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Zermatt's music festival, Unplugged, is back this year with more acts, stages and after-parties. Plus 10th birthday celebrations.

The festival is held in one of Europe's most well known resorts and last year was attended by 28,000 people.

Over its first decade it has been growing steadily with a mix of international stars and new talent.

This year's festival takes place 4th - 8th April.

There will be 85 acoustic and unplugged shows on 18 stages around the Swiss resort, with 50 acts performing.

So what's new for the 10th edition?

"There are three more stages than last year," said the festival's director, Rolf Furrer, to PlanetSKI.

"They stretch from down in the village to the top of the mountain."

PlanetSKI has been to the festival a few times over the years and certainly one of the most unusual performances we have experienced was seeing Naturally 7 perform in a cable car!

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"We have international as well as national and local guests so it's really cool for the artists to get such a big coverage," Rolf said.

"There will also be some more amazing after party music going on... You have got to have an interest in music to be at this festival!"

Here's a look at last year's edition of Unplugged.


Founded in 2007 by Thomas Sterchi and Marco Godat as a singer and songwriter festival, Zermatt Unplugged has developed in size and in terms of who now plays.

Musicians and bands such as Suzanne Vega, Chris de Burgh, Alanis Morissette, Billy Idol, Lionel Richie, Jason Mraz, Stephan Eicher, OneRepublic and Mando Diao have performed on the Marquee and Club stages of the festival.

Once a year, the legendary band of the London jazz club Ronnie Scott's goes to extreme jazz on stage at altitude.


Because of them, a piano was flown around the Matterhorn.

There was an exclusive launch party in London this week which PlanetSKI was fortunate enough to be invited to.

With a performance from Ronnie Scott's All Stars:

Big names, new discoveries, rocking acts, singer-songwriters, and international and national artists all play at the festival - it really is one for music lovers.

And you can ski.

So, who is performing this year?

Stephan Eicher, Nelly Furtado, Michael Bolton, Paolo Nutini, Jess Glynne.

LP, KT Tunstall, The Temper Trap, James Gruntz & Friends.

Graham Candy, Matt Simons, Turin Brakes, Paradise, Jehro, Luke Sital-Singh.

Villagers, Max Jury, Ciaran Lavery, Ronnie Scott's All Stars, Debrah Scarlett, Jan Blomqvist & Band, Alle Farben & Live Circus.
















After-show parties take place every day from midnight in the club Vernissage, the Heinz Julen Shop and Foyer Marquee - on Friday & Saturday at The Alex.

Well-known DJs let their turntables run hot until the early hours of the morning.

A host of restaurants are involved and promoted by the festival, making gastronomy as well as music central to the events.

Check out the many partner restaurants in Zermatt here that are involved in the efforts of Unplugged.

"Our main audience is between 25 and 60 years. The resort isn't a cheap one but it means that the people who come have a real interest in music," Rolf said to PlanetSKI about the festival's general vibe.

We hope to be back in Zermatt for Unplugged this year so check back for news, or visit the website here for tickets and get involved.

Zermatt UnpluggedSimple Minds, Zermatt Unplugged














See more of what PlanetSKI has written about Zermatt here.

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