Zermatt Unplugged, Europe's only acoustic festival, is returning to Zermatt April 13-17.

The festival presents a varied programme with approximately 20 bands on seven stages. Its third edition features a range of acts consisting of ambitious newcomers, skilled instrumentalists, and well-established artists, including Grammy and Academy Award winner Lionel Richie.

The event kicks off Tuesday with music from Milow/Dada Ante Portas Lunik. Wednesday is a musical highlight with Lionel Richie and Seven. Thursday sees rocker Billy Idol take to the stage as well as James Walsh. Friday there's music from Stephan Eicher and Heidi Happy. Saturday, the last day of the festival, features Jason Mraz and Newton Faulkner.

Zermatt, the village at the foot of the Matterhorn, is on the Italian border of the canton of Valais in the west of Switzerland, at the end of the 30 kilometre-long Nikolaital. The ski area is not only the highest in the Alps and offers skiing 365 days a year.

The winter terrain stretches 350 kilometres and attracts skiers of all levels. There is unlimited skiing between Switzerland and Italy and summer skiing features 20 kilometres of pistes on the Zermatt Theodul Glacier. Further winter activities include winter hiking, tobogganing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and ice skating.

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