Ski’s, E’s and Jagermeister
The most exhilarating week of your clubbing life? Ibiza and Miami can take it out of you on the dancefloor, but is there a better way to spend seven days whizzing down the snow by day and then jumping around to some of the best DJs and live artists by night – and then doing it all again the next day? ‘Snowbombing’ is magical. Old faces from all over the world going apeshit together, sunshine all day long, great clubs splattered around Austria’s Mayrhofen alpine resort, jacuzzi parties and quite simply, an event not to be missed. I had a ball. I finally decided snowboarding is not for me, as I suppose John McClure from Reverend and The Makers found out after breaking his collar bone whilst skiing. Ouch. Funniest moment of my time on the piste? Catching Jade Jagger peeing in the snow, not once, but twice. Fatboy Slim DJing in The Igloo, amazing. Standing next to the promoter Kirk Field as he was about to go on, he said “Norman, it’s not exactly the Manumission toilets in Ibiza where we put you on once, but we do our best.” To which he replied, “No Kirk, but the stuff that’s dripping off the ceiling here is better than there…” Classic. He opened his set with Amy Winehouse’s ‘Rehab’ – so apt, and closed with a mish mash of ‘Rockafeller Skank’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’. You had to be there. My highlight? De La Soul playing live up in the forest, moments like that you can’t buy for love or money. Southern Fried Records were everywhere, Caged Baby – you rocked, as did 2many DJs in The Arena club, the visuals and sounds took it away. The street party was, as always, fabulous, nothing like dancing outside with snow everywhere with a cold beer in your hand and cool tunes with 4000 people. Harry Peters from The Cuban Brothers unveiled what is surely the World Cup song of the Summer ‘The Mighty England’ – you’ll love it and hear it all Summer long. The Whip played their first acoustic set on top of the mountain, brilliant. Then there was the cable car moment which involved The Libertines and Reverend and The Makers skinning up sitting next to the entire editorial staff from the NME when all of a sudden the cable car started to shake violently, at which point one of the NME crew said, “sod it, it’ll make a great front cover if we go down.”
‘Snowbombing’ we love you.