About This Festival
Snowbombing keeps it fresh. Up-and-coming artists mix with pioneers of the music scene to present an eclectic lineup that’s ever-changing. The white-powdered snow gleams as festival goers boogie in the town of Mayrhofen in Austria, back-dropped with panoramic snow-covered plateaus, fragrant pine forests, crisp clean air and gorgeous alpine peaks. One moment, you’ll find yourself relaxing in one of its many saunas, and the next moment, you may be deep in a sweaty crowd dancing to the music. This smaller festival allows for convenient movement through the crowds and across the stages – or venues, as they call them. A quick glide to an adjacent venue might land you in the forest where surrounding shacks are transformed into pine-cradled platforms that host some of the world’s biggest artists.
Snowbombing parties happen in unexpected places, from sky-high igloo parties to open-air forest raves and backcountry lumberjack parties.
The Racket Club hosts the headliners of the festival in an underground tennis center. It’s the place to be if you want to catch the best of the best, but there is a capacity at 2,500, so make sure you’re there early to secure enough elbow and shuffle room.
The Arctic Igloo whisks bombers atop the mountain to dance amidst the stars. Lounge on fur rugs near the bonfire or relieve stress at the ice bars.
The Forest Party evokes an Electric Forest-esque atmosphere, but in the mountains. The Waldfestplatz is a raver’s sanctuary surrounded by tall pines that shield against the cold wind. The forest has played host to The Prodigy, Kasabian, Disclosure, Example and many more.
The Podcast Pyramid is an iconic gourmet restaurant and party venue with gorgeous panoramic views at 2,000+ feet. It’s shaped like a pyramid, naturally, and serves delectable food locally sourced from the owners’ own farm in the valley.
Bars and shacks are transformed into smaller venues, making them convenient places to indulge in intimate settings. Mo’s Bar, Sports Bar and Ice Bar are just a few places in the alpine village where you can escape the cold, refuel with appetizing bites and cocktails and cash in on the fun.
Over 100 artists perform at Mayrhofen, dropping the sickest beats any festival goer would enjoy. But one of the best things about Snowbombing is its presentation of live music acts – and there are plenty of them to go around. Originally an electronic dance music-themed festival, Snowbombing added live acts to the bill in 2008. Rudimental, Basement Jaxx, Wilkinson and Gorgon City are just a few of the artists who have traded in their USB drives for guitars, keyboards and drums.
Oh, You Fancy Huh?
Don your best festival costume for Snowbombing’s Street Party, a mid-afternoon, fancy dress party that begins after a morning of shredding. Funky colorful costumes are highly encouraged for this exciting congregation. The 2015 theme was "Into The Wild," resulting in a deluge of animals going ham in the mountains. When do you ever get to see a giraffe in the snow? At Snowbombing crazy instances like this are a common sight. At The Street Party of course, because of its anything-goes vibe. Past themes include Superhero Road Trip, Let’s Get Physical Back Country Party, Mardi Gras and The Royal Wedding.
Ride and Seek
Ride & Seek is Snowbombing’s three-day ski and snowboarding competition where pro athletes compete for the Snowbombing title. Pro riders compete in Penken Park’s infamous bordercross course, flaunting their best tricks and flips to achieve high scores while entertaining the 'bombers as they sip on schnapps and dance to the DJ’s beats.
Snowbombing has the whole package: Skiing or snowboarding in one of Europe’s finest ski areas, unwinding in luxurious spas in the Austrian Alps, carousing in a multitude of themed parties with performers and artists alike, and experiencing the exhilarating natural beauty that can only be found in the mountains.
Artists who have appeared at Snowbombing include Adam Beyer, Aim, Dave Robertson, Claude von Stroke, Clive Henry, Disclosure, Doo Bomp, First Rate, Heartbreak, Para One, The Prodigy, Ritchy Pitch, The View, Urban Nerds, Example, Tinie Tempah and Pendulum.