With about three weeks to go, the countdown has begun for one of the best new snow festivals in Europe – Horizon Festival in Bansko, Bulgaria. Now celebrating its second year, the festivities are promising to be bigger, better and more bassy than before, with a lineup proving that it’s found its feet and is raring to go. Heading the electronic/dance festival is the massive Kerri Chandler, with other names including the likes of Phaeleh (see our review of Tides for more info), Dub Phizix, Applebottom, Roy Davis Jr., Skeptical and many more.
There are plenty of other winter festivals around nowadays, with the biggest and most well known probably being the huge Snowbombing Festival in Austria. So understandably, it’s quite difficult to be the new kids on the block in this arena. But, somehow, Horizon has managed to stand their ground. The location boasts around 75km of ridable piste across TWO mountains (yes you read that right, two!), giving those who really want to shred some pow a chance to do so.
More often than not in ski resorts, the prices of everything known to man are extortionate, and everyone knows that alcohol is always more expensive at a festival anyway. Horizon claims that a pint of beer over on site costs the equivalent of £1.50. That’s probably cheaper than water. Not convinced yet? Well how about the price of the whole gig. Packages start at £199 for the wristbands WITH accommodation (excl. flights – but the website offers immaculate assistance on finding these via Skyscanner). These bundle packs can be purchased even cheaper when using the early bird option earlier in the year, with lift passes included and breakfast; one hotel even offers use of their spa facilities if you’re lucky enough to be a guest there. For a week long festival, you’d have to be insane to call that bad value for money. Reviews from last year gave it two massive thumbs up, and it’s set to be another huge year.
Horizon welcomes both skiers and snowboarders, with stages set up around the mountain so they are accessible during the day when you want a break from tearing it up. There’s even talk of secret stages that will have to be sought out once the festival begins, much like how Glastonbury here in the UK offers secret sets from unbilled artists.
You’ll be able to catch all the coverage right here at On Record Magazine, so make sure to check back and find out why you should be booking your ticket to next year already! For more information, check out the Horizon Festival website.