In 2009 I went to London’s Freeze Festival at Battersea power station, which is a three day event in the midst of the power station, immersed with the eclectic feel of being on a mountain in a ski resort. This dynamic festival combines professionals on boards doing magnificent jumps and twists on a massive ski jump, bars and shops adorned with plush mountain lodge furniture, a variety of stages with fantastic artists and a cinema showing snow related films.
This festival is a hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of London city life and I would advise you all to visit, as this event serves as a gentle reminder that the nail bitingly cold winter months can actually be fun. It is a must visit for any who have a chalet in Val d’Isere, Whistler or Vermont, those who ski, board or just like to party apres ski style. In contrast to most festivals, here more is less. Make sure you drag your Roxy gear or furred gloves out from the back of the wardrobe for this one, I am sure here you can meet and mingle with potential skiing partners.
Grabbing a baileys and hot chocolate or iced shots of jager you can watch a variety of great artists at a number of different locations at the festival. The year we went, my friends and I saw Orbital, who I had never heard or seen of before. Seeing a pair of torch light glasses stare back at me on a dark staging, I was bemused and thought back to my GCSE Drama performance. Although at first a little odd, this made me really listen to the music that they played, which in turn, made me fully appreciate their performance. Looks can be deceiving, and after my first impression, I was blown away by their music which combined acid house, electronica, rave and mega techno, and quickly became a fan. After their set we saw Pendulum play, who are an Australian band that unusually, combined rock music and elements of jungle with drum and bass (and did it well). Being an avid fan of their music, we saw them at the barrier whilst being crushed by the mosh pit behind us and enjoyed every uncomfortable minute of it.
My favourite track of theirs: