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Pure Mountain Vibes
16. - 17. Dezember 2023

The Winter Opening in Zell am See

Pure Mountain Vibes - Schmitten Unplugged

On 16 and 17 December 2023, numerous musicians will fill the air around the Schmittenhöhe with the melodious tunes of Pure Mountain Vibes, which focuses on acoustic cover songs. The pop trio Folkshilfe will kick off the musical weekend on Saturday evening: their performance mixes pop with balladic beauty and reggae quotations line up with rock borrowings. Unlike at usual concerts, Ö3 presenter Benny Hörtnagl leads through the brand new programme in the context of the band's new album "VIRE".


16 December | AreitAlm/AreitLounge

For the Austrian pop trio Folkshilfe, the last few years have been a frenzy of success. Successful albums, radio airplay between format and regional stations, completely sold-out concerts between Munich and the Vienna Arena and, on top of that, an Amadeus award with a total of four nominations. With their original and to this day uncopied dialect-squeeze-synth pop with a focus on attitude in entertainment, the Upper Austrians have created a niche for themselves that has long since become an indispensable constant in the German-speaking world. Pop mixes with balladic beauty, reggae quotations line up with rock borrowings.

Alex Marath + Band

Supporting act | 16 December | AreitAlm/AreitLounge

Alex loves to write songs and inspire the audience with cover music. His musical style ranges from reggae to country. At the moment his main focus is on the pop style.

Unplugged concerts

17 December | Franzl & Sonnkogel Restaurant

On Sunday, in addition to perfect piste conditions, musical highlights are guaranteed to complete the weekend: Artists such as Lemo, Simon Lewis, Emelie Trahan and Rhodes will provide musical entertainment at selected huts on the Schmittenhöhe. Quiet sounds and big swings - that's Pure Mountain Vibes on the Schmittenhöhe.


LEMO's partly autobiographical, partly very closely observing his environment songs are already a great pleasure on record, despite all the melancholy that some of the lyrics exude. An artist through and through who has found his very own way of casting Austrian pop in a touching form. At the end of March 2022, another single, "Analoge Revolution", was released, at the same time another foretaste of LEMO's second longplayer, which was released in autumn 2022.

Simon Lewis

For many years Simon Lewis made street music in Vienna and played at subway exits to get his self-written songs heard. With his first album "Pilot" he then made the leap into radio. With the songs "All I Am", "Break your wall" and "hey Jessy" he even made it into the Austrian Airplay Charts. Even though there were many successes to celebrate, Simon had to struggle more and more with anxiety and depression. One would think that success confirms what one is doing, but in Simon's case it was exactly the opposite, it made him feel insecure. So he withdrew and began to rediscover his love of music. Still on this self journey but already making music again, Simon wrote his second album "Rebel", which was released in spring 2023.

Emelie Trahan

Emelie Trahan is a singer and songwriter who began writing music at the age of thirteen.
began writing music at the age of thirteen. She is inspired by everything indie and folk. In the last few months she's had a few viral moments on Instagram and gained over 40,000 followers. Perfect timing for a career launch and her debut EP "Meadow", which was released in September 2023.


Hertfordshire-raised, London-based singer/songwriter RHODES first captured everyone’s attention with a series of EPs leading up to the release of his acclaimed 2015 debut album Wishes (via Sony Music). The album, which charted inside the UK Top 25, included hit single 'Let It All Go', a duet with Birdy that has now amassed 219 million Spotify streams, and sent RHODES' trajectory skywards. He’s captivated audiences on a series of headline shows and tours, and opened for the likes of Sam Smith, London Grammar, Hozier and Christine and the Queens. The arrival of sophomore album Friends Like These in January demonstrated RHODES’ most intimate and relatable work to date while recent releases ‘Happy’ and ‘Sunlight’ mark a new era in RHODES’ creative output.  

Good to know!

The concerts on Sunday, 17 December 2023 are free and open to the public with a valid cable car ticket. Depending on the location, the concerts are accessible either by train or by ski or snowboard. 

For the Folkshilfe evening concert on Saturday, 16 December 2023, you can now secure one of the much sought-after tickets in the online shop.