The Rock The Pistes Festival is returning to the Portes Du Soleil for it’s eighth year between the eighteenth and twenty fourth of March. With five free concerts on the mountains of the Portes Du Soleil, and over fifty apres music events in the various towns of the ski area, the Rock The Pistes festival brings live music to a unique environment. Over twenty eight thousand festival goers take to the slopes throughout the week to enjoy live music right on the pistes.
The bands play at one thirty PM, allowing plenty of time to get home. There are also two days of treasure hunts with seventeen markers hidden around the ski area.
The festival kicks off on Sunday the eighteenth on the slopes of Chatel with a performance by Stephan Eicher. Eicher is a Swiss singer who has been performing for over forty years and enjoyed chart success throughout Europe, with numerous albums and singles to his name.
On Monday the nineteenth Alice Merton will be performing on the pistes in Champery/Les Crosets. Merton is an Anglo German singer whose first album will be released by Sony Records this month.
The Horrors play Morzine – Les Gets, at the top of the Belvedere lift on the Pleney, on Thursday the twenty second. The band released their fifth album, the appropriately titled V last year, and all five of their albums have broken into the UK top forty. They are perhaps the most well known act performing a the festival this year. Their sound has moved away from their garage rock roots to a more electronic sound on their latest album.
On Friday the twenty third Oscar And The Wolf will perform in Avoriaz. Oscar And The Wolf is the stage name of Belgian performer Max Colombie. Colombie could be even more well known than The Horrors, filling twenty thousand capacity venues in Belgium as well as headlining last year’s Pukkelpop festival and supporting Muse at the Lowlands festival in 2016. His second album, Infinity, came out last year.
FFF, which stands for Federation Francaise De Funk, will close the festival on Saturday the twenty fourth. With four albums to their name they have been described as the “funk masters” by American icon George Clinton.
As well as these concerts there are plenty of apres events in the evening in resort. From DJs to solo singers to bands there should be something to please all tastes.