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Alpine Music Fest Snow Machine Is Returning to Japan in 2024 If You Need an Excuse for a Ski Trip

Pair live tunes with skiing, snowboarding and après ski on your next trip to Japan.
By Sarah Ward and Sarah Templeton
August 01, 2023
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By Sarah Ward and Sarah Templeton
August 01, 2023
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Before Snow Machine became everyone's excuse to hit up Queenstown for a stint of music and skiing, the festival launched its mix of tunes in wintry climes in Japan. That was back in 2020 and it hasn't been back there since — until 2024 rolls around.

Although Snow Machine Queenstown is still to come for 2023, Snow Machine Japan has locked in its return for Monday, February 26–Saturday, March 2 in Hakuba. On the just-dropped bill: everyone from Diplo and Marc Rebillet to Bob Moses and Todd Terje, plus Japanese talents Risa Taniguchi, Satoshi Tomiie and Shinichi Osawa.

Snow Machine Japan might return when summer will be shifting into autumn Down Under, but it's one helluva excuse for a frosty holiday during the northern hemisphere's winter — and Japan's snow season. No matter where it's taking place, this is the hottest festival for the colder months, packed with a snow-filled week of music and adventure.

Attendees will be treated to action-packed days on the slopes, après ski events, and a hefty roster of international acts against an idyllic backdrop. And, because this is Japan, onsen trips, sake aplenty and yakitori bites are also on offer.

Other than the wintry setting, one of the things that sets Snow Machine apart from other music fests is being able to book your entire getaway with your ticket. Packages span five or seven nights of accommodation, and include a festival ticket across the entire event, plus a four-day lift pass for Goryu & Hakuba 47, Tsugaike, Iwatake and Happo One.

A word of warning: unsurprisingly, the packages are popular. Although the Snow Machine Japan 2024 lineup has only just been announced, packages are already 85-percent sold out.

If you're keen to take care of your own place to slumber and just nab a festival ticket, that's an option as well. Lift passes, rentals, lessons and activities can be then booked on top at additional cost, and you can opt for VIP access including heating and seating while you party if you're feeling particularly cashed up.

SNOW MACHINE JAPAN 2024 LINEUP:

Bob Moses (club set)
Busy P
Claptone
Denis Sulta
Diplo
Ewan McVica
George Fitzgerald (DJ set)
GG Magree
Marc Rebillet
Nina Kraviz
Risa Taniguchi
Satoshi Tomiie
Shinichi Osawa
Todd Terje (DJ set)
Reuben Styles and Danny Clayton present First Base

Snow Machine Japan 2024 will be held from Monday, February 26–Saturday, March 2 in Hakuba. Presale tickets go on sale from 12pm AEST on Thursday, August 3, with general tickets available from 12pm AEST on Friday, August 4. For more information, visit the festival's website.

Images: Pat Stevenson.

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Published on August 01, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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