HIP-hop legend Grandmaster Flash will headline Groove CairnGorm – the first resort based Snowsports Festival to take place on British snow – next March.
The festival, which will take place over the weekend of the 11th to 13th March, will be hosted in conjunction with Cairngorm Mountain Ltd, in Aviemore.
As well as regular snowsports, the event takes place over the same weekend as the Scottish Freestyle Championships, so expect to see some of the UK’s top riders.
Following the snowsports and entertainment each day up on the mountain, there will be après-ski with live music and world class DJs until the early hours on Friday and Saturday in a big top in Aviemore.
Joining the pioneering hip-hop DJ in Aviemore will be Hot Chip, who will be playing a DJ set;
The Cuban Brothers;
Glasgow synth pop act Prides;
BBC Radio 1/1Xtra‘s DJ Monk;
Eton Messy, who are regarded as one of the digital leaders in electronic music;
Skye’s Niteworks with their fusion of electronic and traditional sounds;
fellow Highlanders and winners of the Scottish Alternative Music Awards Best Hip-hop Group, Spring Break;
and MG Alba Up and Coming Act of the Year 2014, The Elephant Sessions.
The daytime 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.
The festival is being launched by the team behind Groove Loch Ness, which enjoyed a successful launch event at Loch Ness this summer.
"We’re bringing snowsports back to their spiritual home," Sam Barker, one of the Groove founders, stated.
"After the success of the inaugural Groove Loch Ness this summer, we just couldn’t wait a whole year for our next party, and we are very excited to be partnering with Cairngorm Mountain to be delivering this unique event in the UK’s festival calendar.
"Cairngorm mountain has been given a facelift since it was taken over by Natural Retreats in 2014. The endless work they have been doing in the summer months has a huge impact on the conditions in Winters, which stay better for longer. We want to celebrate that and give snow riders the opportunity to enjoy a snowsports festival weekend on home snow, that doesn’t break the bank."
Tickets go on sale Friday 27th November at 10am, available from www.skiddle.com