In recent years, the use of dance as an expression of enjoyment has diminished, and its use as a necessity for keeping warm has become far more apparent. The cold weather has not numbed peoples desire to party and the winter festival is more popular than ever. Here at Future Disco we’ve selected our five favourite festivals from the Northern hemisphere this winter. 1. Snowboxx (21.03 - 28.03)
Snowboxx arrives back for 2015 in mid-March, on the welcoming slopes of Alpe D’huex. On the dominating main stage overlooking the town, some huge acts decend each night of the week, including: 2 Many DJs, Jungle, Horse Meat Disco, Eton Messy, TCTS. With an outstandingly valued ticket at £229+, your accommodation, lift pass and festival ticket is all taken care of, leaving you just to concentrate on soaking up the great performances and unique atmosphere. After a day cruising the pistes and getting down to the great headliners, be sure to scout out the bars and clubs around town, and if you’re lucky, you’ll walk in on our Future Disco DJs.
2. Bloc (13.03 - 15.03)
On the middle weekend of March, thousands will descend on the famed family holiday destination, Butlins, in Somerset. With the line-up including around 100 artists, this is sure to be a nonstop musical onslaught, which we highly approve of. From such a wide selection to chose from, we’ll try to whittle it down to the essentials: With a very limited backlog of releases, Jackmaster is one of the few DJs who is quintessentially a DJ, letting his skills speak for themselves. The combination of Midland & Joy Orbison (B2B) is a dangerous one, both with such unique standalone successes their combined set will not be one to miss. And, finally, the Detroit born-&-bred producer, Moodymann, who, obviously, is a must see in our eyes.
3. Sonar Reykjavic (12.02 - 14.02)
Sonar Reykjavik boasts one of the most varied lineups this Winter. From the apparent headliner, Skrillex, to some of the finest names in techno, such as Nina Kraviz, to PC music’s legend, SOPHIE, and some disco vibes from Todd Terje, It seems Sonar have done a spectacular job at providing a bit of something for everyone. These acts are just a few in an extensive list of artists to fill the Harpa venue on the 12th February. If you’ve ever thought about visiting the remote island of Iceland let this be the deciding reason for it.
4. Igloofest (16.01 - 08.02)
Igloofest is a quad-weekend festival, spanning from 16th January to 8th February. In the frosty, french surroundings of Montreal, three reputable acts from the world of tech-house and techno go in on the mainest of stages. Acts including Midland, Paul Woolford, M.A.N.D.Y, Blond:ish and Kölsch to mention just a few. This festival is the epitome of a winter festival, as people wrap up warm and brave the outdoors until the early hours.
5. Weather Winter (21.02)
On 21st February, somewhere in Paris, an array of huge names in techno will take to the decks. Bringing summer vibes to a secret location in paris is the tag line of this unique festival. This year, the two legendary headliners are, France’s own, Laurent Garnier and, Detroit techno character, Derrick May. Although it may not feel the most wintery of winter festivals, as its due to be held in an “industrial shed”, it is still undoubtedly one of finest line-ups on the continent this Winter.