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October 31, 2012 – Ever danced under the winter moon on a subzero night with more than ten thousand people? Ever felt the beat of the world’s best DJs in a snowmobile suit and ski goggles? If that’s tempting, Igloofest is for you.

Since 2007, this electronic music festival is the way par excellence to beat the grey and cold of the Québec winter. Over the last three weekends of January, this urban happening offers a wide, tempting slate of artists. Stars like James Holden, the darling of Intelligent Dance Music, German techno craftsman Modeselektor, or Eurodance queen Robyn will warm up the cold night for electronica lovers.

The 2012 edition alone drew a record crowd of 70,000. And a sell-out crowd apparently increases the local temperature by ten degrees! Hot beats isn’t just a figure of speech. But in the category of problems that are good to have, the festival now faces the challenge of enlarging its dance floor, in the Old Port between the river and the Cirque du Soleil site. If the festival’s success up to now is anything to go by, expect a still bigger crowd next year.

In the meantime, check out the survival guide on the festival’s website. You’ll also find out about package deals, especially the dinner special that includes a table d’hôte and an entry ticket at a good price, as well as practical tips for having a great time without flu or frostbite. One tip from us: don’t forget layers and warm boots and gloves.