September 6, 2011

Zermatt Unplugged Festival 2011

The 4th edition of the unique Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival ended on Saturday, April 16th.

Located at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt is a famous authentic Swiss village situated in a region which includes one third of the Alps with altitudes over 4000m (about 13,124 feet). The annual music festival entertains international music lovers in the heart of an Alpine village which still preserves its ancient wooden chalets and traffic-free lanes.

Featuring stars known worldwide playing exclusively unplugged or acoustic music, the music festival also included a great collection of newcomers from Switzerland, Germany and Great Britain all ready to be discovered.

Festival goers could ski all day while enjoying live music in the ski areas in the afternoon and then listen to the many musicians playing in Zermatt s different village bars in the early evening. Two large star-studded concerts were scheduled every night with up to 2 000 spectators divided between a large tent and a stage in the club of the newly-built Backstage Hotel created by Zermatt artist Heinz Julen.

This year’s festival edition featured well-known musicians such as Seal, Rodger Hodgson, Onerepublic and Mando Diao, just to name a few.

Those who were able to get up early one of the mornings after could take a cog-wheeled train ride up to the Gornergrat station at 3100m (about 10,170 feet) and marvel at the view of the 4000m Swiss Alps in the early morning light.

The next edition is scheduled from the 17th to 21st April 2012.

See for more photos.

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Dominique Schreckling
Dominique Schreckling
IPA Staff ID: 06617 • I live in the french speaking part of Switzerland, near Lake Geneva. I am a freelance photojournalist focusing mainly on events photography (music festivals, sports events and trade shows) and travel photography. An overview of my photographic work over the last few years can be seen under

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