Snowboxx Festival Goes Ahead But Without Big Name Acts

Patrick Thorne

06 Mar 20

Following the cancellation of two of the biggest music festivals in the Alps announced yesterday (Tommorrowland Winter and Rock The Pistes) the smaller Snowboxx Festival in Avoriaz has issued a statement saying that the festival will still be happening – but in a reduced version with most of the main acts cancelled.  Those booked to go will get an 80% rebate on the wrist band price.

“On the advice of the French authorities, we have been asked to reorganise the schedule of the music events taking place at Snowboxx due to the current Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak. This will involve the performances of Annie Mac, Andy C, DJ EZ and The Sugarhill Gang no longer going ahead this year. ​The rest of the festival programme is intended to go ahead as planned,” the statement reads, continuing,

“This exceptional decision is completely out of our control and it has been enforced by the issuer of the license to our main stage area under the advice of the French authorities, despite the resort being expected to operate as usual and host thousands of people over the next few weeks. For the avoidance of doubt, the rest of the festival programme is intended to go ahead as planned. This includes skiing, music events in Avoriaz venues, as well as bottomless brunches, games and off-piste activities.”

​“We understand some will be disappointed, we all are, but Snowboxx is first and foremost a ski holiday and we still have plenty of fun lined up for our annual reunion in the Alps.”

The festival’s organisers say that as a gesture of goodwill, they will be offering refunds of 80% of the festival wristband cost. They say this represents a significantly higher amount than the value of the performances postponed.  Festival goers can choose to get this amount refunded or discounted from a Snowboxx 2021 package.

“The ski area of Portes du Soleil will be operating as normal, just like all other ski resorts in France. Restaurants, bars, clubs, supermarkets and other businesses in Avoriaz, and most cities around the world, are open as usual and people continue to attend these spaces daily,​” the organisers add, asking festival goers to be patient on any delays when trying to communicate with them at this busy time.