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Unmissable Music Festivals in the Mountains
Issue 11 / 21 January 2019

Unmissable Music Festivals in the Mountains

Don't wait until the summer to get your festival fix. Bands are ready to rock the pistes in the Alps this Spring.

Serena Norton

Rock the Pistes, Portes du Soleil 17-23 March 2019

The 9th annual addition of this high-altitude music festival packs an impressive 35 concerts into one week. Featuring international and French pop-rock artists, you can enjoy open-air gigs right on the slopes as well as apres-ski concerts every evening in the resort villages. And the best part is, the festival is included in the cost of your lift pass. This year, confirmed acts include Gaetan Roussel, Charlie Winston and Hyphen Hyphen.

STAY: Chalet Joux Plane, Morzine - a masterclass in interior design, this incredible property has everything you could wish for in a ski chalet. From the 23-metre inside-outdoor pool, cinema room and spectacular views to the vast living area with floating mezzanine dining area and a team of staff waiting on your every need, your stay is sure to be memorable for all the right reasons.

Snowboxx, Avoriaz 23-30 March 2019

Avoriaz is the highest resort in Portes du Soleil, meaning not only can you enjoy world-class music but also the world’s largest ski area. This legendary European festival has an amazing line-up this year with headliners Craig David, Rudimental, Jax Jones and Wilkinson all confirmed. Aside from the music, you can enjoy apres-ski parties at La Folie Douce, comedy nights, igloo parties and bottomless brunches.

STAY: Ferme de Moudon, Les Gets - a beautiful, private chalet with design credentials from Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud. The authentic features of this 300-year-old farmhouse have been retained yet updated with opulent furnishings and facilities. New for this year is a stunning spa terrace with heated pool, fire pit and hot tub.

"Snowboxx - a cut above the rest"
The Independent
"Snowboxx - a cut above the rest"
The Independent

Chamonix Unlimited, Chamonix 2-7 April 2019

Chamonix Unlimited festival sees the best electronic acts take to the stage in venues all over the Mont Blanc range. Six days of DJs, parties and events both on the mountain and in town will leave you needing a holiday all over again. Bringing together music and winter sports, you can ski with renowned free-riders, including world tour 2018 champion, Kristofer Turdell, before dancing in your ski boots to fresh new artists.

STAY: Chalet Alta - this stylish chalet offers breathtaking views of the Chamonix valley and is only a three-minute drive from the Grand Montets ski area. One of the highlights of the chalet is the wonderful indoor/outdoor swimming pool equipped with hydrojets - a great way to ease any aching muscles after a day’s dancing. Further facilities include a sauna, steam room, gym and cinema room.

Zermatt Unplugged, Zermatt 9 - 13 April 2019

Back for the 11th year running, Zermatt Unplugged offers five days of acoustic music across several venues around the village and on the slopes. With the backdrop of the majestic Matterhorn, what better venue for a festival? With big names such as Tom Odell, Boy George, Jessie J and Passenger confirmed, 2019’s festival is set to be unmissable.

STAY: Chalet Maurice - a stunning property with the most magnificent views over the village and of course the Matterhorn. Large south-facing balconies provide the perfect spot to sunbathe while a range of wellness facilities, including a sauna, massage room and Jacuzzi, offer the chance to relax in style.

Caprices Festival, Crans Montana 11 - 14 April 2019

House and techno fans flock to Caprices festival year on year to enjoy four, non-stop days of booming baselines. This year the likes of Audiofly, Black Coffee, Apollonia and Bedouin will be entertaining the masses. The daytime stage gives you amazing views of the Alps, whilst the nighttime stage provides spectacular visuals using technology.

STAY: Chalet Ski & Golf - a ski-in/ski-out chalet built in larch, local stone and glass. The chalet is adorned with ski and golf memorabilia, Persian rugs and antique furniture. The ground floor is home to a wonderful wellness area with an indoor swimming pool, corner Jacuzzi and sauna.

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