The last thing we imagine when we think of a musical festival is that it will be cold. Very cold. The Snowbombing in Mayrhofen, Austria, is designed for winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding in the mornings.
However, when the sun goes down, sports leave space to electronic music, techno and party, and the enormous white tracks transforms into multiple multicolored spaces that dance to the rhythm of the most accelerated beats.
This bacchanal of snow and music takes place in the small Tyrolean village of Mayrhofen, which does not even reach 4000 inhabitants the rest of the year. This year’s party will take place between April 9th and 14th, a few days after the start of spring, with a stellar lineup that includes Liam Gallagher (former member of Oasis), Rudimental, Pendulum, Dizzee, Craig David, Wilkinson or Eats Everything.
For lovers of skis, the nineteenth Snowbombing Festival will have 650 kilometers of untouched tracks, among which you will find the steepest slope in Europe, ‘Harakiri’ with a 78% inclination. However, you can practice on different tracks suitable for any skill level.
However, for those who are not very athletes, the mornings at the Snowbombing Festival will be anything but boring. The organization has planned spas, saunas, yoga in the snow, rallies in funny cars, leisure monitors, costumes, glitter parties and gymkhanas. And of course, you will find typical Tyrolean restaurants with food and the local beer of renowned purity.
When the closing time of the tracks arrives, the attendees of the festival will go to the amazing stages located in magnificent locations. The main stage, the ‘Forest’, located between haunted pines has witnessed the presentation in previous editions of The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim or Bastille. In this edition it will be the battlefield of the British Liam Gallagher and Rudimental.
The ‘Street Party’ in the middle of the town, and mixing with the blond inhabitants, is another of the main stages of the festival. For its part, for techno and non-stop party lovers, the underground stage ‘Racket Club’, is the delight of the most intense ravers .
A surrealist igloo at almost 1900m above sea level and with capacity for 300 attendees per session, is considered the coldest party in the world and will take place in the icy ‘Arctic Disco’ stage.
Other smaller musical scenarios will also be present during the daylight hours at the Snowbombing Festival 2018, with DJs playing in the ski tracks, in typical Tyrolean breweries, in the Hans charcuterie and even in heated pools. Yes, in the Alps!
The basic price for this festive edition includes the access to all the musical stages, sports courts and more lodging activities, where for approximately 300 pounds sterling (€335 approximately) you can choose between several small apartments. If you have a more comfortable budget, stay in huge 5-star hotels with access to all musical and sports activities (€720 approx.).
Can you think of a better way to start the spring? Enjoying the first solo album by Liam Gallagher ‘As you were’ after having skied all day, having tasted delicious Austrian high mountain specialties, and dancing with the most frantic electronics at dawn in a VIP igloo reserved only for 300 lucky persons.
So, can you ask for something more? Live the Snowbombing Festival in Mayrhofen, Austria (just 1h45 from Münich), between April 9th and 14th 2018, as if it were the last festival on Earth.