Up-and-coming, promising musical talents from Switzerland and all over the world are once again a central component of the Zermatt Unplugged program at the 13th festival. On the Unplugged Pass stages set up in various locations in Zermatt, the young bands show what they’re made of on several festival days. The former Schweizerhof discotheque is available as a new concert location in 2020. Later in the evenings there are bands of all stripes to be heard – including Billie Bird, the folk-pop singer from Lausanne, the indie-folk band project Son Mieux from The Hague, Sebass with their danceable Balkan beats, Coconut Kings with a wild «Rockin’Rhythm'n'Blues»-style from Valais and the bold Geneva-based Danitsa – Best Act Romandie of the Swiss Music Award 2018 and face of the Zermatt Unplugged 2020 campaign.
Among others on stage in front of Hotel Alex is Pat Burgener, professional snowboarder and musician from Vaud, who will perform. Also present are the Australian «streaming millionaires» Hollow Coves with their indie folk, the twin brothers from Amistat, likewise from Australia, and the pop poet Till Seifert from Germany. The Blue Lounge at Blauherd in the midst of the slopes, the Taste Village and the Cervo stage at the end of the ski slope Ried also become the setting for surprising musical moments. The melancholic yet bright music of Ellas from Brugg, Aargau will move you. There are also melodic stories by Native Young from South Africa and Kawala from London, which landed a streaming hit with «Do It Like You Do». Their specialty: radiantly beautiful melodies, underlaid with rhythmic fingerstyle on the acoustic guitar. Guests can also look forward to Alex Diehl, who has already produced three albums since his «Nur ein Lied» («Just a Song») was shared thousands of times after the shocking Paris attacks in 2015 and has played with artists such as Peter Maffay, Xavier Naidoo and Revolverheld.
Artists take «residence»
An artist plays in his special location for the entire duration of the festival – that is the concept of «Artist in Residence». Hence something such as the fiery percussion and Latin American rhythms of Roberto Marcano & Band from Venezuela can be heard at the Gandegghütte (3,030 m). Allman Brown from London has music that is of a sensitive singer-songwriter sort to offer on the sun terrace of the Chalet Hotel Schönegg, the Travellin ’Brothers bring the blues into the Foyer marquee at midnight.