It was a great pleasure to supply sound and lighting services to the Slope-Off festival presented by Dream Valley Projects at Samoëns ski resort in the Grand Massif area of the French Alps. Slope-Off is a series of parties over the course of a week, celebrating the end of the ski season in Samoën.
The organisers booked legendary old skool house DJ Kelvin Andrews. His technical rider specified a Funktion-One sound system, which is where we come in. We hit the road from Milton Keynes, heading for Dover with a 12 hour drive ahead of us.
Our truck was fully loaded with the Funktion-One sound system and a load of lighting and DJ kit. The system consisted of Resolution 5 mid-high cabinets and F-121 sub-bass. We also took a pair of Martin Audio Wavefront W2 for DJ monitors and a set of Martin Audio LE700 stage monitors for the live performances.
We arrived at our hotel very late on Sunday night, ready for Monday morning when the organisers took us for a tour of the area, showing us the various venues we would be working at throughout the week. The plan was to have two events per day all in different locations.
Each morning, we would head up into the mountains and setup a sound system and DJ kit for an afternoon event. The guests spend the day skiing but they also get to enjoy a party at the top of the mountain.
After setting up the system in the mountain, our crew would head back down to the valley, where we would be setting up another event for the evening party.
Most of the evening events were being setup in bars and restaurants around the town with the exception of Wednesday and Saturday, which were the main party nights.
On Wednesday we took over the village hall in the centre of town; We installed an LED lighting rig consisting of Chauvet Beam LED 350 moving heads, Showtec LED battens and a pair of RGB lasers. A full Funktion-One system and DJ kit including Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus DJ mixer and CDJ-2000Nexus media players. Kelvin Andrews was the headline DJ and had been booked to play at all of the evening parties throughout the week. Joining Kelvin was Charmaine Baines singing vocals of ‘Groove is in the Heart’ over the instrumental track played by Kelvin on the decks.
For the event on Saturday, the organisers employed a local carpenter to build a stage outside the restaurant at Le cirque de Six Fer á Cheval a few miles from Samoëns. Headlining the event on Saturday night was Brighton based four piece live band Normanton Street, with support acts throughout the day including Goerge Young, Kim Slade, Sanderson Jones, Alpine Milk and The Red Stars.
Take a look at The Red Stars promo video on YouTube. The video was shot at the Slope-Off event on Saturday night featuring sound and lighting by Audiowall.
All in all the event was a great success and we really enjoyed our time in the French Alps and made some great friends over the week we were there.