2018 News and events
Increasingly on trend in the mountains, numerous music festivals will take place in ski resorts this winter. Famous festivals such as “Jazz à Vienne”, “Les Francofolies” and “Tomorrowland”, are delocalizing to the ski slopes to offer a new and enriching experience to music-lovers. We have selected for you 12 festivals programmed for ski resorts this winter; some are well-anchored in festival culture and some are completely new events.
“Rise Festival” in Les 2 Alpes
15th to 22nd December
To kick off the winter season, the Rise Festival is brought to you by English organisers (Ibiza Rocks, Wasteland Ski and Rough Hill). You can combine a week of skiing and after-ski activities with electro, rock, pop and DJ concerts throughout the resort. 5,000 people attend every year!
“Classicaval” in Val d’Isère
January and March
With its two opuses, one in January and one in March, Classicaval is a classical music festival that takes place in Val d’Isère village and in its 17th century baroque church. The event has attracted leading musicians and singers thanks to the dedication of 4 artistic directors, Anne-Lise Gastaldi, Elena Rozanova, David Lefèvre and Frédéric Lagarde. Formerly called "Musicaval" and "Les Classiques de Val d’Isère", the festival is henceforth known as "Classicaval" and is acknowledged as the major event in the Val d’Isère winter cultural season.
“Salsa en la montana” Festival in Saint-Lary-Soulan
From 11th to 13th January
“Salsa en la montagna” is a salsa and ski event organised by volunteers. It combines dance, evening events, cultural activities, fresh air and “mountain activities”, all in the greatest of good humour. From 11th to 13th January you can immerse yourself in a weekend of salsa, ski and fiesta, in a crazy but utterly relaxed atmosphere. The whole resort vibrates to Latin rhythms… muy caliente!
“Sancy Snow Jazz” in Besse-Super-Besse and Le Mont-Dore
From 9th to 16th February 2019
2019 marks the 30th edition of this festival which is dedicated exclusively to the jazz music that resounds simultaneously throughout the various resorts and villages of the Massif du Sancy. Concerts start in the afternoon and go on late into the night, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; the musicians play in spaces where there is nothing to separate them from the audience, and admission is free.
Tomorrowland in l’Alpe d’HuezNEW
From 13th to 15th March
This famous Belgian electro festival is being exported to the French Alps for the first time, from 13th to 15th March 2019. All musical genres will be represented, as in the Belgian summer edition, and visitors will enjoy the ultimate festival experience. “Tomorrowland Winter” will extend across the whole of the ski area and across various stages, including a specially-built main stage at the foot of the slopes. The most famous DJs in the world, particularly delicious food and drink, things cropping up in the strangest places; all bathed in the scenography, the magic and the atmosphere that has become the mark of Tomorrowland.
The “Radiomeuh Circus Festival” in La Clusaz
From 28th to 31st March 2019
This festival is named after the most famous French webradio, RadioMeuh, which saw the light in La Clusaz in 2007. “La Meuh is a nod to our native identity, to the fact that we are mountain people, from La Clusaz in Reblochon country. The slightly idiotic name matched the side of us that likes to mess around, the side of us that is second-degree. Starting with nothing, and not being part of the Parisian music scene, our alternative, mountain-born side was a factor in our success. The RadioMeuh Circus Festival was born out of a desire to get closer to our listeners”, explains its creator Philippe Thévenet. The festival will feature ten or so artists under the main big top over 3 evenings, starting at 9pm. There will also be about 15 “off” sets from midday to 8pm, on restaurant terraces on the slopes, and after-ski events over 5 days.
“Rock the pistes” in Les Portes du Soleil
From 17th to 23rd March 2019
For the last 9 years, Rock The Pistes has lit up the Portes du Soleil slopes to the sound of concerts from the national and international pop rock scene. To sum up, the festival is: 5 major artists in concert on the slopes at 13h30 (concerts start at 12h30 with a warm-up DJ set) and 30 concerts during the afternoon in the heart of the resorts, featuring artists just emerging on to the international scene! This festival is unique in Europe and is accessible with your Ski Concert Pass, your magic key to a fabulous ski + music experience! Numerous well-known artists have in the past appeared on the slopes, such as Rag'n Bone Man, Selah Sue, Caravan Palace, Ben l'Oncle Soul, Shaka Ponk, Alice Merton…
“Snowboxx Festival” in Avoriaz
From 23rd to 30th March
Snowboxx is an electro music festival that blends together ski, concerts and after-ski! House, techno, drum & bass, garage, grime... Well into the early hours, lots of different sounds light up the after-ski sessions. Paintball, zorb bowling, snowball fights, disco dodgeball, karaoké and lots of other activities complete this incredible weekend, on top of the world… and slightly bonkers!
“Live in Tignes by Francofolies”
From 16th to 18th April 2019
The winter version of the famous “Francofolies de la Rochelle”, Live in Tignes By Francofolies this year offers three days of concerts that are 100% free, by leading artists of the moment from various musical genres. In 2018, BigFlo & Oli, L.E.J, Shaka Ponk and Catherine Ringer were amongst those who lit up the open-air stage. And the programme for 16th, 17th and 18th April 2019 promises to be just as mouth-watering.
“Jazz à Val Thorens”
“Jazz à Vienne” rises to new heights and lands in Europe’s highest ski resort, at an altitude of 2,300m, in April 2019. A programme 100% Jazz with notions of bossa-nova, soul, blues, hip-hop and funk... Concerts take place on terraces from 1pm in the afternoon to 2am in the morning, and in after-ski events. There will also be JazzMix, children’s entertainment, and 3 exceptional showcase concerts in the evening.
“E-wax Festival by Valmorel”NEW
12th-13th and 14th April 2019
The first edition of the E-WAX festival will take place in the heart of the Valmorel resort on 12th, 13th and 14th April 2019. Throughout the three days, and to mark the end of the season in style, the resort will be transformed into a giant dancefloor. Some stages will be in the resort itself, others higher up the slopes. Electronic music is on the agenda, in a new format concept where several different styles will be represented and brought to the fore.
“Risoul Music Festival”
From 11th to 15th March 2019
The second edition of the DJ festival in Risoul will feature a snow-front stage and will take place in the after-ski slot of 17h to 20h.