Have you heard? The festival scene has a Glastonbury-shaped hole this year. But all is not lost, we can use this as an opportunity to discover something totally new. Rumour has it Zermatt Unplugged could be just that, the ultimate way to start the festival season; living in the finest luxury in the most breath-taking and iconic surroundings (an added bonus, there will be no need to bother with wellies and motorway madness). Read on to discover our guide to enjoying Zermatt Unplugged in luxury.
Bramble Ski and Haute Montagne are pleased to offer guests at select luxury ski chalets an exclusive five-day Zermatt Unplugged package, with private ski instruction, VIP tickets to sold-out gigs and access to the VIP Unplugged Chalet. The festival will run from the 10th – 14th April.
Zermatt Unplugged was founded in 2007 by Thomas Sterchi and Marco Godat which grew out of their love for singer/songwriters and creating unforgettable concert experiences.
The result is Zermatt Unplugged which offers a unique antidote to today’s (sometimes) over produced commercial music scene and over-full concert venues. Its small stages and acoustic focus offers an intimate experience and a chance to really connect with artists. These world-class musicians are stripped to their musical essence, in an intimate and breath-taking mountain setting. It’s little wonder that the festival attracts such big names. This year’s headliners including Kodaline, Jessie J, Jake Bugg, Mighty Oaks, Emeli Sande, Norah Jones and Lianne La Havas.
The festival has grown in its 10 years since inception from one stage to 13. So where to start? Here’s our ultimate guide, which could help you make the most of this exciting and unique festival.
Zermatt Unplugged combines spring sunshine, amazing food stalls (The Taste Village) AND the chance to get up the mountain before swapping your ski boots for some dancing shoes. Reflecting the iconic mountains that surround it, Zermatt Unplugged really is something special. How to make the most of these moments?
Just a stone’s throw from the town centre and Klein Matterhorn lift the brand-new Christiana Apartments are ideally positioned for guests looking to stay in the heart of the action. There is a range of accommodation, from a gorgeous one-bedroom bolthole to a sprawling seven-bedroom penthouse with its own wellness facilities. Some of the apartments in the Christiania Residence also come with private hot tubs.
Guests choosing to book this accommodation on a fully catered basis will receive private ski instruction with a `Bramble Ski Pro` and benefit from Bramble Ski’s renowned service and in-depth in-resort knowledge, your ultimate guide to enjoying Zermatt Unplugged in luxury. Each apartment can be booked individually or together, to cater for a larger group. Your dedicated concierge will organise all evening events, whether it be arranging tickets, booking VIP packages or crafting a bespoke festival itinerary for the duration of the stay. The Christiania Residence is also offers a self-catered option, perfect for groups looking for a stylish and fuss-free mountain crash pad during the festival. Or why not try our brand new B&B option – perfect for making the most of the festivals delicious evening offerings.
Classically European, Zermatt Unplugged offers music in French, German, Italian, Spanish and English. It also boasts an incredible line up from headlining world stars to emerging talent just starting out on their new music career. Who knows, you might just stumble upon your new favourite artist at the Zermatt Unplugged.
Bags of presence, attitude and grace Jessie J’s Unplugged performance is sure to entertain.
Heaps of soul and light and dark layers makes Belgium born, Selah Sue’s sets a must see.
Earthy, dreamy, reflective sounds fit perfectly with the landscape.
Bruno Bieri and Sando Schneebeli
Hailing from Switzerland themselves, the enchanting Bruno Bieri and Sandro Schneebeli bring together a unique sound in synergy with the mountain environment, exploring intersections of jazzy and folk music traditions.
Food for the soul, Fetsums music brings people together. His silky-smooth voice perfectly harmonises with his folksy pop feels.
Lianne La Havas
English folk and soul singer, Lianne La Havas is a world class artist. Her mesmerising performance and moving melodies have captured the hearts of many (including Steve Wonder and Prince). A late addition to the Zermatt Unplugged bill her beautiful voice and soulful performances are unforgettable and certainly worth catching.
Enjoy a truly extraordinary experience by combining a VIP festival package with a stay with Haute Montagne. Start your festival day in the exquisite tranquil surroundings of Scandinavian-influenced alpine retreat, Chalet McKinley, or the uber-luxurious and indulgent Chalet Elbrus, classically designed with modern twists.
Enjoy a tailor-made breakfast prepared by your very own private chef. Then seamlessly take to the slopes with your expert guide or take to the sky and hunt down one untracked spring powder with an unforgettable heli-ski experience. Meanwhile allow your concierge to organise the best seats in the house with an exclusive VIP package.
This includes access to the VIP lounge, unlimited food and drink, Unplugged pass for that day and access to the Premium Lounge with view of the entire festival grounds.
To top this all off, a stay with Haute Montagne for the festival will allow you to enjoy an out of the ordinary, replenishing and rejuvenating experience, with your own stunning in-chalet private spa and wellness facilities.
… Suddenly that Glastonbury shaped hole doesn’t seem to feel so big. Roll on Zermatt Unplugged.
We set up our sister company Haute Montagne to cater to the exacting demands of our clients looking for the ultimate chalet holiday experience, expecting the finest luxury properties accompanied by the very best of service levels.
It is not by accident that the Haute Montagne experience has come to be known as superyachts in the snow.
Haute Montagne chalets are among the finest properties available to rent in the ski industry. They are the best properties in resort and are all stand-alone mega-chalets with beautiful furnishings and decadent spa facilities.
You will be looked after by a team of highly trained professionals, each selected for excellence in their field, attention to detail, and discretion.