Detour Discotheque is set to elevate its third installment to new heights – quite literally. The pop-up nightclub, committed to bringing ‘peace, love, and mirror balls’ to extraordinary locations, has revealed that its next venture will be in Switzerland, after two successful editions in Iceland and Scotland.
Scheduled for the weekend of May 10-12, 2024, the three-day music festival will unfold in the breathtaking Birg and Schilthorn mountains of Switzerland, reaching an altitude of 3,000 meters.
Detour is all about finding spectacular locations for intimate parties, and this is as stunning as it gets.Jonny Ensall, Detour Discotheque founder.
“I always liked the idea of opening Detour Discotheque on top of a mountain – it seemed like the obvious next step – so I spent a long time researching Alpine venues in a variety of countries”, Detour Discotheque founder, DJ and journalist, Jonny Ensall explained the choice of location. “In the end, I went to that area of Switzerland on a hunch and was recommended the main venue, Piz Gloria. It’s a revolving restaurant and a filming location for a Bond movie. The journey up in the cable car is so astonishing, it made sense straight away.”
The festivities commence on Friday, May 10, with a day party on the terrace at Birg station, featuring stunning views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. The main venue, Piz Gloria, a 300 people capacity revolving mountain-top restaurant atop Schilthorn, will be the epicenter of the dance extravaganza on Saturday, May 11. The celebration continues Sunday, May 12, at a traditional Trinkhalle (drinking hall) outside Interlaken, ensuring a diverse experience for attendees.
The lineup for this high-altitude fiesta includes Manchester veteran DJ Paulette, London-based Norsicaa, the ‘disco re-edit collective’ Talking Drums and other yet-to-be-announced Swiss acts. The curated musical experience promises to keep the dance floor alive throughout the weekend.
The journey to the high-altitude venue is an experience in itself, with partygoers commuting from their accommodations in the Alpine villages of Lauterbrunnen and Mürren via four cable cars, for a scenic 32-minute journey that offers breathtaking views.
In addition to the dance festivities, attendees can explore the picturesque surroundings of Lauterbrunnen, known for their greenery, the Staubbach Falls and the car-free village charm of Mürren. Activities such as paragliding, hiking, farm visits and river rafting offer an array of options for adventure seekers, since May is not quite the ski season.
Lauterbrunnen is accessible by train or car from international airports in Bern, Zurich, Geneva and Basel. A coach service will facilitate transportation between Lauterbrunnen, Stechelberg and Interlaken, ensuring seamless access to Europe’s highest disco in Switzerland.
Weekend tickets, starting at £245 (€285), cover the £160-worth (€186) of cable car rides. Exclusive pre-sale ticket allocations for Detour Discotheque mailing list subscribers open on Tuesday, December 5, with general sales starting on Sunday, December 10.