Published: 26/01/2016 16:32 - Updated: 27/01/2016 09:59

Groove Cairngorm finds a home

Badaguish outdoor centre will host Scotland's first snowsports festival in March.
Badaguish outdoor centre will host Scotland's first snowsports festival in March.

GROOVE Cairngorm, the UK’s first snowsports festival, has revealed the home of its après-ski element as Badaguish Outdoor Centre near Aviemore.

"Badaguish is a magical spot hidden in the woods halfway between the town of Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain," Sam Barker, one of the festivals organisers, said.

"We really wanted to make sure that we found the perfect space to host the musical acts in the evening, and are confident that this is it."

"Not only that, but we are proud to be supporting a wonderful local charity who do fantastic work helping children and adults with learning disabilities to learn new skills and explore the outdoors."

Free shuttle busses will be provided for festival goers between Aviemore and the Cairngorm mountain for the snowsports during the day along with free shuttle bus transport from the mountain and Aviemore to and from Badaguish.

Shuttle busses will also be operating between Inverness and Badaguish for those who want to attend the music element only. These will depart Inverness from 3pm and return from Badaguish at 1am each day costing just £15 for a return bus ticket.

The festival, which will take place over the weekend of March 11 and 12, has already announces the headliners for the après-ski as legendary hip-hop DJ Grandmaster Flash and Scotland’s own Hot Chip.

Also appearing are The Cuban Brothers, DJ Yoda, Glasgow synth pop act Prides, The LaFontaines, BBC Radio 1/1Xtra’s DJ Monki, Eton Messy, Skye’s Niteworks, Scottish Alternative Music Award winner Spring Break, and MG Alba Scots Trad Up and Coming Act of the Year 2014, The Elephant Sessions.

The line-up for artists on the mountain will be released over the next couple of months and will feature a mixture of DJs and acoustic acts performing on the slopes, at the park, and in the highest restaurant in the UK, The Ptarmigan.

As well as regular snowsports, the event takes place over the same weekend as the Scottish Freestyle Championships featuring some of the country’s leading snowsports competitors.

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