Music festivals have become big business in the mountains. There are no dozens and dozens of them, some run by independent companies, others by the resorts themselves, often a combination of the two.
For ski resorts the festivals care seen as good news as they bring in more people including some who wouldn’t normally visit a ski resort and they’re usually staged in quieter weeks at the start of end of the season.
Now Chamonix has announced it will partner with a major French summer festival to launch the first winter version of the event next April.
The first Musilac pop-rock festival in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc will take place from 19th – 21st April and the famous French resort is expecting 45,000 festival-goers to attend the three-day event.
Rag’n’Bone Man is one of the headline acts so far announced. The English singer-songwriter’s first hit single “Human” was released in 2016 and his debut album, also named Human, was released in February 2017, both becoming chart topping best sellers. At the 2017 Brit Awards he was named British Breakthrough Act and also received the Critics’ Choice Award.
Also on the bill are Scottish band Texas as well as Shaka Ponk, Beth Ditto and many more.
Tickets for the new Festival have just gone on sale, with the option to buy discounted Concert + Accommodation passes or even Concert + Accommodation + Ski passes. There is also flexibility as to whether you attend for one, two or three evenings of the festival.
Chamonix have organised an Electro Music Festival for some years, Chamonix Unlimited, and that’s still happening again this winter, taking place from 4th to 8th April, but the new Musilac Festival should be on an XXL scale by comparison
Chamonix have said that more bands will be announced on December 13th!