Zermatt Unplugged Acoustic Music Festival at the foot of the Matterhorn

Zermatt Unplugged Acoustic Music Festival at the foot of the Matterhorn

In addition to having one of the world’s most gorgeous backgrounds at the foot of the Matterhorn and the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps, Zermatt Unplugged acoustic music festival supports young talented musicians.

It offers them free venues all over Zermatt during the festival as well as even on the ski slope stages at 2’500 metres.

These groups and musicians come from all over the world as far away as Australia and New Zealand along with Switzerland, Germany, France and the UK.

This year there will be 29 “New Talent” groups which will play at various venues during the festival and the concerts are all free. They perform from 12 noon until 1 a.m. in the morning.


Zermatt Unplugged, now the largest acoustic music festival in Europe, celebrates the genuine sounds of acoustic music and performers with genuine and direct gifts of song-writing, singing, storytelling and musical performances.

Headliners this year include Amy Macdonald (sold out immediately), Chris de Burgh, Newton Faulkner, Anna Aaron, Clueso & Bernewitz Trio, James Vincent McMorrow, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jonathan Jeremiah, Aloe Blacc, Grégoire and Peter Cincotti. A pioneer performer in the beginnings of this growing international festival is James Walsh who is back again this year.

This extraordinary music festival will be held from the 17th to the 21st of April. See what you missed last year on Traveldudes Switzerland! Dominique and I are going to be there this April for the first 2 nights. Will we see you there?

Can’t make it this year? Then have a listen to the top pick videos from this year’s performers by the Zermatt Unplugged music festival Director, Thomas Sterchi.

Keep in mind in your travel plans that at these high altitudes in Zermatt late spring skiing and other snow sports are excellent and skiing on the upper glacier altitudes continues all year round!


Photograph by Dominique Schreckling, Switzerland
Description by Sonja Holverson, Switzerland