When the circus marquee sits proud against the unique Zermatt mountain backdrop, when you chance upon an international artist on the slopes, when enjoyment can be found around every corner, when music becomes life for five wonderful days – then it can only mean one thing: Zermatt Unplugged time is here again.

The first two days of the festival were both eventful and magnificent.
The festival kicked off on Tuesday evening to a full house at the Marquee Stage with an impassioned performance by Patent Ochsner. "We're incredibly happy that after all these years circumstances have finally allowed us to perform at Zermatt Unplugged," are the words which frontman Büne Huber used to open the show. Reducing to the max was made possible by the intimate setting of this acoustic concert. Nothing was too much, nothing too little.

Peter Maffay thrilled the crowd yesterday evening with a spectrum of music spanning 50 years on stage. But that was not all – the charismatic musician also went on to surprise the Zermatt audience with a couple of special guests: he was joined on stage by Rolf Stahlhofen and Laith Al-Deen for a performance of his hit "Über sieben Brücken musst Du geh'n", and later by Valais-born singer Stefanie Heinzmann for "Königreich der Liebe". What a surprise-filled evening that turned out to be!

Meanwhile at the Vernissage, Israeli Asaf Avidan delighted the audience with his unique voice and ethereal vulnerability. Alice Merton captivated the crowd with her infectious energy and honesty before bidding farewell with her song "Back to Berlin", which she modified on the spur of the moment to "Back to Zermatt".

Our Discovery Acts played on the stages in the village and in the ski area. Fresh sounds and intimate sets were delivered by the French crossover phenomenon Nina Attal at Beausite and by the Icelandic folklore singer Arny Margret at 1000m higher up at Riffelberg. Mayberg, Quaralt Lahoz and Klaus Egger Trio's intoxicating musical mix kept visitors to the Taste Village on their toes.

You'll find images of all highlights from the last couple of days HERE in our image gallery and on our social media channels.


The coming festival days are loaded with musical and culinary highlights, new discoveries and surprises from around the globe.

Friday also sees the start of the second Zermatt Unplugged Mountain Academy, a project close to our hearts that supports and promotes emerging talent. The academy offers a space for inspiration, exchange and networking with the international music scene.
Check out our social media channels for a "behind the scenes" look.

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