by Hope Wisechild
Winter is the season for festivals combining snowsport with music. There are plenty to choose from this year, with the cream of the resort weekends happening in March and April. But if admiring your tickets and waxing your board is not quite enough to keep you entertained until then, there are a few city events on offer this month to get you in the mood.
Fridge Budapest and Fridge Vienna
The original Fridge snowsport and music weekends took place in Budapest. After an involuntary hiatus it’s back for 2103, now split into two with a wider range of winter sports and even more attitude.
The city’s 22nd annual Snow Show at the HungExpo centre, open to the public between 21-24 November, will this year host Fridge. Festival-goers will get a chance to browse the latest winter sports gear, travel stalls and an exhibition celebrating 100 years of skiing in Hungary as well as enjoying the country’s first ever international freestyle snowmobile jumping competition. There will be opportunities to try ice skating or ride a snow segway.
Mulled wine and delicious local winter food will create a cosy, ski-lodge vibe, and on the Friday a ticketed music arena organised by local summer festival Sziget hosts a world-class bill featuring Pendulum and Grandmaster Flash plus a showcase of local musicians and a stage curated by Hungarian streetwear label BP.
Meanwhile, a new two-day Austrian incarnation, Fridge Vienna, presented by PULS4 TV, will be happening the same weekend on Danube island. Saturday will feature an international snowboarding competition interspersed with music from Example and Dub FX, plus an all-night party arena starring 2ManyDJs. Sunday’s music, including The Prodigy and Freestylers, will be arranged around freestyle ski jumping and topped off with a house and dubstep party. Its innovative new contactless payment facilities will make it Austria’s first ‘cashless’ festival.
Day and weekend tickets are available. What better excuse to spend a weekend in pretty Vienna with its world-famous fairytale Christmas markets and tempting seasonal food and drink?
Freeze London 2013
If you don’t have the time or funds to travel to Europe, you’re in luck. Freeze festival, formerly at Battersea Power Station, is set to arrive at Clapham Common on 27 November in association with Metro. It also hosts international skiing and snowboarding competitions and will pit our home grown talent against the best in the world in its own Battle of Britain.
During the week you can sample authentic Alpine food, enjoy star DJs at ‘apres ski’ bars, watch snowsport movies and wander a Bavarian Haus shopping village generally getting in the mood for a weekend of competition sports and live acts including AlunaGeorge (pictured), Toddla T, Cuban Brothers, MJ Cole and Idris Elba. You can buy a season ticket for Thursday to Sunday, or just pay for the main Saturday. All this, and the Northern Line home.