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Who said that festivals can only be enjoyed in summer? Whether outside in the snow, in the city or indoors in a club, this winter you can attend countless music festivals and sport events across Europe. If you don’t fear the cold and hibernating is just not for you, this selection of the best winter events in Europe is sure to keep you on your toes:

I Love Techno

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An incredible festival for fans of techno music. This year’s attendees can look forward to live performances from Sven Vath, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Pendulum and many others.

Where: Perols, France
When: December 19, 2015
Price:  38,50€
Website: http://www.ilovetechnofrance.fr/

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The Brits

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The Brits is a week-long snow fest that attracts ski and snowboard enthusiasts from all over the world. This year the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary and promises 7 days of fun and excitement for beginners and experts alike – some of the activities on the programme include freestyle championships, reggae concerts, BBQ parties and DJ live music performances.

Where: Tignes, France
When: Between March and April
Price: From £290
Website: http://www.the-brits.com/

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Rock the Pistes

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Rock the Pistes lasts 5 days and takes place on the slopes of ​​Portes du Soleil, near the French-Swiss border. Performing bands include international artists such as Mad Professor (featuring Lee Scratch Perry and Horace Andy), the French metal group Mass Hysteria and soul singer Ben l’Oncle Soul. But wait, you still haven’t heard the good news – the concert is free of charge! The only thing you need to purchase is a ski pass.

Where: Portes du Soleil, France/Switzerland
When: 26-30 March, 2014
Price: All inclusive packages are available from €250
Website: http://www.rockthepistes.com/fcs.html

Snowbombing 2014

What better way to spend the winter than skiing or snowboarding on the Austrian slopes? After 15 years of success, this year’s Snowbombing festival promises yet again a very dynamic line-up, with performances from some of the most acclaimed international DJs and artists like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy.

Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
When: 7-12 April. 2014
Price: From £219
Website: http://www.snowbombing.com/

Altitude Comedy Festival

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Photo by Jamesthornemc via Instagram

Want to take a break from all the skiing and snowboarding? When you’re out on the Austrian slopes, you can stop and watch comedy shows at a number of locations in and around Mayrhofen. And even though this year’s programme has not been finalized yet, with comedian and snowboarder Andrew Maxwell running the show, we’re sure it will be a huge success!

Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
When: 31 March – 4  April, 2014
Price: £155
Website: http://www.altitudefestival.com/

Time Warp Holland

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Beats, design, lights, projections and over 30 international artists – Time Warp Holland brings you yet again the best of underground techno in Utrecht, Holland!

Where: Utrecht, Holland
When: 7 December, 2013
Price:  £ 40
Website: http://www.time-warp.de/holland

Snowboxx 2014

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Photo by albingranelli via Instagram

A week of skiing, snowboarding, outdoor festivities, and music in beautiful Andorra? Doesn’t sound too shabby! This is Snowboxx – a fantastic, affordable open-air winter event, set in a picturesque location.

Where: Arinsal, Andorra
When: 23 – 30 March, 2014
Price: From £199.99
Website: http://www.snowboxx.com/

Las Fallas

Every year Valencia celebrates the arrival of spring with the festival of Las Fallas, a 5 day event packed with magic, fireworks, traditional costumes, fire shows and parties. And best of all, it doesn’t cost a thing!

Where: Valencia, Spain
When: 15-19 March, 2014
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Website: http://www.fallas.com/

Horizon Festival

There’s nothing cheap about this festival…except the price! Enjoy a week of fun skiing down the Bulgarian mountains, attending private yoga classes, working out, relaxing and listening to live music performances.

Where: Bansko, Bulgaria
When: 8-14 March, 2014
Price:  £ 35 (with accommodation: £ 60)
Website: http://horizonfestival.net/line-up/

Doomsday Festival

For the Doomsday Festival on the 21st of December, the Antwerp Exhibition Hall will be transformed into a large nightclub that spreads over 4 floors. A fantastic indoor event for fans of electronic music, that should not be missed!

Where: Anversa, Belgium
When: 21 december, 2013
Price: £ 35 (with accommodation: £ 60)
Website: http://doomsday.be/

Magnetic Festival

The Magnetic Festival is another option for lovers of electronic music. If you’re looking for an adrenaline kick, this is the place to go!

Where: Prague, Czech Republic
When: 20-21 December, 2013
Price: £ 40
Website: http://magneticfestival.com/

Freeze

If you live in London, then this event is right up your alley…literarily! This time of year, Clapham Common turns into a winter wonderland, with a skiing and snowboarding slope, live music, a shopping village, and much, much more. Join in the winter fun!

Where: London, UK
When: 27 November – 1 December, 2013
Price: £ 60
Website: http://www.freezefestival.com/index.php

Sonar Festival Reykjavik 2014

Sónar is a great event that mixes music, film and video. If you’re attending this year’s event in Reykjavik, Iceland, you can look forward to audio-visual installations, multimedia workshops, DJ performances, electronic music parties, film projections and much more.

Where: Reykjavik, Iceland
When: 13-15 February, 2014
Price: £ 90
Website: http://sonarreykjavik.com/

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