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Australia’s “coolest” festival
A winter trip to the snow is a treat at the best of times. Throw in a music festival as well, and you've got the makings of one awesome long weekend. The Perisher Peak Festival celebrates the start of the snow season and the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Running from 10-13 June 2016, the Festival is an unmissable event for skiing and boarding enthusiasts who love their music.
Enjoy the unique sounds of 35 artists at the Perisher Peak Festival. Image from Peak Festival Facebook page
Artists: This year the Festival will host a solid line-up of over 35 artists and 120 performances across 10 live stages.
Artists include: Matiu Te Huki, Ngaiire, Oka, Tinpan Orange, Allensworth, Remi, A French Butler Called Smith, Azadoota, Benny D Williams, Big Erle, The Button Collective, Carol Heuchan, The Con Artists, Drugstore Dixie, Enda Kenny, Felicity Lawless, Fresh Off the Boat, Glenn Bidmead, Greshka, The Hip Replacements, The Humphreys, Jordan C Thomas Band, Jordan McRobbie, Jukes, Lagoon Hill Zydeco, The Martins, Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen, The Morrisons, The Protesters, Satin Rose, The Settlement, Stardust, Taylor, Zumpa, and more.
Festival passes: Passes can be purchased online (for great savings), or from the Ticket Office in the Perisher Ski Tube Terminal at the Festival. You will need to wear a wristband for entry to all events. If you purchase your pass online, be sure to bring a print-out of your email with invoice/receipt and your credit card to the festival office at Perisher Valley Ski Tube Terminal to collect your wristband. Day, evening and 4-Day festival passes are available.
Where to stay: There are a number of festival accommodation packages available throughout Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega for the weekend. Many of these properties are also Festival venues. Prices start from $327. Other accommodation options are available in Jindabyne (30kms away) and a bus will run from Jindabyne to the Festival over the long weekend. Check out the list of accommodation available here.
Parking: If you're staying overnight, parking at the Perisher Skitube Terminal down the hill at Bullocks Flat is recommended. There is ample parking and the train will be running on its early season schedule. Check online for train schedule and ticket prices. Day parking is available in Perisher Valley. Depending on the weather, limited overnight parking may also be allowed in Smiggin Holes. All 2WD cars must carry snowchains in the National Park.
Get dressed up for the occasion: Don't forget, this is "Australia's Coolest Festival". Whilst all festival venues are indoors, the outside temperatures may be zero or below, so warm clothing such as a weatherproof jacket, hat, gloves and waterproof footwear or boots are essential when moving between venues.
Will there be snow? The start of the snow season is notoriously unpredictable, but luckily Perisher Resort's snowmaking starts in May, so there should be enough snow to squeeze in a bit of skiing or boarding between events.
Snow making at Perisher. Image from Peak Festival Facebook page
Food and alcohol: It's not possible to BYO your own alcohol to the Festival, but all venues are licensed and there will be a variety of food and drink available throughout the resort and Festival venues.
Children: Children accompanied by an adult are welcomed at most venues, except for Bazil's Bar (all hours) and The Man From Snowy River (after 10pm). Children under 15 are free with a paying adult.