5 things to do at Caprices Festival 2016

Charlotte Maxwell
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Caprices Festival 2016 is only two weeks away. During the festival, Crans-Montana will be transformed into an unforgettable party destination for electronic music. From 7-10 April, the four-day festival will be spread across three stages, playing the best in electronic music. Stages will be positioned on both the top and bottom of the slopes. The line-up is set for some big names and what better performance space than a backdrop Alpine wonder!

If you’re heading down to Caprices (or tempted), here’s what you shouldn’t miss…

1.MOON Room

The Moon Room, set up at the bottom of the slopes especially for the festival, is once again destined to be the meeting place for every clubber intending to dance the night away. Artists performing on the Moon stage include: Nina Kraviz, Magda, KiNK, DJ Tennis, Kūn, Tale of Us, Âme, Rødhåd, Recondite, Mind Against, Michel Cleis, Adolpho & Franky, Nicolas Duvoisin and Alci.

2.MDNRTY Stage

Ascend to an altitude of 2208 metres to the Violette’s cable car departure station in the Barzette’s car park and dance to some of the world’s leading techno DJs on the on the MDRNTY stage.

Together with the festival’s other star attraction, the breath-taking views over the Alpine mountain range that stretch from Cervin to Mont Blanc, Caprices offers clubbers a mind-blowing experience combining visual and sound sensations in one unique setting.

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DJs not to be missed on the MDRNTY Stage include: Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers, Nastia, Ricardo Villalobos, Raresh, Preslea, Sven Väth. Maceo Plex, Eats Everything, Ilario Alicante, Tim Green, Guy Gerber, Mathew Johnson, Stimming and Ryan Crosson

3.Off Parties

Following the success of the Off festival parties in previous years, Caprices has since expanded. Although still stationed in the main street of Crans-Montana, this third stage will host an eclectic programme that pays tribute to Swiss culture. There will be an array of activities and food stalls open to a broad audience of all ages.

4.Apres Ski

As with all Ski resorts, there are plenty of apres ski activities. Relax in the Spa au Valaisia with its Valaisia saline pool, Turkish bath, sauna and samarium; enjoy Alpine cheeses, meats of the country and seasonal dishes in friendly traditional surroundings at Le Mayen; or visit David L’instant Chocolat to sample some the best Chocolate. David was the Best Swiss chocolate maker in 2013 and among the 10 best in the World.

5.Freestyle Event

Now inevitable for all freestylers in the region and beyond, Crans-Montana PARKS organizes for the third time a freestyle event in the spring glory. What’s better than snow, almost summer temperatures, a festive atmosphere, a snow park built to perfection and many enthusiasts to have fun and try and enjoy new faces on the field of Crans-Montana?

More information

Line up, programme and ticket office
How to get there


Thursday 7.04 – The Moon – 29.- CHF + taxes
Friday 08.04 – MDNRTY- 69.- CHF + taxes
Friday 08.04 – The Moon: 49.- CHF + taxes
Saturday 09.04 – MDNRTY: 69.- CHF + taxes
Saturday 09.04 – The Moon: 49.- CHF + taxes
Sunday 10.04 – MDNRTY: 69.- CHF + taxes

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Full passes: 269.- CHF + taxes
The Moon – 3 nights: 99.- CHF + taxes
Friday 08.04 – MDRNTY + Moon: 99frs.- CHF + taxes
Saturday 09.04 – MDRNTY + Moon: 99frs.- CHF + taxes

About Caprices Festival

Initiated in 2003, the first edition of Caprices Festival came in 2004 with the idea to bring people and artists together in a dreamlike location in the Swiss Alps: Crans-Montana ski station. With artists like Björk, Portishead and Gorillaz performing next to the ski slopes, Caprices Festival quickly became a tremendous event that draw people from all over the world.

In 2009, Caprices carefully conceived the first electronic event on the Swiss Alps slopes. Named Modernity@Caprices, this event instantly became a huge success among avant-garde electronic dance community and reached a broader crowd shortly after.

Shifting from a mainstream multi-type of music programming to a cutting-edge electronic exclusive cast last year, Caprices Festival made a bold move showing its strong dedication to the community.

About Charlotte Maxwell

Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.