In April 2017, Caprices Festival will once again take place in the beautiful Swiss resort of Crans-Montana for a 4-day celebration of the best underground electronic music from the worlds of house and techno.
As has been the case for the previous eight editions of Caprices Festival, the iconic MDRNTY stage will be atop the mountain, its transparent walls and ceiling offering breathtaking views of the surrounding environment as electronic music royalty bring the party to Crans-Montana.
Since the first appearance of MDRNTY@Caprice back in 2009, the ever-popular festival fixture has shaped the face of Caprices as a whole, and in recent editions the festival has transformed into a dedicated electronic music party
In honour of this development, we've looked back over the history of MDRNTY@Caprices to track its growth, and the part it played in ushering in a new era for Caprices Festival.
In 2009, MDRNTY made its first ever appearance at Caprices Festival, with Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano and Loco Dice the first names to take to the mountain top stage.
"The concept was such a success right from the word go that it became the unmissable event of the festival from that point on!" – Maxime Léonard (Festival Director)
After a phenomenal debut, the MDRNTY stage returned once again in 2010 hoping to build on the impressive foundations of the previous year. The video below highlights the amount of work that goes in to erecting a transparent building on the side of a mountain (complete with Ricardo Villalobos sharing pearls of wisdom in a ski-lift).
2011 was Detroit's year at MDRNTY@Caprices, with appearances from motor-city techno legends Kenny Larkin, Stacey Pullen and Carl Craig; the latter of the three celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Planet E Communication label.
2012 ensured another mountain-top party to remember in the MDRNTY stage, with Jamie Jones notably making his debut appearance at the festival just months on from being named the number one DJ in the world in RA's year-end poll.
By 2013, MDRNTY@Caprices had grown to the point where more than twenty DJs played across the course of the festival, including Sven Väth, Henrick Schwarz, Ilario Alicante and Paco Osuna.
2014 marked the first time in the history of Caprices Festival that electronic music acts were in the majority on the overall lineup, increasingly not being confined to the MDRNTY stage. It also featured the first ever appearance at the festival from a true icon of dance music, Richie Hawtin, who was celebrating 25 years in the industry.
2015 brought the most significant change in the history of Caprices, as the festival changed to a four-day format dedicated exclusively to electronic music. The first Caprices Festival of the 'new era' had a lineup that boasted some of the biggest names in underground house and techno, pided across two stages: MDRNTY's iconic mountain-top terrace, and the lower altitude 'Moon'.
Now fully dedicated to the throwing an incredible celebration of electronic music, the Caprices Festival 2016 lineup was the biggest to date in terms of house and techno talent. It also marked an incredible tenth appearance at the festival for Ricardo Villalobos, one of dance music's most celebrated names.
2017... who knows what Caprices Festival 2017 might bring, but whatever the lineup, whatever the surprises in store, it's a safe bet that it will be another phenomenal party.