A festival held in one of the most famous winter tourism destinations. Zermatt Unplugged was founded in 2007, and over the years it became one of the most influential festivals of this kind of music in this part of Europe.
Founded in 2007 by Thomas Sterchi and Marco Godat as a singer and songwriter festival, Zermatt Unplugged has increasingly developed into a meeting point for fans of unadulterated sounds. Musicians and bands such as Suzanne Vega, Chris de Burgh, Alanis Morissette, Billy Idol, Lionel Richie, Jason Mraz, Stephan Eicher, OneRepublic or Mando Diao have been inspired by the Unplugged idea, and have performed on the Marquee and Club stages of the festival.
Zermatt Unplugged is the only festival of its kind in Europe, and is promoted by some of the major organisers in the Swiss festival scene: Urs Leierer, Anni Frid Princess Reuss, the A from ABBA, and the musician and concept artist Dieter Meier (Yello). Claude Nobs (Montreux Jazz Festival) who passed away in January 2013 and Jon Lord, the trendsetting Hammond organ player and jount founder of Deep Purple,who passed away in 2012, were also members of the Patronage Committee.
Zermatt unplugged is not like other music festivals. It’s more than that. It is an opportunity to visit one of Switzerland’s finest ski resorts, followed by an amazing music and an atmosphere that only a ski resort can offer, and this festival is growing year after year. It’s unique, charming and it’ll make you return once you visit it because, well, it’s simply has this “wow” factor.