Top Snowsports Music Festivals 2019/2020
Elizabeth Willis | 30 October 2019 | Ski Holidays
Don’t worry if you missed out on glasto tickets this year, we think we have something better: ski resort music festivals! Combine your love of snow sports with live music, and have a holiday you’ll never forget. Not only do you get to ski in some of Europe’s best resorts, but you can also listen to world-class artists perform in front of breath-taking scenery. Enjoy all the fun of a ski holiday and a festival, without the muddy fields and tents.
We’ve collected a list of the top ski music festivals in the Alps for the 2019/2020 season. There's something for everyone, whether you love dancing all night to the latest techno and house tunes or relaxing in the sun to acoustic covers.
14 - 19 Dec 2019
Les Deux Alps, France
Festival season in the Alps kicks off in just over 6 weeks, with Rise Festival. Held in Les Deux Alps in France, the festival prides itself on its focus on skiing, music and adventure. So alongside big music artists, there are parties in secret log cabins and huge events like Bongo’s Bingo, Applebum and Triple Cooked. There is also a huge range of amazing activities to enjoy, such as a husky safari, glacier yoga, paragliding, helicopter rides and snowmobiling!
Line-up: Chase and Status DJ set, Solardo, and an orchestral rendition of Destiny’s Child and Christmas Hits.
14 - 21 March 2020
Alpe d’Huez, France
After its huge success last year, the ultra-famous Belgian music festival returns to Alpe d’Huez for its second winter instalment. One of the most loved and best-known music festivals in the world, the festival attracts 'People of Tomorrow' from all over the planet.
Line-up: Oliver Heldens, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix
Rock the Pistes
15 - 21 March 2020
Portes du Soleil, France
Consisting of 5 live concerts on the slopes, and over 30 après ski concerts in the resorts, Rock the Pistes is held across the entire Portes du Soleil region. As the name would suggest, the festival attracts international and French pop and rock artists. Best of all, festival tickets are completely free with the purchase of a lift pass!
Line-up: To be announced. Previous artists include Rag’n’Bone man, Lee Scratch Perry and Babyshambles.
23 - 30 March 2020
Snowboxx festival includes performances in the huge open-air arena by the slopes, or at legendary après ski parties in Avoriaz town centre. Alongside an incredible line-up, there are lots of great activities to get involved in. Dance the night away at an igloo party or forest rave, enjoy a bottomless brunch or compete against your friends in a snowball fight or sledge race!
Line-up: Headliners includes Andy C, Annie Mac and Denis Sulta. Other acts include Abode, Jaguar Skills, and The Menendez Brothers.
9 - 13 April 2020
The original alpine music festival is in its 21st year. Snowbombing, held in Mayrhofen since 2005, considers itself ‘The World’s Greatest Show on Snow’. Alongside huge music acts, there’s more igloo raves, forest parties, street parties and mountain top brunches. More chilled out activities include alpine yoga and chairlift speed dating. The festival also embraces its Austrian location, with traditional cultural references including oompah bands, lederhosen and lots of sausages!
The event is also known for giving ‘Snowbombers’ an alternative to flying – the famous Snowbombing Road Trip encourages attendees to drive to the festival, involving collection points en-route, an overnight stay in Frankfurt and a procession on arrival in Mayrhofen, which marks the official opening of the festival.
Line-up: Liam Gallagher, The Streets, Foals and Kurupt FM alongside DJ sets from Chase & Status, Rudimental, Gorgon Cit, My Nu Leng, Sub Focus and Wilkinson
14 to 18 April 2020
Zermatt Unplugged is a key event in the Swiss music scene. The mountain festival celebrates exclusively acoustic music, making it unique in Europe. Altogether, there are around 80 concerts. Attendees can also visit the Taste Village in the centre of resort and try some delicious Swiss food.
Line-up: To be announced next week. Past performers have included Passenger, James Bay, Jessie J and Tom Odell
Dates to be confirmed
Crans Montana, Switzerland
Caprices is a famous electronic music festival, usually held over 4 days in April. The event is a favourite of those in the underground house and techno music scenes. Sven Vath and Ricardo Villalobos count themselves among the festival’s regulars. Parties are held in the clubs of Crans Montana, and in the iconic MDRNTY dance tent, perched 2,200m up the mountain.
Top of the Mountain Festival
Date to be confirmed
Top of the Mountain closing concert is the big finale to the winter season in Ischgl. Last year, Lenny Kravitz performed to 18,000 winter sports fans at 2,320m above sea level. The acts for this year’s festival have yet to be announced, but Seeed (Berlin’s cult 10-man dancehall/reggae/dub/ska/hip-hop band) will be performing at the Top of the Mountain Opening Party on November 30th.
Tickets to these massive festivals always sell out quickly, so if you want to hit the slopes with some of the world’s best music artists, now’s the time to book! For all your other ski holiday needs, we’re here to help. Just give one of our ski specialists a call on 020 7801 1080, and we’ll use our expertise to find you the perfect ski holiday, whatever your needs.
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