Much like summer festivals, each year sees a new gem spring onto the scene, so to help you deal with this influx of choice, here’s our pick of the best festivals to look out for this season.
Normally constrained over a weekend, this year Freeze organisers have gone all out to offer a lengthy five days of urban snow and music antics. How they’re going to fill these five days is still a little hazy, but it looks like they’ve upped the ante this year with five après bars, a cinema for movie premieres, interactive lectures from the athletes and even a full on fun fair.
2013 sees a change to the competition format, with the big air comp axed and replaced with a new international rail jam. Sad news for many, but with Freeze claiming that this will be the ‘biggest and most exciting competition to date’ we're interested to see how it goes down.
We’ve been left hanging as to what to expect from this year’s music lineup, but if you take a look at last year's acts which included DJ Shadow, Scratch Perverts and Public Enemy, I’m sure you'll get the gist.
When: 27th November – 1st December 2013
[part title='Freeze Festival, London ']
Even the potentially mundane task of travelling to Mayrhofen has been carefully thought out and pimped up with a road trip, a rather tempting excuse to add on a few extra days of partying to an already packed out week.
The eclectic music acts, which in the past have included Kasabian, Rudimental and Ms Dynamite are only part of the Snowbombing story, with other entertainment including street parties, sky high igloos and an insane amount of dressing up.
Despite its heavy emphasis on partying hard day in day out, Mayrhofen is set up perfectly for late season snow. The area of Zillertal boasts an impressive five ski areas, so you’d be hard pushed to find a good excuse not to venture out on the mountain, no matter how bad that five day hangover is.
When: 7th– 12th April 2014
[part title='Snowbombing, Mayrhofen']
With DJ sets, club nights, BBQ’s and mountain stages being just a hint of what we’ve been told to expect for 2014 things are looking interesting. In case you need a final push, given its tax-free status, when it comes to cheap booze Andorra is full of it. Need we say more?
When: 23rd – 30th March 2014[part title='Snowboxx, Arinsal']
Horizon prides itself on offering something for everyone, no matter your ability or enthusiasm for the slopes. Alongside the purpose built snow park, Horizon offers free yoga sessions, spa and beauty packages, an eclectic music line up and generally an affordable holiday destination away from the usual go to mountain resorts.
When: 8th – 14th March 2014
[part title='Horizon Festival, Bansko']
In its 25th year, the Brits is one of the longest running festivals the mountains have to offer. While it’s considered a serious platform for the UK's greatest athletes to battle for titles, don't be put off if you don't happen to be one of the country's finest freestyle riders. The Brits is open to everyone, from UK pros to amateurs and comes with a heavy dose of après for good measure.
Set in one of the world’s most famous resorts, Tignes, good snow and next level partying is pretty much a given. Alongside this world class snowboard competition you can expect off the hook après sessions, BBQs, Sledgeercross (the most lethal act of sledging ever witnessed), tons of drinking and of course the Whitelines Rail Jam. Music wise think along the lines of Chase & Status, Pendulum and DJ Yoda with a bit of Ben Howard thrown in for good measure.
When: 29th March – 5th April 2014
[part title='The Brits, Tignes']
[part title='Other Ones to Watch']
Where: Portes du Soleil
When: 26th to 30th March 2014
What: Altitude Comedy Festival
When: Dates tba
What: Zermatt Unplugged
When: 8th to 12th April 2014