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Zermatt Unplugged – a music festival of sheer delight

Acoustic music takes centre stage in Zermatt from 12 to 16 April. Zermatt Unplugged, the only festival of its kind in the world, welcomes international stars, newcomers and Swiss music greats. Over five days, no fewer than 35 bands and soloists will give over 40 unplugged concerts– meaning playing exclusively with acoustic instruments. And all that from midday until well into the early hours.

Seal, Marc Sway, Mando Diao and David Grey: all will be on stage in the Matterhorn village, as if by magic trans forming the almost spring-like atmosphere in Switzerland’s most popular ski resort into sheer delight on every level: skiing, listening to music, fine food, relaxing or simply chilling out.

Plenty of free performances
Even if you’ve missed getting a ticket for your favourite artist, you’ll still be in your element. Because with the exception of the concerts on the Marquee Stage, the Vernissage and two jam sessions, the gigs are free. Venues: laid-back hotel bars such as in the Hotel Alex and the lounge bar at the five-star Mont Cervin Palace; terraces with breathtaking views, such as the Blauherd Blue Lounge (at nearly 2600 m in the middle of a ski arena) and the new Hotel Cervo at the end of the piste, traditional taverns such as Elsie's Bar on Kirchenplatz and the Club Pink in the Hotel Post on Bahnhofstrasse. Other venues, the Marquee Stage, Vernissage and Foyer Tent, are in the heart of the festival site near the Obere Matten Sports Arena in the village centre.

Legends, classic artists and contemporary singer-songwriters will take the stage in Switzerland’s largest circular marquee. The line-up includes soul singer Seal, talented composer and former Supertramp vocalist Roger Hodgson, British idol David Gray and OneRepublic who broke all records with the song “Apologize” – before Swedish band Mando Diao bring things to fever pitch. Attracting audiences in the Vernissage Club will be Swiss stars such as Sina and Marc Sway as well as artists from Germany and the USA who are about to make it big in the music world: Naturally 7, Duncan Townsend and Martin Jondo.
New Talents
But it’s not only famous names that will create the festival’s atmosphere. Among the unknowns performing under the label of New Talents are the stars of tomorrow. Fourteen talented soloists and bands from Switzerland and outside will present styles from neo-folk to country music and dialect-pop. A great atmosphere is guaranteed! Need an example? None other than “Best Talent National” award winner Steffe la Cheffe will take the stage at 18.30 on 12 April. Free – as are all New Talents gigs.

Total delight
Zermatt Unplugged, sheer delight on a musical note. But Zermatt in April also means skiing on wide, glistening pistes with the warming rays of the sun on your body. It’s sunbathing on the scenic terraces of the many piste-side restaurants, where local cuisine is celebrated in a stylish and traditional way in a rustic atmosphere. It’s après ski fun at the end of the run. And later on, fine dining in one of the many village and hotel restaurants. Zermatt is the only village in Switzerland to have 17 restaurants holding an incredible total of 233 points in the GaultMillau Guide. Savouring so many delights can’t be rushed. Zermatt is very proud that 75 per cent of its guests have been regulars for many years. Because they know that it’s impossible enjoy so many delights with only one visit.
The motto is “Come again!”

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