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Thursday, May 30, 2013
The Altitude Festival, Mayrhofen, Austria
This brilliantly enjoyable festival of laughs started
quite informally around six years back, when a couple of British comedians
decided to do stand-up while on skiing holiday in the Central Eastern Alps. The
altitude festival has now earned a firm place in the annual alpine events
The festival was based in the French skiing resort of
Meribel, which is where it took place for the first two years or so, after
which it has moved to Mayrhofen, a.k.a ‘The Hof’. Mayrhofen itself is a shredder’s
delight, thanks to the amazing piste, not to mention the possibilities of other
pleasures like hiking and paragliding, with a bit of mountain biking thrown in.
line-up is amazing and seems to get better each year. Last year included comedy
geniuses like Milton Jones, Franky Boyle and Craig Campbell, and some genuinely
promising new talent as well. Altitude was actually the baby by the very funny
Marcus Brigstocke, with some other
comics, very informally, while on a skiing holiday; but has turned into a
full-fledged festival that kicks après ski about a thousand notches up.
event is usually about a week long, with a variety of events and shows,
including traditional stand up, pub gigs lubricated by a generous flow of
excellent booze, live music and even shows for children. By day of course, one
is free to partake in the pleasures of the piste, or simply relax and unwind.
The mix works very well indeed, and Mayrhofen provides the best setting for all
the hilarity to take place.
Mayrhofen is not just a splendid winter resort,
but one of the best places you can enjoy comedy. And when it comes to pure fun,
it doesn’t get much better than the Altitude festival. This year’s dates are to be announced, but you can
find lots more information on the festival’s official website and on http://www.getinvolvedltd.com/brand-partnerships/altitude-festival, which will keep you updated about the schedule
and what you can expect this year.