2013 saw the arrival of a new major player on the snow festival scene in the shape of Horizon; A hedonistic, yet surprisingly affordable 6-day party that returns to Bansko, Bulgaria from 8-14th March 2014.
Horizon 2014 has already confirmed a jaw-dropping selection of industry and dance floor big hitters including Kerri Chandler, Âme, Andreya Triana, Roy Davis Jr. KiNK, CatzíNíDogz, Phaeleh, Dub Phizix, and dBridge. The names continue, with appearances from Snakehips, Enei, Applebottom fLako, Channel One, ViLLAGE, Planas and Geode displaying the breadth of music available across the week.
Horizon 2014 is set to retain their status as a forward thinking music festival, while offering a slightly broader spectrum from the dance genre including House, Techno, Garage, Bass & Groove. The line up embodies these genres; incorporating many trailblazers on the underground scene, as well as those rather more established acts who offer a nod to the heritage of dance music.
Not only are major artists lining up to play at Horizon but the industryís most prominent record labels and brands want a slice of the action too. Record label takeovers, showcase events & club partnerships have already been confirmed with the likes of MadTech Records, Electric Minds, Trouble Vision, tief, Pets Recordings, Vagabondz, HitíníRun and Pack London. Horizon 2014 is shaping up to be an electronic music loverís dream and the sheer weight of those looking to add their support to the festival says it all.
On top of this huge line up, Horizon 2014 will once again offer the best value snow festival around; Prices start at only £279pp for 6 days and nights of cutting edge electronic music across 30 incredible parties at 20 unique venues, 6 nights of accommodation with pool or spa use and 5-day ski pass with access to the whole mountain.
Thoughtful extras for Horizon 2014 include free daily yoga classes in Bansko, spa packages, discounted ski/snowboard lessons for festival-goers and a dedicated festival hotel (The Gardenia), bringing a 24hour element to the party. There are also pro snowboarder freestyle demonstrations at the newly erected snow park, The Bansko Banquet and further secret one-off parties to be announced.
The mountain itself is the perfect snowy playground for all abilities, with something for everyone in the terrain department, barely any lift queues & affordable hire prices. Opening the festival to all-comers, packages for non-skiing other halves include the ĎHorizon Festival Refresh & Revitalizeí Spa & Beauty package. All mountain stages are also accessible by bus.
Horizon 2014 sees two secluded mountain stages, located just off the piste, with staging and production attaining heights not seen last year. The Secret Hotel has a newly erected Snowboard Park with pro rider demos and trick tips throughout the day. Still the place to be for Après Ski, with music from 2pm everyday, festival-goers can ski into The Secret Hotel at any time to catch some slick tricks and good sounds.
A further mountain stage just off the piste, The Forest Stage, is a spectacular yet secluded arena that uses the surrounding snow to enhance the atmosphere and deepen the sound. New to 2014, The Forest Stage will have an eclectic selection of DJs and live acts from 2pm everyday. The atmosphere at both The Forest Stage & The Secret Hotel heats up throughout the afternoon, bringing a banging warehouse style party vibe (minus the walls) to the mountain later in the evening. You can ski into both mountain stages or get the bus up from town Ė itís up to you.
The party continues each night in town across 20 spectacular venues that include the Ibiza-like, multi level Euphoria, the Medieval Banquet Hall at The Gardenia, the cave-like Oxygen, disco ball heaven The Club and more. The music carries on until 6am, leaving just enough time to catch some zzzs before hitting the slopes all over again. No time for a hangover and certainly no place for one in the fresh mountain air.
Presenting a stunning backdrop to the festival, Bansko is located in the beautiful Pirin National Park mountain region in the South-West corner of Bulgaria. With a strong infrastructure for mountain sports, over 140 local restaurants, countless bars and clubs and an already established nightlife, Bansko provides a uniquely eclectic base for an urban festival. The friendly locals, reasonable prices, and lively atmosphere mean you can dip into the local scene any time for some serious wining & dining, home-grown music, vigorous dancing and traditional fun.
Bridging the gap between high-end ski festivals and a classic British festival; Horizon Festival guarantees 75kms of slopes at heights of 2,600m, no mud, no queues, affordable prices, and an incredible atmosphere. Think itís too good to be true? Come and see for yourself.