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Heat Up Your Blood: The Best Winter Festivals Around the World

The summer is gone, it’s cold and it’s snowing, you had to put away your bathing suit, no more cocktails in the sunshine… so what? You can still keep the party going at these cool festivals all over the world! For some, you may even have to dig out your swimsuits 

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Horizon Festival, Bansko, Bulgaria

Located in a Bugarian ski resort, you just know that this party marathon is going to be epic. Let’s have a look at the specifics: 120 international DJs, secret parties, champagne bar, bowling arena, endless ski slopes, a music lab, mountain stages, thermal pool raves and the best of all: flash-mob ski-downs! All this in an abandoned hotel to spice up the whole thing even further. Your Honor, I rest my case.

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Rise Festival, Les Deux Alpes, France

Rise up and party right on top of the world! This winter festival is icy-cool: with well-known performers such as Sigma LIVE and Eton Messy, an ice disco, a German Beer Market and a ridiculously awesome ugly Christmas sweater day, these few days will be exactly what you hoped for. Ski or snowboard during the day (well, at least for a couple of hours,) and then slide in for the booze-filled après ski parties!

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Timbrrr!, Leavenworth, United States

Brrr, this is going to be a hipster’s winter paradise! In January 2016, the already famous Timber Festival’s colder sibling, Timbrrr! is going to give you the chills, but in a positive way. Set in the beautiful mountains of Washington state, this U.S. venue will enable you to be close to nature, listen to an eclectic array of music genres, and meet likeminded hipsters.

timbrr music winter festival

Where’s The Music?, Norrköping, Sweden

Where is it? indeed. Well, the organizers of this rock’n’roll affair might say: “Silly you, it’s right beside Stockholm!” Now you know. This winter festival, however, is not only about going crazy on concerts – there will also be speakers, interesting meetings and heated debates regarding the Swedish and International music industry. In other words, this music festival will not only be great for your soul – it’ll satisfy your mind’s needs, too!

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Tallinn Music Week, Tallinn, Estonia

For this, you aren’t going to have to freeze to death, because the whole thing will be held inside! The Tallinn Music Week will also feature a conference about the international and local music industry, and visitors will be able to enjoy an incredibly large number of music genres: classical, dance, metal and hiphop will all be on the menu at this festival during which you’ll be able to party with 20,000 other party-animals!

tallin music week winter festival

By:Larm, Oslo, Norway

Similarly to its Swedish cousin, this winter festival will take care of your music savvy, too: they have organized a conference on all the Nordic innovations regarding music. It’ll be the melting pot of all things fun, music and inspiration. The organizers have stepped their game up on the music front, too: you’ll be able to listen and dance to the best that the Nordic underground scene has to offer.

by-larm winter festival

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Melbourne, Australia

Don’t be tricked by this one location – St. Jerome’s winter fest has many more locations, like Singapore, Sydney, Auckland, Detroit and Adelaide, just to mention a few. In February 2016, Melbourne will see a gigantic venue, with an equally colossal amount of performers from all over the world. The main attributes of these artists? Fresh, modern, cool and unique. Fascinating musical role models like Flume and CHVRCHES will be providing the sound that you need to let go and go insane.


Eurosonic Noordeslag, Groningen, Netherlands

From January 13-16, you’ll be able to bear witness to a line-up so impressive, that artists just keep on begging to be added to it. Don’t be surprised if the names you see here will end up in the line-up later in the year at some of the biggest music festivals in Europe. The Dutch have done a great job at sophistically selecting the bands. In keeping with the tradition of festivals “up North,” this Holland fest will also be a hotspot of an intriguing conference about everything relating to music.

eurosonic winter festival

Rio Music Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As a part of the Rio Music Conference, the Carnival will be one of the biggest electronic music festivals, taking place in February 2016. Good news: you’ll be able strut around in your bathing suit again. Even better news: you can expect major headliners, because in 2015, they had magicians like Showtek, Alesso, Tiësto and Afrojack! As a plus, you’ll be partying with many thousands of people while sipping cocktails and parading in a turmoil of color. The Rio Music Carnival has never disappointed, and it’s not going to start now.

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Wonderfruit, Pattaya, Thailand

Another place where you’ll need nothing more than a swimsuit and a credit card, this Thailand festival is going to be as diverse and wonderful like a winter wonderland. Arts, music, discussions, workshops and feasts await you if you decide to join. Expect a chill-out environment, surrounded by a botanical Eden, equipped with everything that you need to be able to stay comfy. Wonderfruit will be an international meeting point for everyone who appreciates nature, music and arts (and FOOD, of course.)

Wonderfruit winter festival pattaya thailand

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