Rock the Pistes Festival line up 2012

Thu 12 January 12

Rock the Pistes Festival returns this year with international groups playing on the slopes of the Portes du Soleil

Rock the Pistes Festival line up 2012

Rock the Pistes Festival line up 2012 © Portes du Soleil

The event runs form the 24th-28th of March 2012 and gathers 7 French and international musicians for 5 days of gigs... on the ski slopes! Free for all skiers and snowboarders in the 12 Franco-Swiss resorts of the Portes du Soleil. The festival is accessible with your ski pass!

A detailed schedule is below:

Louis Bertignac – Saturday 24th of March at 1.30pm in Morzine-Les Gets

Ex guitarist of the famous French band Téléphone, Louis Bertignac has already released 6 solo albums, his last one being Grizzly – Ca c’est vraiment moi. He’s the musician we can thank for Carla Bruni’s Quelqu’un m’a dit. A mix of blues, pop but also rock who you can also hear opening for Johnny Hallyday’s stadium tour.

Gérald de Palmas – Sunday 25th of March at 1.30pm in the Crosets

Well known French music god, Gérald de Palmas has chose 2012 for his comeback. His first Best of Sur ma route includes the best of his 7 albums such as J’en rêve encore (written by Jean-Jacques Goldman) and Tomber(Celine Dion translated it into Ten Days). Johnny Hallyday also recorded Gérald de Palmas’ Marie. With 3 Victoires de la Musique (French music award ceremony) and 1 NRJ Music Award on his trophy shelf, Gérald de Palmas’ comeback is much anticipated.

Archive – Wednesday 28th of March at 1.30pm in Avoriaz

British group Archive have been playing together since 1994 and have already released 8 albums. Their song You make me feel has been used in a Levis advert. This year, Archive are back with their electro rock and trip hop sound (for which they first became known). After producing 3 songs on theBleu Noir album of Mylène Farmer (famous French singer), Archive is back on the road touring Europe.

LYS are a French 4 piece who sing in English; they were on the same stage as Pony Pony Run Run, Philippe Katerine, and Radiohead; at both the Borderline and at the Printemps de Bourges. LYS also played regularly at the famous 93 Feet East club in London. But it’s in 2011 that things really kicked off. Winners of the Warner Music competition during the Portes du Soleil’s Festival des Concerts Sauvages, they got to record their first album in Warner studios. Produced by Steve Hewitt (Placebo’s drummer) and Paul Corkett (producer of Bjork, Placebo, the Cure…), this album is eagerly awaited.

Three more groups will be announced shortly....

The Rock the Pistes Festival Fringe will ensure the resorts of the Portes du Soleil stay buzzing after the gigs on the slopes are finished.

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