Music Festivals to Hit in the Alps this Winter 2019/20

 

When winter ticks round across the Alps and the snow starts to fall ahead of the new ski season, the calendar comes alive with a whole host of amazing festivals and concerts – running right through to season’s end in spring.

Across the Alps, keen skiers and snowboarders with a love for live music and comedy are spoiled for choice – but knowing where to find the biggest gigs and piste-side parties can be a challenge.

To lend a hand to those planning to mix their skiing with their love of music, here we’ve gathered together a list of the biggest and best festivals and concerts to hit this winter – with recommendations on where to stay. Expect banging beats, snowy or sun-soaked après ski, and some of the best scenery you could ever hope for!

The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show, London’s Battersea Park, 24 to 27 October 2019

We couldn’t gather together a list of the festivals and concerts taking place this coming winter ski season without special mention of the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show. This annual celebration of all things ski and snowboard is widely considered to herald the start of the winter ski season, and showcases the latest mountain fashions alongside a dazzling array of live freestyle competitions, family entertainment, après ski events, presentations, film releases, gigs, and parties. All the festival’s many events are covered on one pass, and early-bookers can enjoy discounted entry.

Rise Festival, Les Deux Alpes, 14 to 21 Dec 2019

Hitting the high-altitude glacier resort of Les Deux Alpes in mid-December, the Rise Festival is an amazing way to kick off your winter ski season with a bang. This vibrant week-long celebration of house, garage, grime, drum and bass fills the valleys with amazing music, and attracts music and ski-lovers from far and wide. The festival features outdoor stages on the glacier, with previous headliners including Chase and Status, Solardo, Distinkt, and Radio One’s very own Annie Mac. Ticket and lift pass packages start from around £199.

Where to stay

If you’re hitting Les Deux Alpes in search of hassle-free access to both town and lifts, then the chalet l’Olan is a good accommodation option to consider. This warm and welcoming property sits only 50 metres from the bustling Place de Venosc and 100 metres from the nearest lifts.

Tomorrowland Winter, Alpe d’Huez, March 2020

The Tomorrowland Festival began life as a summertime dance festival in Belgium, and expanded in recent times into the winter ski season – taking pride of place in the iconic French resort of Alpe d’Huez. Tomorrowland Winter hits the Alps in March, with packages available to include your concert ticket, accommodation and lift pass. This popular dance music festival features big-name stars like Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Afrojack and Dimitri Vegas, and promises to be an exciting new addition to the Alps’ winter festival calendar.

Where to stay

Accommodation options in Alpe d’Huez are broad, but one of our favourite group ski chalets is the warm and welcoming chalet Vieux Logis. The chalet takes pride of place in the pretty Old Town, and offers guests easy access to the Eclose piste. The chalet sleeps up to 15 people across its eight bedrooms, with most of the rooms featuring balconies. Its spacious lounge has large, cosy sofas to sink into after a long day on the slopes, while the dining room on the floor below features a beamed ceiling and an open fire, making meal times relaxed and enjoyable.

Rock the Pistes, Portes du Soleil, March 2020

Taking place across France’s beautiful Portes du Soleil ski area, the open-air Rock the Pistes festival spans France and Switzerland, with DJ sets and rock gigs in spectacular alpine settings. This week long celebration of mountains and music is free, and festival go-ers only need a lift pass to access the high-altitude stages. A busy schedule of live performances up on the slopes is complemented by later gigs down in town, and the resort is filled with music and revelry all week long!

Where to Stay

Morzine is a great base for the festival, and the chalet Du Pre is one of our most popular. It sits directly opposite the Pleney piste and only a 100m walk from the town centre, with private sauna and comfortable living area.

The Brits, Laax, late March 2020

Taking place in Laax for the last 25 years, The Brits bring UK snow-lovers to this iconic Swiss resort for a week of competitions and celebrations. All are welcome, from novices to experts, as the Brits play host to the annual British Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships. Bright lights from the worlds of ski and snowboard showcase their freestyle skills to an appreciative audience across halfpipe, slopestyle, ski/boarder cross, big-air disciplines and more, with lively après ski revelry completing the picture.  The lineup for this years festival is yet to be released, but previous headliners have included The Correspondents, Ben Howard and Rob Da Bank.

Snowboxx, Avoriaz, 23 to 30 March 2020

One of the Alps’ biggest festivals, Snowboxx returns to Avoriaz for its third season this winter. This amazing week-long celebration of music sees festival go-ers enjoying a heady mix of DJ sets, terrace parties and club nights. Previous headliners have included luminaries like Craig David TS5, Rudimental, Jax Jones, Wilkinson, and Danny Howard – offering music lovers a wide range of beats to enjoy.

Where to stay

Chalet Perce Neige sits piste-side in Avoriaz, with stunning views and a great location, just 200 metres from town centre. Facilities include private sauna, comfortable bedrooms and an open-plan living/dining area with log fire and French windows.

Altitude Comedy Festival, Mayrhofen, early April 2020

Billed as the ‘funniest show on snow’ and the ‘world’s number 1 alpine comedy festival’, Altitude began life in Meribel before transferring over to Mayrhofen in Austria. Down the last 12 years of its running, the festival has seen big-names including Frankie Boyle, Kevin Bridges, Eddie Izzard, Jimmy Carr and John Bishop take to the stage – with often hilarious results. Aside from the chuckles, the comedy festival sees a whole host of amusing fancy dress races and slope-side entertainments taking place up on the pistes.

Where to Stay

Located close to the centre of Mayrhofen, the Hotel Berghof offers the best of both worlds – easy access to the lifts and a short stroll to the heart of the action. Guests in the hotel enjoy the wood-panelled lounge with cosy open fire and bar, and facilities include jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, 8 to 13 April, 2020

Arguably the biggest and best of the all the music festivals hitting the Alps each winter season, Snowbombing’s reputation precedes it. It’s one of the longest running festivals on the circuit, and draws thousands of eager revellers to the snowy slopes of Mayrhofen each April. The festival recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and this year’s gathering has a lot to live up to!

If you bag yourself a ticket, strap in for a whirlwind lineup of international DJs and bands, with long days on the snowy slopes and lively evenings of music and celebration. Six mountain stages play host to a diverse rostrum of pop, electronic and urban music acts, and activities include Alpine yoga lessons, chairlift speed-dating and the now infamous Snowlympics.

When darkness descends over the peaks and valleys, the stage is set for the main acts – and this year’s festival has Stormzy, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Andy C, Groove Armada, and Redlight booked.

 

Image courtesy of Andrew Whitton

Where to stay

Mayrhofen’s chalet Tirol enjoys an enviable location right in the heart of town. The property underwent a complete renovation for the start of the 2014/15 winter season, and today offers traditional and comfortable accommodation for groups of friends and families.

Zermatt Unplugged, Zermatt, 14 to 18 April 2020

A rarity on the Alps’ festival circuit, Zermatt Unplugged is a unique acoustic music concert with stages set in the village and up on the slopes. The line-up for this year hasn’t been released yet but previous artists include Kodaline, Sarah Connor, Hudson Taylor, Emelie Sande, The Kooks, Wintershome, Norah Jones, Jake Bugg, Nelly Furtado, Paolo Nuntini, and Jess Glynne. Smaller stages guarantee an intimate experience, set beneath the imposing peak of the world-famous Matterhorn.

Where to Stay

The Hotel Perren in Zermatt is a great base from which to enjoy the festival. The Sunnegga lift and village centre is just 4 minutes away, and the hotel boasts traditional architecture with modern finishes and furnishings. Guests enjoy spacious lounge, attractive à la carte restaurant and rustic bar, as well as wellness amenities that comprise a sauna, hot stone grotto, aroma steam bath and relaxation room.

Caprices, Crans Montana, 16 to 19 April 2020

The Caprices Festival is a celebration of techno, house and electronica, taking place for the last 16 years in Crans Montana, Switzerland. It won the Best International Festival 2018 at the DJ Awards, and has attracted big-name acts such as Marcel Dettmann, Len Faki, Jamie Jones, Peggy Gou, Black Coffee, DVS1, Pan-Pot and Sven Väth. Tickets for the 2020 festival, the 17th in the series, are already on early-bird sale, with the festival’s striking glass venue – MDRNTY – set to feature again.

Where to Stay

The Hotel du Lac in Crans Montana is a small, welcoming hotel with a cosy ambience and fabulous views across the Rhone Alps. Access to the skiing is via the Montana Cry d'Er lift 5 minutes' scenic walk away (500m) around the frozen lake.

Live in Tignes by Francofolies, Tignes, 21 to 23 April 2020

Spring is a magical time in the alps, with longer days and amazing après ski. The Live in Tignes festival captures it all – with 3 days of free gigs across 2 stages, in Tignes Le Lac and at the summit of the Boisses and Sache gondolas. French DJs and musicians dominate the billing, with a heady blend of dance and pop booming out across the slopes. This year will be the festival’s 5th iteration and the gigs are free to attend – the perfect way to see out the winter ski season in style.

Where to Stay

Tignes is chock full of wonderful chalets and hotels, where guests enjoy easy access to the snowy slopes. Our pick here is the chalet Anne Marie, which sits in a wonderful location a stone’s throw from the pistes – with the heart of Tignes only a short walk away. To complete the picture, the chalet has an outdoor hot tub where guests can soak ski-sore muscles and take in the beautiful mountain views.

Jazz in Val Thorens, Val Thorens, around 17 April 2020

Last year’s Jazz in Val Thorens festival saw a total of 17 concerts across 5 stages, with 45 talented Jazz musicians and artists wowing crowds with their melodic harmonies. Previous headliners have included stars like Manu Katché, Rhoda Scott and Biréli Lagrène, and the festival stands out for its elegant performances and stunning high-altitude setting. Attendees enjoy a full rostrum of gigs showcasing bossa nova, soul, blues, hip-hop and funk, across the terraces and pistes of VT. Single concert tickets start from around €30, while the full three-day public passes cost around €80.

Where to Stay

Ski and town access is easy throughout Val Thorens, owing to its clever design and layout, but for an ideal blend of piste and resort access, the Club Med Val Thorens Sensations is a tough act to beat. This amazing all-inclusive hotel rolls flights, transfers, unlimited dining, lift passes and tuition into one handy package, and offers the ultimate in ski holiday adventure in Val Thorens.

Top of the Mountain Festival, Ischgl, end of April 2020

The Top of the Mountain Festival takes place on the Idalp three times across Ischgl’s winter season, once to open the season, once in Easter, and a final one to close the season with a bang. The concert is free to attend, and previous headliners have includes international legend like Muse, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Jason Derulo, Lenny Kravitz and Elton John. Thousands of music-loving revellers fill the Idalp, with beats booming from the mighty speaker stacks and rolling out over the peaks and valleys of Ischgl.

Where to Stay

The 5* chalet-hotel Abendrot ranks among the most popular properties in our Ischgl portfolio, and attracts guests keen to enjoy the best of the resort. It sits in a fantastic central location between two of the main lifts, with easy access to the skiing and the bars, restaurants and shops in the heart of town. The hotel itself is built in the classic Alpine style, with welcoming hotel lounge and bar, with a wellness suite boasting sauna, steam room and relaxation area.

For more information on these amazing alpine festivals, or for details on the accommodation and travel options to suit your requirements, we’re on hand to help. You can reach us by phone on 020 3080 0200 or find us through our online chat service, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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