Snowbombing 2013 review

'The complete Austrian wunderland'

Photographer: Virtual FestivalsChris Swindells on 12 April 2013

Snowbombing is an endurance event. A triathlon of Winter Olympic proportions: slopes in the morning, drinks in the afternoon and dancing all night long. Set in the resort of Austria’s Mayrhofen - a once quiet, rustic and charmed village which, for the one week, becomes a hospitable playground of noise, hedonism and excess. Where roughly 5,000 thrill seekers and bass junkies can score slopes in the day and the latest electronic and live sounds at night.

From the Mardi Gras Street Carnival to the Rompa's Reggae Shack, you're guaranteed colour if not perfect sun through the week.

For 2013 the big bang headliner for your buck is Kasabian (10/10) and the Leicester lads don't disappoint, playing two shows, both far smaller than anything they've played in years. By Wednesday evening the psych-rock four piece have ascended the slopes for a Barclaycard Arctic Disco set at 2,000 feet up. They challenge the conditions, rapidly falling below freezing, with a short acoustic set. Then on Friday it's a simple exercise in plugging in and turning up the dials for a show deep in the Austrian forests, complete with Supertramp cover, fireworks and an explosive finale with signature single 'Fire'.


Under cover of a roof Seth Troxler (8/10) is turning rhythm into gold, bass into precious metal and methodically paces his alchemist set to keep Mayrhofen hot for the duration. To see Troxler followed by Maceo Plex in what can best be described as an Austrian tavern, complete with oak beams, bar and pole dancing cage, is disorientating in almost every sense.

Old Snowbombing favourite Toddla T (9/10) has carted his sound system back and even invited hype man MC Serocee for a late night bonanza in Arena. It’s Caribbean and jungle so fresh it might have been squeezed from the fruit on site. The Sheffield-produced prodigy pulls no punches, dropping 'Bring It Back' from his acclaimed LP 'Watch Me Dance' and letting the good vibes flow.


DJ Yoda (7/10) treads some old territory in his set, channelling the voices of Charlie Sheen and Peter Griffin, with a clairaudience session where nothing is off the radar. A little like reading from the Mash-up for Dummies rulebook, each chart floor filler and cult classic is rewarding when so much audio and visual manipulation give them a contemporary charm.

Hot ticket duo Disclosure (9/10) sew up the Racket Club whilst A-Skillz (9/10) is playing with his sampler down the road. Dropping everything through a nostalgia prism it's tight and fast play listening that brings breakbeat back to the fore on a night that sees Stanton Warriors and Krafty Kuts take the floor.

The festival is fuelled by EDM and comes alive in such a bijou setting, as it is, complete with many token off-piste distractions. No more off-piste than Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, one time British ski jumping record holder and Olympic competitor, on hand to guide the intermediate skier down the mountainside with lessons each morning. Mayrhofen certainly offers enough in winter powdery choice too. 157km of slopes, 48 lifts across the two opposing mountain sides, and Austria's steepest slope, The Harakiri, boasting an incline of 78 percent.

Snowbombing is as addictive as ever. Five full days of feverish excitement around every corner, down every slope and in every venue of this Austrian wunderland.

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