Zermatt Unplugged: Many Innovations


The audience at the tenth edition of the Zermatt Unplugged music festival may expect many improvements, along with a colourful array of established artists, such as Stephan Eicher and Paolo Nutini and some exciting new talents (from 4 to 8 April 2017).


The music festival of a special kind celebrates its 10th edition this spring. The director Rolf Furrer says that “regular, carefully dosed improvements help retain the pioneering spirit of this music festival.”

New Formats

The “Artist in Residence” format is new. These concerts by singer-songwriters, who reside at the selected locations, feature two daily shorter sets in a smaller setting at the place where they are staying. Those appearing include: Tom Freund, Peter Katz, Bruno Bieri and Lionius Treikauskas (the latters in the Winkelmatten Chapel). These are the concert forms, which defined the beginnings of the Zermatt Unplugged Festival.

Under the label “Pop-up Artists”, musicians appear unannounced at various performance locations, which adds a new dimension to the surprising normal street music in the Matterhorn village.

Concerts in the Highest Heights

As in previous years, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars from London will once again make an – so to speak – open-air appearance next to the ski piste near the Gandegghütte at 3,030 m. This location can be reached on skis from Matterhorn glacier paradise or in just about 30 minutes by foot from Trockener Steg (2,939 m) using the winter hiking trail.

Yet unknown names

The new unfamiliar-name talents perform on five different stages: in the new Taste Village, Hotel Alex, the Blue Lounge mountain restaurant, Hotel Cervo and the Club Pink in the Hotel Post. Artists from Canton Valais will appear along with newcomers from throughout Switzerland and abroad.

The festival has always made it possible for artists to appear who regularly were able to launch their careers after their Zermatt performance. For example, Bastian Baker, 77 Bombay Street, James Gruntz or Dabu Fantastic. Will these artists also enjoy the same result? Debrah Scarlett, lilly among clouds, Anach Cuan, Joe Bel, Ida Mae, Groom, Rival Kings, Damian Lynn, Fil Bo Riva, Annie Goodchild, Marius Bär, Long Tall Jefferson, Memory of an Elephant, Tawara, and The Company of Men.


  • 13 concert locations in the village
  • 3 concert locations in the mountains
  • around 80 concerts of which 50 are free
  • Artists in Residence
  • Pop up Artists
  • Parties with DJs and after-show cracks
  • Taste Village in the village centre with a stage and top-class food stands
  • Festival pass
  • Zermatt Unplugged Club membership