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Top Music, Comedy, Entertainment Festivals in the Austrian Tirol
There was a time when ski resorts were all about, well skiing. As snowsports developed, the ski resorts evolved too, especially within the last decade, to bring popular culture and entertainment to the Alps in the form of festivals, music and comedy.
2012 Vans Wängl Tängl, Mayrhofen, 17th – 24th March 2012
Europe’s most prestigious snow and skate event, the VANS Wängl Tängl 2012, will celebrate its 10thanniversary this year bringing together a week of snowboard, skateboard and music highlights.
Looking Sideways@Wangl Tangl - This year sees a new pop-up art exhibition at the Europahaus, featuring 10 influential boardsport artists, organised by Looking Sideways. The interactive element to the event will create some original artwork and requires public participation online, both pre- and during the event. To take part, they need your eyes to make the graphics for a limited edition run of snowboards, with the chance of winning one of the boards. Take a photo of yourself and make sure the eyes are ‘looking sideways’. Email the image to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload it to the Looking Sideways Facebook page . Your eyes will be added to the live art piece, creating a big, beautiful mural. Looking Sideways artists will then work on the mural throughout the Wängl Tängl. Winners will be chosen at random to get their hands on an original limited edition snowboard.
Package: Crystal Ski (crystalski.co.uk;
W: www.wangltangl.com, www.wearelookingsideways.com, www.zillertal.at
Altitude Comedy Festival, Mayrhofen, 26th – 31st March 2012
The Altitude Comedy Festival will bring some of the top names in comedy such as Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle. Ed Byrne and Al Murray to the slopes of Mayrhofen this year. Previously an annual fix in Meribel, 2012 will be the first year for Mayrhofen to host it as standalone event, offering the perfect mix of skiing, comedy and music. To get your wristband book your Mayrhofen accommodation online at www.altitudefestival.com and tailor your package to suit you with coach travel, flights or lift passes as added extras. Alternatively book your Mayrhofen holiday through Inghams and add a wristband to your booking for £150.
Package: Inghams (020 8780 4477; www.inghams.co.uk)
T: Altitude Comedy Festival travel on 0845 331 3040 or Inghams on 020 8780 4477.
Gay Snow Happening, Sölden, 24th – 31st March 2012
Sölden will host the 13th Gay Snow Happening this March, as hundreds head to the Oetztal for a week of fun-packed skiing and partying. The varied programme of events include hut evenings at "Hühnersteign"
Package: 7 nights’ accommodation, including 6 day ski pass and entertainment programme plus event pass starts from €557 per person. Innsbruck is served by Easyjet (www.easyjet.com)
W: www.gaysnowhappening.com, www.soelden.com
Electric Mountain Festival, Sölden – 9th – 21st April 2012
Over in the Oetztal, Sölden will host a fantastic mix of music, mountains, snow and skiing over several weekends in April. Superstar DJ David Guetta will open the festival on 9th April on the world’s highest turntables at 2670m with the Rettenbach Glacier providing the unique backdrop. On 19th April, Dj Dany S, featuring Brit Tara McDonald performs at Sölden's Bierhimml. The ‘In Bed with Space Tour’ with DJ Kid Chris and Sua Amoa brings the real Ibiza feeling to the Alps on 20th April.
Package: 5 nights’ accommodation on B&B, including 4 day ski pass and admission to David Guetta starts from €448 per person. Innsbruck is served daily by Easyjet (www.easyjet.com)
Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, 9th - 14th April 2012
Famous for its adrenaline-fuelled snowboarding and crazy partying, the annual Snowbombing festival takes over the resort of Mayrhofen in April with leading DJs, club nights, live acts and snowboarders coming together for this ultimate event. This year the line-up includes Dizzee Rascal, Example, as well as Dj Shadow, Groove Armada Present Redlight, The Vaccines, Booka Shade (LIVE), Fatboy Slim's Street Party and many more.
Package: 5 nights’ accommodation on B&B at the 3* Hotel Kumbichlhof in Mayrhofen, including wristband starts from £379 per person. Innsbruck is served daily by Easyjet (www.easyjet.com)
The White Thrill, St Anton, 21st April 2012
This cult ski race includes a mass start with around 500 participants, a nine kilometre run with unprepared, natural pistes, 1,300 metres in altitude difference as well as a 150 metre ascent over 37 metres in altitude. And if you think that’s all, then you’re badly mistaken. Last but not least, a final obstacle awaits down in the valley, just before the finishing line – and crossing that line is all that counts.
Package: 7 nights’ accommodation on B&B, including 4 day ski pass starts from €329 per person from 14th – 21st April. To book call +43 5446 22690. Innsbruck is served daily by Easyjet (www.easyjet.com)
Latest snow report: Several resorts in the Austrian Tirol have received up to 50 cm fresh snow over the last few days, including St. Anton, Ischgl and Galtür, Serfaus-Fiss-
For more information on the region www.visittirol.co.uk.
For further information and images contact:
Becky Horton, Horton PR
Holger Gassler, Marketing UK, Tirol Tourist Board