Relentless Freeze Festival 2011 review

Pulled Apart By Horses at Relentless Energy Drink Freeze Festival 2011 by Andy Squire
Pulled Apart By Horses at Relentless Energy Drink Freeze Festival 2011 by Andy Squire

Overall: 8/10

The Relentless Freeze Festival returns to Battersea for it’s fourth year, and as the UK’s only ski, snowboarding and music festival, it really is unique. Under the backdrop of the iconic landmark that is the Battersea Power Station, organisers go to extreme lengths to bring the world’s top freestyle skiers and snowboarders to London, building a ramp the size of 8 double decker buses, and shipping in over 500 tonnes of real snow to make this event something that is recognised worldwide as one of the sports top events.

Ticket holders are provided with a rare chance to witness first hand some of the breathtaking skills these riders have to offer, and the focus of the event has to be the International Big Air Competition and the World Cup Snowboarding finals that take place over the course of the two days. It’s a great way to feed the anticipation that many skiers and snowboarders have when a new season is upon them.

Complimenting that is a top class line-up of bands and DJs that aim to provide the same sort of energy and excitement that you’d expect at such a unique event, and the festival prides itself on picking up and coming acts from every genre of music to guarantee the crowds of people attending have something just for them.

This year’s line-up was as diverse as ever, with bands like the Rizzle Kicks (7/10) and the Dub Pistols (8/10) energising the Main Stage crowd on the Friday with their ska fused hip hop, beatboxing sensation Beardyman (9/10) showing what can be done with just a sampler and your vocal chords, and headliners Groove Armada (7/10) and The Streets (6/10) completing a schedule that would rival any of the similar sized music only festivals.

But it’s the numerous bar’s and tents dotted around the site that make you realise this festival is incredible value for money. With an Apres-Ski bar with DJs like A-Skillz (9/10) and The Beat Medikz pumping out party tunes all day, the Tuaca Lodge hosting some of the UKs most upfront DJs like Pimp Soul & Mooquee (9/10), you could be forgiven for getting so distracted by the music that you become oblivious to the main event that is taking place on the slopes.

The Relentless Energy Sessions Stage lives up to it’s name by hosting some of the harder acts, and names such as Pulled Apart By Horses (7/10), Dirtyphonics (8/10) and Modestep (8/10) complete a very rounded and very attractive schedule of music.

You can see why so many more people attended this year. By it’s very nature, this is a very cool event, and watching the crew digging up the snow with spades after the south-west-four-sw4-2009 have finished reiterates the effort the organisers go to put it on at all. They should be applauded. Let’s hope the success of this year’s Freeze means it will run for a long time to come, and it continues to offer this unique opportunity year after year.