Queenstown's Alpine Music and Skiing Festival Snow Machine Has Unveiled Its Packed 2024 Lineup

This year, you'll be partying in frosty surroundings with Peking Duk, The Rubens, Angus & Julia Stone, Bag Raiders and Cub Sport.
Sarah Ward and Sarah Templeton
February 22, 2024

Outdoor music festivals aren't solely synonymous with summer, but one event takes its winter setup to great heights in more ways than one. At Snow Machine, the weather won't just be a bit cooler. Wearing a jumper won't do, either. This is both a chance to enjoy live tunes and a ski trip — and it's returning to Queenstown in 2024.

It's the hottest festival for the colder months, packed with five snow-filled days of music and adventure at two mountain-topping ski resorts. On the just-dropped lineup for this year sits a reliable list of must-see names, including Peking Duk, The Rubens, Angus & Julia Stone, Bag Raiders and Cub Sport, who all help to give Snow Machine's winter wonderland a thumping soundtrack.

After launching in Japan in 2020 (and returning there this year), the festival was actually supposed to make its arrival in Aotearoa in September 2021 but was cancelled due to the pandemic. It finally debuted in September 2022, then returned in 2023. Next, it makes a comeback from Tuesday, September 3–Sunday, September 8, 2024.

Attendees will be treated to action-packed days on the slopes, après ski events on both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and a hefty roster of talent against the idyllic backdrop of New Zealand's adventure capital.

Also dropping in to share the stage will be Atomic Blonde, Danny Clayton, Jimi The Kween, Lee Mvthews and Matt Corby — and also Montell2099, Old Mervs, Sachi, SHOUSE, Sin & Brook, Snakehips, Teenage Dads, The Knocks and the Poof Doof Ski Club.

Other than the wintry backdrop, 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 both five and seven nights of accommodation, and include access to all three evenings at the main arena, plus a five-day ski pass.

If you'd rather make your own way or pass on the skiing, there are ticket-only options — and VIP packages if you really want to do it in style.

Festival goers are also encouraged to immerse themselves in the adventure capital by adding on heli-skiing, jet boating, bungy jumping, canyon swinging and skydiving — and that's on top of Snow Machine's huge welcome party and other festivities.

Another annual highlight: the Polar Bare, which endeavours to set a world record for the most amount of people heading down the slopes their swimwear.

Snow Machine 2024 Lineup:

Angus & Julia Stone
Atomic Blonde
Bag Raiders
Cub Sport
Danny Clayton
Jimi The Kween
Lee Mvthews
Matt Corby
Montell2099
Old Mervs
Peking Duk
Poof Doof Ski Club
Sachi
SHOUSE
Sin & Brook
Snakehips
Teenage Dads
The Knocks
The Rubens
Tom Tilley and Hugo Gruzman present First Base

Snow Machine 2024 takes place from Tuesday, September 3–Sunday, September 8 in Queenstown, New Zealand. Presale tickets go on sale on from 12pm AEDT / 11am AEST / 2pm NZDT on Thursday, February 22, with general tickets available from 12pm AEDT / 11am AEST / 2pm NZDT on Friday, February 23. For more information, visit the festival's website.

Images: Daniel Hildebrand/Pat Stevenson/Ben Lang.

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Published on February 22, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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