Music festivals are generally synonymous with warm sun, feel good tunes, and happy summer vibes. With the majority of the most famous European and UK festivals happening during the summer months, it would be easy to assume that the festival season ends in August. Thankfully, this is not the case. Here we take a look at some of the best winter festivals Europe has to offer, after all, what’s cooler than cool? Ice-cold.
BERGFESTival – Austria
BERGFESTival is a three day music festival in the Alps…in a dedicated festival village/ski resort! It is a rock and indie music festival, and is now in its fifth year. The event is set amid 200km of dazzling Austrian pistes. Set against this breathtaking backdrop, festival goers can enjoy freshly powdered ski slopes by day, and by night the party really gets going.
The Warehouse Project – England
The Warehouse Project is an iconic series of electronic and urban club nights spread throughout Manchester. It has the reputation for being on of the biggest events on the UK music calendar. Each year it brings some of the biggest names in house, techno, grime, garage and hip hop along with it. 2018 is to be the last time the festival takes place at the Store Street warehouse, where it has taken place for the last four years.
Snowboxx – France
Snowboxx is an EDM and winter sports festival located in the Avoriaz Ski Resort in France. This festival incorporates house, drum and bass, techno, grime, dubstep and plenty of other dance tunes to keep you bopping through the snow. Festival reveler’s can enjoy lots of winter sports here too, like skiing and snowboarding, but the fun doesn’t stop there, you can also participate in other fun activities, such as paint-balling, extreme snow ball fights and zorb bowling. You can even indulge yourself in some karaoke if you’re feeling particularly tuneful.
Sneeuwbal Winter Festival – Netherlands
Sneeuwbal is another dance music festival, this time in Utrecht. Held each year in Park Transwijk, the festival offers much more than just a great music line up. Each year the area transforms into a winter carnival with a toboggan run and an ice rink. They also have atmospheric fireplaces and cosy spots to warm your cockles if the cold gets a bit too much for you.
Awakenings Eindhoven – Netherlands
Another dance music offering from the Netherlands, Awakenings takes place in Eindhoven each year. It is housed in Klokgebouw, a renovated industrial building that has the capacity to hold up to 9,000 party goers. Awakenings is a staple of techno culture and any dance music enthusiast should try to make to at least one of these in their lifetime.
Snowbombing – Austria
Snowbombing is the largest winter festival on the snow. It has a varied and eclectic line up each year, and takes place on the slopes of the world renowned Mayrhofen ski resort in Austria. Along side the regular stages there are also a whole host of other fun and interesting things to see and do. Including an igloo rave, street parties and even an enchanted forest. This world leader in winter music festivals is a wonder to behold and goes on for an epic six days.
Horizon Festival – Andorra
Horizon Festival is held in the ski resort of Arinsal, Andorra. Taking place over the course of a full seven days, this lineup of many international DJ’s bring the party to a number of different venues throughout the resort. Incorporating mountain top stages, and secret forest raves, there is also a welcome acoustic chill-out area. There are even workshops available for up and coming, or novice DJ’s and producers, to learn a few tricks of the trade, or, hone their existing skills.
The Winter Social – England
The Winter Social is the winter version to the popular dance music festival. It is an indoor weekender, and its location varies year on year. It is one of the most prestigious events on this list and plays host to a number of the top DJ’s in the world each year. It takes place in March and signals the beginning of the festival season in the UK.