Convinced that they could create an event that would stand out amongst the others for its originality, five passionate founders created Caprices Festival in 2004. Based on the idea that music fans should also be able to discover the beauty of their region, Caprices quickly became the springtime musical event that could not be missed. Following its first edition with around 10,000 concertgoers, the renowned festival has grown over the years. Caprices gained international notoriety thanks in part to its exceptional location in the heart of the Alps in Valais, and its selective musical programming bringing together legendary artists with new talent and local Swiss acts. From Lou Reed, to Iggy Pop, Scorpions, Samael, Robert Plant, Björk, Portishead, Nas, Fatboy Slim, Erykah Badu, Deep Purple, Mika and Nelly Furtado, Caprices has hosted quintessential acts from hip-hop, rock, folk-pop, reggae, and electronic music.
In 2009, Caprices created Modernity@Caprices. From this, the grooves of Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Sven Väth, and Carl Graig,have resonated through the village of Crans-Montana and have moved thousands of festivalgoers to dance. The overwhelming enthusiasm of the public for Caprice’s electronic music line-up encouraged the direction to progressively program more headliners in this genre. By 2014, the festival was approximately half electronic music and half live acts. Convinced that the time had come for the festival to evolve and continue to surprise, in 2015 Caprices launched its new concept consisting of four days dedicated exclusively to electronic music. 28,000 festivalgoers responded positively to this change, pouring into the Valais ski station to party with some of the biggest artists in electronic music. This artistic and business success marked a new era for Caprices. For its 13th edition, in 2016, Caprices has crafted a massive line-up. More than half of the thirty or so artists can be found in the top 50 DJs according to Resident Advisor, the go-to reference in electronic music. The festival has also changed its look, marking the beginning of this new phase and reconfirming its new direction. Always in evolution, the not-to-miss event remains the party for all European clubbers.