Snowbombing Festival announce new acts to line up

After an impressive first announcement, Snowbombing 2018 gets bigger and bigger with over 30 new names confirmed today for the Mayrhofen slopes next April.

Leading the charge is two of the most vital names in UK grime, AJ Tracey and Big Narstie. After spending 2017 honing his craft around the globe, AJ Tracey now sits as the next big superstar of British music. With a unique ability for lighting up crowds wherever he grabs the mic, his latest EP ‘Secure The Bag’ confirms his standing in the grime scene, teaming up with the likes of Craig David, 67 and JME for a defining statement in where he goes next. Big Narstie has become a true modern phenomenon, known throughout the mainstream world with his instantly recognisable voice becoming a beacon thousands flock to. The BDL leader will be dropping the big-time beats when he heads to Snowbombing 2018, for what’s sure to be a packed-out highlight of the week.

From to igloo raves and an underground tennis club, to a main stage in a forest clearing and pop-up parties in a butcher shop, Snowbombing know how to do things differently! This year, they’re pulling out all the stops for The Snowbombing Street Party. After taking Snowbombing 2016 by storm, the previously announced Craig David and his globally acclaimed TS5 takeover are back once again to headline, by popular demand. Joining the garage legend on the night, influential Radio 1 spinner Mistajam will be diving through his record collection, alongside fellow garage pioneer MJ Cole and ‘Would I Lie To You’ favourite John Gibbons. Now that’s you throw a street party…
Also announced today, continuing Snowbombing’s tradition for DJing excellence, is a huge batch of names and faces who’ll be playing across the seventeen unique stages and venues. This includes chart-smashing royalty Rudimental, electronic duo Gorgon City, eclectic Eats Everything, bass heavy My Nu Leng, Snowbombing friend and favourite Idris Elba, house weaver Richy Ahmed, heavy hitting wAFF and French mixer Jeremy Underground. Across genres, styles, moods and moments – Snowbombing offers a programme designed to light up the party no matter what hour of the day, or night, it is.  The week long event will also see further sets from Andrea Oliva, Huxley, DJ Hype, Heartless Crew, Friction, Barely Legal, Zinc and many more all primed to hit the slopes running with a soundtrack guaranteed to be massive.
Snowbombing wouldn’t be Snowbombing without the diverse mix of favourites and alternative entertainment all heading to Mayrhofen – and 2018 is no different. Rave-bingo spectacular Bongo’s Bingo will be an unmissable sight at this year’s festival – bringing their unique twist to the classic game bursting into life on the slopes. Get motivated in the only way possible with Mr Motivator who’ll be stretching out any aches or niggles you might have picked up the night before – whilst the ‘Fun Haus’ will be well and truly open for business where TV great Pat Sharp will return with a bang. The Dance-Off are back, with brand new games to get you pirouetting and gyrating – the perfect time to dust off those moves. The Provibers will ensure you get stuck into Chairlift Speed Dating, Cable Car Karaoke and a load of glitter based activity, whilst We Go Bang Bang will have you up on the table in your ski boots, belting out the words to all those classic hit ‘après-ski’ songs! There’s no doubt Snowbombing have got you covered, with new sights, sounds and experiences waiting around every corner.


MJ Cole said:
“⁠Very hyped to be performing again at Snowbombing 2018. The ultimate combination of two of my favourite pastimes – hurtling down mountains and playing music.”


My Nu Leng said:
“We are very excited to be back at Snowbombing in 2018 – one of our highlights each year!”


Huxley said:
‘I’ve got so much love for Snowbombing – the crowd, the team and the line ups always make it a highlight of the year for me.’


Heartless Crew said:
“We’re happy to be back shutting down Snowbombing for a second year running, the vibe was very on point last year and we’re looking forward to bringing soundsystem culture to the snow of Austria again”


DJ Zinc said:
“Snowbombing is the original and the best – something for every taste, with unique venues and the perfect crowd.”


Apexape said:
“We’re extremely excited to be back at  Snowbombing. One of the all time great festivals around.  It truly has to be experienced to be believed. 6 days of skiing, parties and Van Chou in one of the world’s best ski resorts imaginable”


DJ Ardi said:
“I can’t really wait to be back next year in Austria and playing for Snowbombing. It was a super incredible experience last year and I really appreciate it to be with such a wonderful team and play for beautiful people. I’m ready to get back to the festival and drop positivity and good vibes up in the mountains”


Hutch said:
“I always look forward to Snowbombing! One of the most crazy weeks of the year with the best gang. This will be my 6th year there and the vibes just get better and better! Hyped to be back for 2018 ????????”


On his return to Snowbombing, Mr Motivator said:
“My life becomes complete at each and every Snowbombing event! On the menu is always fun, excitement, good times, laughter, smiles, snow, music and great company. There is something for everyone, younger than 100, and if you don’t have a fab time at SB18 then you are boring. SayYeah”


Daddy Nature said:
“Massively excited to back at what has to one of the best festivals on the circuit for the 11th year in a row! Can’t wait to get back up into the mountains and represent at Rompa’s Reggae Shack playing the sweet sounds of reggae, dub, dancehall and of course; jungle. It’s going to be another epic year with the Rompa’s Reggae Shack family. Don’t forget, music is a mission, not a competition.”


Nicola Bear said:
“Looking forward to being involved and seeing what everyone has been raving about- literally!”


Snowbombing legend Pat Sharp said:
“I can’t wait to return to the Austrian Fun Haus in the mountains and play my party DJ sets on both the opening and closing nights of Snowbombing 18…….. come along and take the piste, satisfaction guaranteed :)”


These names join a staggering bill of heavy hitting favourites and of course the iconic voice of Liam Gallagher for his Snowbombing debut. Reformed drum and bass legends Pendulum return with a dive through their incredible and visceral live show, whilst grime originator Dizzee Rascal gears up for a ‘Bonkers’ journey as the ultimate party-starter for a ‘Holiday’ under Austrian skies. With further sets from the likes of Bicep, DJ EZ, Jackmaster, Wilkinson, Skream, Dusky, David Rodigan, Jax Jones, Artwork, Heidi, Disciples, Mall Grab, Flava D, Alan Fitzpatrick, Redlight, Monki and many more – there’s an avalanche of moments you won’t want to miss at Snowbombing 2018!
Snowbombing provides the chance to party in unique locations including the Forest Stage, The Racket Club, The Pool Party and more, not to mention the Spas & Saunas, Paragliding, Chairlift Speed-Dating, Cable Car-aoke, Alpine Yoga, Cable Car Raves, Ride & Seek, an award-winning Snow Park, Musical Bingo and The Snolympics. Visitors can eat authentic Austrian cuisine in the well-known, delicious restaurants, ride in style in Snow Limos or see the incredible sights of Mayrhofen from the skies whilst trying paragliding, all with the opportunity to stay in incredible accommodation! From 5* spa luxury hotels with rooftop jacuzzis, chalets, pensions and apartments in the heart of central Mayrhofen, to pocket friendly self-catered apartments and cheaper options in the surrounding Zillertal Valley, Snowbombing has something for everyone.
Serious skiers and beginner boarders alike are all encouraged to hit the slopes with 650km of piste and the 78° gradients of Austria’s steepest slope The Harikiri (the steepest slope in Europe) is on hand for those feeling adventurous, plus lessons and plenty of beginner-friendly slopes to get to grips with for first timers. Black runs, blue runs, beer runs – there’s something for all abilities on Mayrhofen’s powdery peak district. Snowbombing has truly redefined winter sports holidays and shown what the ultimate alpine music festival looks and sounds like.




AJ Tracey
Big Narstie
Rudimental DJ Set
Gorgon City DJ Set
Eats Everything
My Nu Leng
Idris Elba
Richy Ahmed
Jeremy Underground
Andrea Oliva
MJ Cole
Heartless Crew
Barely Legal
DJ Hype
Uncle Dugs


John Gibbons
DJ Ardi
Daddy Nature
Nicola Bear
Boots & Kats


Bongos Bingo
Mr Motivator
Pat Sharp
We Go Bang Bang
The Provibers
The Dance-Off




Explain Snowbombing? Where to start… Mayrhofen, Austria, that’s where. Up a massive mountain 8,497 FT above ordinary! The finest ski resort in Europe, sprinkled with world class acts, insane venues (think Igloo rave, enchanted forest party, tennis club turned super club). Blue runs, black runs, beer runs. More? Add Mr. Motivator, throw in a pool party, a celebrity butcher named ‘Hans’, whack a luxury jacuzzi on every other rooftop, stand back and survey the majesty. If it’s good enough for Mr. Motivator, it’s good enough for you. As Fatboy Slim brilliantly said: “there’s no shared experience in the world as mental as this”.
Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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