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Unplug in Zermatt: Annual Swiss Spring Alpine Music Festival

Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By Sonja Holverson on January 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm
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If you missed the annual  Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival last year, here you can see  what happens in this iconic Swiss Alpine Resort in April. To get an idea of the magnitude of this increasingly popular international Swiss music festival watch this Zermatt Unplugged TV video from 2010. In 2011 you can unplug on April 12-16. Tickets are available at SwissRail which are giving discounts to festival goers if they travel by train or directly from the festival organizers.

Zermatt by Night: image courtesy of onthesnow.co.uk

This year will be a sell-out for tickets and accommodations because the Swiss Alpine ambience in Zermatt is so authentically festive and the entertainers  are so exuberant who will be performing below the world’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn. ‘Zermatt Unplugged’ offers festival-goers 5 impressionable days in April with 9 stages, 25 music groups giving 45 exclusively acoustic concerts (33 of them free!).

New Talent Lina Button at Elsies Bar Zermatt. Image courtesy of  Dominique Schreckling

Unlike other music festivals worldwide, ‘Zermatt Unplugged’ purposely invites famous musicians as well as newcomers. And unlike all other music festivals, ‘Zermatt Unplugged’ has for its “stage” the ancient alpine wooden chalet-covered, traffic-free village center as well as the ski slopes of Zermatt  (pop. 5’640) nestled at the foot of the Matterhorn (14,692 feet) and the Monte Rosa (15,203 feet), the highest peak in Switzerland.

Mando Diao Zermatt Unplugged. Image courtesy of Dominique Schreckling

Now one of the most important acoustic music festivals in Europe, ‘Zermatt Unplugged’draws about 15’000 serious music lovers, some of the world’s best known singers, songwriters and bands as well as some brilliant ‘new talent’ in a laid-back authentic music-lovers ambience with a spectacular alpine backdrop.

Max Luck Blue Lounge Image courtesy of  Joe Condron

2011 ‘unplugged’ international headliners include British singer and three-time Grammy winner, Seal; Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp; British singer and songwriter, David Gray; America’s OneRepublic; Swedish acoustic rock band Mando Diao who appeared last September on MTV Unplugged; and New York’s a cappella singers, Naturally 7. Switzerland’s locals and everyone’s Swiss favorites are Sina, Swiss dialect pop-rock singer from the Valais who has already produced 8 award-winning albums and  Swiss Brazilian Marc Sway who easily transitions between Bossa Nova, samba, R&B and soul in 3 languages!

Martin Jondo Zermatt Unplugged. Image courtesy of Dominique Schreckling

 A harmonious mix of polished performers and soon to be polished performers reflects the generosity and the mission of the festival organization which is to present great musicians that made it, along with young talent that only need encouragement and opportunity. New talent stages await them including the many village bars and clubs which remained open for them well into the early hours of the morning.

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Tags: Switzerland, Zermatt, “Acoustic music”, “Matterhorn”, “music festival”, “Swiss Alps”
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