And the snow came tumbling down!

Have you been out on the mountain, yet.? Have you experienced a bluebird morning which makes you feel like any worries are far behind you and all is right in the world..? Have you had the ski or snowboard this week that lifted your spirits, followed by an après where you danced your boots off and lifted other well known, local spirits (hello, Génépi!) as you said santé to your band, DJ, bar team and fellow mountain-lovers..? If you answered yes to any of those questions,  then you’ll definitely be making the most of your ski trip, season abroad or exquisite extension to your beautiful abode in the Alps.

What a wonderful, snowy start to 2019 it’s been – the stuff’s been falling thick and fast! The mountains, trees and forests look stunning, animal tracks can be spotted from your window, the roadside or when travelling to the top of your next run in a ski lift or bubble – or even when you’re headed for an off-piste adventure!

However, the roads and travelling conditions for musicians and DJs can be a little less dreamy, but travelling through various kinds of precipitation is all part of what our incredibly talented guys do to ensure you get your daily ski inspired party and relaxed hotel gig or private chalet musical experience. The professionalism of the Après Ski Bands artists is second to none!

Gigging the ultimate après ski party can be very chilly work, but the energy from the crowd, the music – and several on stage heaters or a roaring hotel fire – makes for an uplifting gig, each and every time.

Quality musicianship? Check. Snow covered back drop of mountains, slopes and multi coloured ski gear? Check. All the hits? Check. The skill and experience to create dance floor me mories for life? CHECK! The Après Ski Bands artists know their craft.

 

 

 

Bang on Trend! The Trends Party Band continue to rock the après ski scene on their 2019 tour..!

As the snow continues to fall at an incredible rate and the resort of Méribel continues to be the well loved and well skied heart of The Three Valleys, The Trends continue to take over The Alps with their new found love for après ski partying!

Hailing from Cardiff and established since 2012, this group of amazingly talented musicians, with a clear passion for performance, have a repertoire of music perfect for any and every occasion. And their debut in these beautiful mountains has confirmed that The Trends know how to throw the ultimate après ski party. Offering some of the best tracks through 50’s Rock & Blues, 60’s Soul, Motown, 70’s Disco & Funk & 80’s pop and rock classics aa well as all the current chart music and modern hits, this group appeals to all ages on the dance floor!
Christina’s voice is second to none and having learnt her craft at a young age from an equally talented all-singing, all-performing mum, she can take any and every audience member on a journey with her from the first song, right up to the last note. Oh, and look out for when she gets on the sax and jams along with her fellow bandmates! This is one woman with serious sax appeal. With Phil on drums, Tom on bass and Gareth on guitar – the shredding genius who will have the crowd chanting his name the moment he begins a solo – The Trends are one incredible party band you simply cannot miss.
Continuing to play at some of the biggest and best après ski venues on their tour, you can see The Trends at the following venues for the rest of February…
Cocorico Tignes // Sunday 3rd February // 16:00
Cocorico Val d’Isère // Monday 4th February // 16:00
The Unique Hotel Post Zermatt // Wednesday 6th February to Monday 11th February // Evening residency
Cocorico Val d’Isère // Wednesday 13th February // 16:00
Le Comptoir La Rosière // Wednesday 13th February // 22:30
Cocorico Tignes // Thursday 14th February // 16:00
Moris Val D’Isère  // Thursday 14th February // 22:30
Cocorico Tignes // Sunday 17th February // 16:00
Cocorico Tignes // Monday 18th February // 16:00

 

 

#What’sNew..? Silver Souled are here to play in the mountains!

As the ’18-’19 Après Ski Bands winter season continues to move forward in a snowy, mountainous melange of musical greatness, we welcome the legendary Silver Souled to the the Alps! Hailing from Bristol and formed in 2014, Naomi, Robbie, James, Martin and Matthew met and studied together at BIMM Bristol, attaining their degrees in Professional Musicianship. Their mutual love of all music from the 1960’s to present day R&B ensured this 5 piece were simply meant to be together. And take it from us, when you see a band perform for the first time and they make your whole body tingle within the opening bars of their first song, you know you’re witnessing something very special indeed.
From Stevie Wonder to David Bowie, Beyonce to Chaka Khan, Justin Timberlake to Otis Reading – this band’s full and varied style will knock your soulful socks off! Naomi’s magnificently powerful voice will grab you from the first note, right until the last.
Collectively, the band’s funky, soulful sound combined with a keyboard section to give a modern day twist on all genres, will boost the vibe on the classics and lift the up to date songs to the next level of a performance. Silver Souled are a uniquely gorgeous combination of musicians (and they are so very lovely, making them an absolute joy to work with..!) so what more could you ask for in the ultimate party band?!

Give your ears and eyes a treat this new year and check out Silver Souled at any of the following venues whilst they are with us in the mountains. And get ready for the body tingles – Silver Souled are here to make you and your après party sparkle!

Office de Tourisme, Brides Les Bains, Méribel // Monday 31st December // 17:00 – 20:00

Meribar, Méribel // Monday 31st December // 22:30 – 01:30

Cocorico, Tignes // Tuesday 1st January // 16:00

Smithy’s, Les Deux Alpes // Wednesday 2nd January // 22:30

Cocorico, Tignes // Thursday 3rd January // 16:00

Bubble Bar, Courchevel 1650 // Thursday 3rd January // 22:00

Cocorico, Val D’Isère // Friday 4th January // 16:00

Cocorico, Val D’Isère // Monday 7th January // 16:00

Hotel Post, Zermatt // Wednesday 9th January to Sunday 13th January // evening residency

Après Ski Bands – Proud to be a part of #thePXshow Lake Como, Italy

Après Ski Bands and our sister DMC, Piste Productions were proud to be networking with the multitude of private celebration specialists from around the world at the Planners Xtraordinaire show in Italy, this October 2018. The Sheraton, Lake Como, opened its doors and hosted us for the three day extravaganza.

With talks and Q&A sessions from; Special Event Planners, HNWI Private Party experts and Royal Wedding Planners, Planners Xtraordinaire hosted the crème-de- la crème of celebration planners and luxury brands from across the globe. Planners Xtraordinaire had every contact you could wish for when arranging each detailed stage of a unique event. The pre arranged one-to-one meetings gave each business the opportunity to connect and discuss the endless possibilities of future collaborations.

Après Ski Bands were delighted to see and hear live music at every step of the Planners Xtraordinaire event! The opening night’s Ricezione Splendente at the Grand Hotel Imperiele Resort & Spa welcomed us with canapés, drinks and dancing to a superb jazz ensemble.

The lavish gala dinner and unforgettable after party exhibited the finest music, dance, theatre, food and cocktails the guests could have wished for. Under the roof of the truly spectacular Villa Erba in the heart of Como, we were treated to the highest quality musicianship, supplying the soundtrack to an evening of fine Italian dining, fizz and fireworks! Huge thanks to the event’s video and photo partner, @manisolwedding for sharing their exquisite visual content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To book an Après Ski Band, musician, DJ or exclusive, musical experience at your special event, contact us at Après Ski Bands

www.apresskibands.com

Email Ella: elz@apresskibands.com

 Ella: UK +447730612808 // FR +33650212024

 Rich: FR +33622117447

 

 

Party tonight at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead with Tenacious Ski in The Lodge bar & restaurant !

 

There’s a chill in the air and après ski party excitement in our hearts as The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, welcomes Après Ski Bands‘ very own Tenacious Ski to The Lodge bar and restaurant! Today, Saturday 29th September 2018, sees The Lodge’s launch party kick off the season of cool in style as boarders, skiers, drinkers and diners get partying to all the musical excellence you’d expect from these rock gods.

The Snow Centre, located just off junction 20 of the M25, boasts numerous awards, including the BASI Centre of Excellence and has the biggest  teaching slope in the UK. They also build the biggest freestyle features in the UK, drawing top ski and snowboard enthusiasts from across the country! Skiing, snowboarding or sledging – there’s something for everyone at The Snow Centre.
Their 150 seat bar and restaurant, The Lodge, offers fantastic views across the superb slopes where observers can watch their friends and families – or just take in the inspiring winter sport skills of clients and instructors whilst enjoying a meal and a much welcomed hot drink.

 

Jimmy and the guys of Tenacious Ski will be enjoying the amazing ski facilities The Snow Centre has to offer before turing the party vibe up to eleven and taking The Lodge to après ski heaven! Gig starts at 7:45pm – don’t miss it!

 

 

 

 

Look our for our monthly Après Ski Bands gigs at The Lodge throughout the ’18-’19 autumn and winter seasons, including Andy Huntley on 6th October, Paddy James on 10th November, Counterflow on 1st December, Signals on 12th January and UpTones on 2nd February!

 

It’s time to #SkiAndParty!

 

Après Ski Bands and French Wedding Style – a force majeure for destination weddings!

Wedding season is now in full flow and as couples tie the knot, get hitched, say “I do” and make their own significant life and love dedication to one another, Après Ski Bands is proud to offer the best quality music for these very special occasions.

Once again, we’ve teamed up with the site French Wedding Style to be their recommended wedding music provider and event coordinator. French Wedding Style is a site dedicated to providing a premium resource to help couples plan their weddings in France and share inspiration for French Weddings worldwide. Check out their recent online interview with us as we presented the excellence Après Ski Bands has to offer when it comes to wedding music!

Introducing French Wedding Entertainers – Après Ski Bands

More and more couples are choosing to have destination weddings and France is now one of the top places in the world to celebrate a wedding. Not only are the cuisine and drink so divine, but whether couples are looking for a château, gîte, farm house or alpine chalet, the stunning surroundings make France an ideal location to celebrate one of the most significant occasions in a couple’s life together… and the memories will last forever in the stunning photography opportunities these visually unique areas have to offer!

There are always so many classic moments to look forward to during these celebrations of love but we all know that the most acclaimed moment – for everyone attending that celebration is when the band starts to play, the DJ drops that beat and the party well and truly begins! Memories are made on the dance floor and Après Ski Bands will continue to create these memories for years to come. Our UK, Ireland and France-based musicians and DJs are magnificently professional and expert in what they do and so they become the exceptional soundtrack to that exceptional day and night. They know their craft and since every après ski gig could well and truly be a wedding party set, they’ve had hours, days, weeks, months – whole winter seasons! – of experience at making your wedding party the party of your life!

To book your wedding musicians, DJs or Silent Disco – so that you can party on late into the night on your special occasion – meet our musicians on our site and then email elz@apresskibands.com for questions and quotes for how to make this musical vision an audible reality!

 

#What’sNew..? The Hudson Dukes are in town!

James Hudson and Nick Waldock are The Hudson Dukes – a duo whom we welcome to the alps for the first time with open arms – and jazz hands!

They’re a versatile pair and have an extensive repertoire including; jazz, swing, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, blues and even their own vintage arrangement of up to date songs.

Professional doesn’t even begin to describe it for these musicians! They have performed at top UK venues including Ronnie Scotts, Grosvenor House, The Royal Albert Hall, Guildhall and a little place you may have heard of called ‘Buckingham Palace’..?! Internationally; Germany, Scandinavia and China have all been stamped in their musical passports. And now they can proudly add The French Alps to that collection too!

Visit The Hudson Dukes’ page directly for more information.

You can see this delightful duo at the following venues throughout the next couple of weeks in March 2018 – check out the Facebook pages to see more details.

Hotel Kaila / Méribel / Thursday 1st March

Le Yule / Val D’Isère / Friday 2nd March

Rockypop / Chamonix / Saturday 3rd March

Hotel Kaila / Méribel / Sunday 4th March

La Chaudanne Hotel / Méribel / Tuesday 6th March

Hotel Tignes 2100 / Tignes / Wednesday 7th March

Le Yule / Val D’Isère / Thursday 8th March

Hotel Kaila / Méribel / Friday 9th March

Brasserie du Ceutron / Aimen / Saturday 10th March

Here’s the group as a four-piece, just to whet your appetite as to what The Hudson Dukes are capable of when in full four-piece swing!

 

 

#What’sNew… A mountainous welcome to Andy Quick!

Andy Quick describes himself as “A soul punch of indie rock n roll n electro blues”… and we’d strongly agree.
With an eclectic mix of all these genres, this man’s voice will rock you until you ache from dancing at his gigs – as well as rock you to sleep with his more mellow grooves.
Andy’s debut album ‘The Way Things Are’ is OUT NOW to stream, download and own forever on CD www.andyquick.bandcamp.com and you can check out all of Andy’s original music on his website, andyquickmusic.com
The Andy Quick Band & Andy Quick’s Flying Orchestra can be found, followed and thoroughly enjoyed on all good social media outlets as well as live gigs – but he’s in the Alps for a month long 2018 solo tour from today! You’ll want to see him, you’ll want to hear him – you’ll want to have a pint with him and tell him how much you like him and his music .
You can see Andy at all of these following venues throughout February and into March… Go on – Quick, now!

Meribar / Méribel / Monday 5th Feb / 16:30

Ti Bar / Tignes / Monday 5th Feb / 21:30

Marmot Arms / Tignes / Tuesday 6th Feb / 16:30

La Mine / La Plagne / Tuesday 6th Feb / 22:30

Hyatt / La Rosiere / Wednesday 7th Feb / 18:00 – 22:30

Tom Crean’s Pub / Tignes / Thursday 8 Feb / 21:30

Clubhouse / Geneva / Friday 9th Feb / 22:30

Jack’s Bar / Méribel / Monday 12th Feb / 17:00

Portetta / Courchevel 1650 / Tuesday 13 Feb / 16:00

La Chaudanne Hotel / Méribel / Tuesday 13th Feb / 19:00

Tom Crean’s Pub / Tignes / Thursday 15th Feb / 21:30

Yule / Val D’Isère / Friday 16th Feb / Aprés & Evening

Rockypop / Chamonix / Saturday 17th Feb / 19:00-22:00

La Mine / La Plagne / Monday 19th Feb / 17:00

Ti Bar / Tignes / Monday 19th Feb / 21:30

Marmot Arms / Tignes / Tuesday 20th Feb / 16:30

Jack’s Bar / Méribel / Monday 26th Feb / 17:00

Rastro / Mottaret / Tuesday 27th Feb / 16:00

La Mine / La Plagne / Tuesday 27th Feb / 22:30

Boomerang / Les Gets / Wednesday 28th Feb / Aprés & Evening

#What’sNew? Welcome to the mountains, Signals

Aprés Ski Bands gives a warm welcome to Ellie, Mikey, Ryan & Tom – Signals! Expect lots of harmonies, shouty bits, pedal board antics and time travel from this female fronted math pop four piece.

Watching them perform is like witnessing a colourful window display of uniquely styled mannequins suddenly come to life and take you on a journey through their music. They’ll draw you in with their perfect harmonies, intriguing changes in key and time-signature as well as Ellie’s beautiful, lyrical story-telling. Watch the link below to their video ‘Paraesthesia’ – all will become clear.

Their influences include; Indian Lakes, Daughter, Tangled Hair, Everything Everything, This Town Needs Guns, Bon Iver, Thrice, Colour, Local Natives, Tall Ships, Manchester Orchestra, Dog Is Dead and Tubelord to name but a few.

Their four releases can also be found on the Signals Bandcamp Page – ‘Square Wheels EP’, ‘Facial Furniture EP’, ‘Sleep Talk EP’ and ‘Lungs Apart single’.

They’ll be performing a mixture of covers and original music (yessssssss!) across the Alps until the end of February 2018. Make a point of seeking them out and becoming a fan. I know I have.

Moris Pub / Val D’Isère / Monday 29th January / 23:00

Cocorico / Val D’Isère / Tuesday 30th January / 16:00

Office de Tourisme / Brides Les Bains / Wednesday 31st January / 17:00-18:30

Smithy’s / Les Deux Alpes / Wednesday 31st January / 23:00

Smithy’s / Alpe D’Huez / Thursday 1st February / 23:00

L’Eléphant / Le Praz / Friday 2nd February / 22:30

La Mine / La Plagne / Sunday 4th February / 22:30

Cocorico / Val D’Isère / Wednesday 7th February /16:00

Doron Pub / Meribel  /Wednesday 7th February / 23:00

Funky Fox / Courchevel 1650 / Thursday 8th February /23:00

Happy Hours Bar / Ardent / Sunday 11th February /15:00

Cavern / Morzine / Sunday 11th February / 23:00

Moris Pub / Val D’Isère / Monday 12th February / 22:00

Frog & Roast Beef / Val Thorens / Tuesday 13th February / 22:30

Le Comptoir / La Rosiere / Wednesday / 14th February / 22:30

Cocorico / Val D’Isère / Thursday 15th February / 16:00

La Mine / La Plagne / Thursday 15th February / 22:30

La Mine / La Plagne / Sunday 18th February / 22:30

Ski Lodge / La Tania / Wednesday 21st February / 17:00

Doron Pub / Meribel / Wednesday 21st February / 23:00

Cocorico / Val D’Isère / Thursday 22nd February / 16:00

Funky Fox / Courchevel 1650 / Thursday 22nd February / 23:00

La Mine / La Plagne / Sunday 25th February / 22:30

Cocorico / Val D’Isère / Wednesday 28th February / 16:00

Le Comptoir / La Rosiere / Wednesday 28th February / 22:30

 

#Spotlight On… The Mardy Johnny Depps

The Mardy Johnny Depps – Mark and Amy – Mr & Mrs Stoneman. Hear them once. Love them forever. You name the venue / setting / feel of the evening and they’ll deliver exactly what you need – and then some. Mark’s on vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele and stomp box and Amy’s on vocals, lead tambourine, melodica, ukulele and bass. And there’s the occasional kazoo solo too when the mood takes…

They’re an acoustic pop & rock covers duo from t’North. Cleethorps in Grimsby to be exact – an epicentre of musical talent that the Alps are privileged to witness. The MJDs have been performing together in the UK and Europe since 2010. This versatile duo, with fantastic vocal harmonies, can provide a whole host of venues with anything from a chilled set to an all-out party. They rarely play the same set twice, putting their own stamp on songs from Nirvana to Nina Simone, the Foo Fighters to The Bee Gees. Their influences and inspirations include; Mumford & Sons, Fleetwood Mac, The Civil Wars, The Beautiful South and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few. They promise to offer an energetic, foot-stomping time and eclectic acoustic covers are their bag.

I saw this fabulous duo performing at my first ever Méribel gig in my first season – they practically took the roof off Evolution‘s opening night – along with their ‘partners in Grim-sby’, The Wingmen (more on these lovely fellas soon!) The mighty collective I was witnessing was MAPS and in one beautiful, pitch perfect, harmonious opening chord, I realised why I was in the Alps, doing the job I was doing. I remember saying to my boss, “This is why we do all this, isn’t it?! For this moment – when it all comes together!” He knowingly smiled and nodded.

You can continue to witness the magical, musical collective, MAPS, every Wednesday at Jack’s Bar‘s extended aprés.

And you can witness the joy that is Mark and Amy – The Mardy Johnny Depps – at the following gigs throughout the next few weeks.

Go. Just go. And all of a sudden, life will make a lot of sense.

(Just make sure you check out the Facebook pages on the venues for any last minute changes due to nonsensical, crazy snowfall!)

Evolution /Méribel / Monday 29th January / 22:00

Loop Bar / Tignes / Tuesday 30th January / 16:00

Jack’s Bar / Méribel / Wednesday 31st January /17:00 – MAPS!

Lodge du Village / Méribel / Friday 2nd February / 16:00

Scott’s Bar / Méribel / Friday 2nd February / 22:00 – Open Mic Night

Kaila Hotel  / Méribel / Saturday 3rd February / 19:00-20:45 & 22:00-00:00

Evolution / Méribel / Monday 05th February / 22:00

Loop Bar / Tignes / Tuesday 6th February / 16:45

Diva / Tignes / Tuesday 6th February / 20:30

Jack’s Bar / Méribel / Wednesday 7th February / 17:00 – MAPS!

Scotty’s / La Plagne / Thursday 8th February /17:00

Lodge du Village / Méribel / Friday 9th February /16:00

Scott’s Bar / Méribel / Friday 9th February / 22:00 – Open Mic Night

Evolution / Méribel / Monday 12th February / 22:00

Loop Bar / Tignes / Tuesday 13th February / 16:45

Jack’s Bar / Méribel / Wednesday 14th February / 17:00 – MAPS!

Tsaretta / Méribel / Wednesday 14th February / 22:00

Mojo Bar / Peissy / Thursday 15th February / 17:00

Lodge du Village / Méribel / Friday 16th February / 16:00

Scott’s Bar / Méribel / Friday 16th February / 22:00 – Open Mic Night

The Brewer’s Den / Méribel / Sunday 18th February / 22:00