TOP 10: Winter Music Festivals in Europe

TOP 10: Winter Music Festivals in Europe

Slopeside heavy-hitters Horizon, Snowboxx and the world-dominating Snowbombing have already turned up in our favourite snowsports music festivals in Europe, but when you widen the view to the Winter season more generally, some other great parties slide into the frame.

Here are our top 10 picks for the cold months ahead in Europe.


Headliners: Wolfmother, Alligatoah, La Brass Banda

Slaloming away from indoor raves and piste-side DJs, BERGFESTival racks up a much more family-friendly affair in Austria's Saalbach-Hinterglemm region. Lineups feature bands currently cutting their way through the European rock and indie scene, with a few older heads thrown in as a bonus.

When & where: 2 - 4 December 2016, Saalbach, Austria

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Warehouse Project

Headliners: Carl Cox, Skepta, Four Tet

The UK's infamous dance series is back this fall with another 12-week residency in Manchester. Inviting artists from the worlds of house, techno, grime, garage, drum 'n' bass and more for more than 30 nights, ...

When & where: 23 September 2016 – 1 January 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Headliners (2016): Sigma, Stormzy, Blonde

Snowboxx is another recent addition to the ski-dancing crowd, and the challenge from this point on will be keeping hold of the small-town charm whilst establishing the festival's profile. Big name artists play on intimate stages, with the tried-and-tested Avoriaz ski resort taking care of the rest.

When & where: 18 - 25 March 2017, Avoriaz, France

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Sneeuwbal Winter Festival

Headliners (2016): Joran van Pol, Jay Hardway, Benny Rodrigues

Unique, quirky and joyfully fun in equal measure, Sneeuwbal Winter Festival brings the cheer of the ski season to the heart of Utrecht. Salopettes and snowboarding boots galore belie the festival's urban setting, as creative house and techno lineups play our in front of the biggest grumpy penguin you'll ever see.

When & where: 28 January 2017, Utrecht, Netherlands

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Awakenings Eindhoven

Headliners (2016): Joris Voorn, Maya Jane Coles, Chris Liebing

Though the iconic Gashouder has been home to Awakenings since it first began in 1997, Amsterdam's foremost techno tricksters have anointed Eindhoven as their second home. 2016 saw Manchester and New York join the family, but come 2017, there's dancing to be done before January's out.

When & where: January 2017, Eindhoven, Netherlands

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Headliners (2016): The Prodigy, Jamie Jones, Jungle

The undisputed king of the slopes, Snowbombing puts on the kind of lineups that would make any ground-based festival blush with pride, alongside the added prize of some of the continent's finest pistes. If lineups that have included Fatboy Slim, Sven Väth and – yes – Craig David aren't enough for you, then once you've factored in Snowbombing's renowned mountain-top and igloo stages it becomes an absolute no-brainer.

When & where: 3 - 8 April 2017, Mayrhofen, Austria

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Horizon Festival

Headliners (2016): Nina Kraviz, Gentlemen's Dub Club, Goldie

Horizon packs its bass layers much more tightly than most electronic snowsports festivals, with garage particularly prominent amongst the usual techno and house sounds. Bulgarian prices are much lower than most other European destinations, so Horizon's lineups and attention to detail stand out as all the more impressive.

When & where: March 2017, Bansko, Bulgaria

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Headliners (2016): Sven Väth, Jamie Jones, Nina Kraviz

Perched way up high on Crans-Montana – in Swizerland's French-speaking Alps – Caprices subverts its underground lineups with such irony that the punched-up MDRNTY tent sits almost 1500m above sea level. The views are stunning, the slopes are varied for all difficulties, and the headline acts rival any techno/house festival in Europe.

When & where: April 2017, Crans-Montana, Switzerland

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SEMF – Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival

Headliners (2015): Sven Väth, Chris Liebing, Len Faki

Now one of Germany's most influential techno raves, SEMF welcomes the very best in the genre year after year, for an all-night, four-floor party inside the Messe Stuttgart – a large exhibition centre in the south of the city. 

When & where: 10 December 2016, Stuttgart, Germany

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The Winter Social

Headliners (2016): Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz, Joris Voorn

The off-season twin of the popular dance festival, The Social Festival's winter edition boasts the same tightly curated lineup as its more famous brother, but this time takes it to a more intimate setting. Now one of the UK's best-loved underground dance brands, this winter party is the perfect chance to unite dance lovers while the nights are long. 

When & where: February 2017, Maidstone, United Kingdom

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