather. Snowbombing offers something different. Festivalers stay in beautiful hotels, with incredible bedrooms, showers and all the opportunities of a wellness centre. The typical snowbomber can use the morning for skiing, the afternoon for dancing in one of our high altitude terrace, coming back to the valley and relax in a spa, take a shower and then have a good meal in a restaurant… and at the end of the day they can dance all night long. So many things occur that’s impossible to do everything without sleeping a bit. The festival lasts several days and many people take a day to rest and take the energy back before coming back to normality.” Alex Bennet (organizer)
* Prices go from 219£ for 5 nights and bracelet!