Although festival season is now over and only a mere glimpse of summer is left, winter will be bringing shivers and chills of another type; those that will likely make you feel a lot better about the shedding trees and frosty mornings that we will be waking up to hereafter. With a selection of winter festivals waiting to be seeked out, the following months will no longer be a time to hide inside. Here we have picked 4 that should suit all budgets and tastes, as we venture to Leeds, the British coast, The Alps and Bulgaria.
Bulgaria is home to the Bansko Ski Resort, upon which lies 70km of powdered slopes ready to be explored at this unique mountain top music festival during March 2016. Hilltop stages, abandoned hotels, après ski clubs and intimate bars will be surroundings for 30 parties that will welcome a bill of worldwide dance music artists, including the likes of Levon Vincent, KiNK, Craig Charles, Channel One, Jane Fitz, Goldie and Gentleman’s Dub Club amongst many others for Horizon Festival (pictured above) next March.
Alongside an impressive music programme there will be a huge range of activities to get involved in, with skiing and snowboarding only touching the tip of the iceberg. The Pirin National Park and many other idyllic locations wait to be explored, not to mention forest paintballing, snowball fights, flashmob ski downs, thermal spas, restaurants, shops and ice-skating amongst much more. Festival tickets can be personalised to include entrance to the festival, accommodation, lift passes, lessons, transfers and much more.
A little earlier, from the 12th-19th December, Rise Festival will be taking to Les Deux Alpes in France, where another frenzy of exciting artists will congregate amongst mountains covered in snow as far as the eye can see. In a feat similar to that of Horizon Festival, this will be a dance music fans dream as the likes of Jackmaster, Skream, Axel Boman, Blonde, High Contrast, London Elektricity and Artwork will playing atop the mountains and amongst the après ski venues that stretch wide across the resort.
If you need a break from the music there is another ripe selection of excursions, activities and exciting things to see including ski and snowboard pistes for all levels, Love Lift speed dating, R games, a panorama bar, snow sculpturing, Snowmageddon, the yeti’s cabin, hot tubs and campfire amongst so much more. It’d as good as it sounds.
Back on more familiar ground there will be some serious naughtiness going down at Butlins as The Naughty Reunion returns for 52 hours of music and nonstop naughtiness. The likes of Tinie Tempah, Danny Howard, Katy B, Jaguar Skills, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Matrix & Futurebound and Mistajam will all be performing across the resort, with a number of stages in different areas of the East Coast resort that will be full of 6,000 ravers between the 13th and 15th of November
Tickets include Chalet accommodation that can be upgraded if you feel inclined to do so. Aside from the music the event offers a Pukka Up pool party, silent disco, and a huge fancy dress party as well as many other features. Satisfy your appetite at one of the many restaurants or use the on site supermarket if you would rather cater for yourself. It’s up to you.
Patterns Festiva - Day Of The Dead Halloween Spectacular
The final winter warmer is the earliest on this list, as Patterns Festival prepares to take to Beaverworks for a Day of The Dead Halloween Spectacular on October 31st. After their debut at Canal Mills in June, which was a resounding success, the Patterns team have changed location to treat us to 5 rooms of music and Halloween excitement.
As well as a variety of DJs and live music artists (June’s event saw Detroit Swindle, Submotion Orchestra, Eliphino, Riot Jazz and DJ Format perform), there will be a host of Halloween activities including a roller disco, firework displays, contortionists, toxic cocktails and street food.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Horizon Festival, Rise Festival, Naughty Reunion and Patterns Festival.