A Friday Feature: Our guide to Zermatt Unplugged


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.

Zermatt Unplugged

The Gardener & the Tree captured by Marc Kronig

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.

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Chalet Elbrus’s stylish open plan living area, classically designed with modern twists, captured by Yves Garneau @ http://www.g1photo.com/

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.

Band performing at Zermatt Unplugged

Tawnee, captured by Leander Wenger

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.

Jake Bugg at Zermatt Unplugged

Jake Bugg with permission of Zermatt Unplugged

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.

View from the sky in Zermatt

Zermatt photo with permission of Zermatt Unplugged, captured by Rob Lewis

Making the most of your time with Bramble Ski’s Catered or Bed & Breakfast packages

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?

The Christiania Residence, in the heart of Zermatt.

The Christiania Residence, in the heart of Zermatt. Captured by Yves Garneau @http://www.g1photo.com/

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.

The Christiania Penthouse in Zermatt

The stunning Christiania Penthouse, captured by Yves Garneau @http://www.g1photo.com/

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.

Our top Picks

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.

Rooftop look out in Zermatt

Rooftop look out in Zermatt

Jessie J.

Bags of presence, attitude and grace Jessie J’s Unplugged performance is sure to entertain.

Selah Sue

Heaps of soul and light and dark layers makes Belgium born, Selah Sue’s sets a must see.

Selah Sue`s sets a must see.

Heaps of soul and light and dark layers makes Belgium-born, Selah Sue’s sets a must see. Photo with permission of Zermatt Unplugged.

Blanco White

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.

Stage presence at Zermatt Unplugged

Hauptbühne Zermatt Unplugged 2016


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.

Lianne La Havas at Zermatt Unplugged

Lianne La Havas. Photo with permission of Zermatt Unplugged

VIP packages

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.

Beautiful kitchen design in ski chalet Zermatt

Chalet McKinley with it’s Scandinavian-influenced alpine design captured by Yves Garneau @ http://www.g1photo.com/

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.

Zermatt Unplugged tent

With permission of Zermatt Unplugged captured by George Eberle

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.

Chalet Mcinkley ski chalet in Zermatt

Chalet McKinley’s gorgeous spa and wellness area captured by Yves Garneau @ http://www.g1photo.com/

… Suddenly that Glastonbury shaped hole doesn’t seem to feel so big. Roll on Zermatt Unplugged.

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