1. Rock the Pistes, Portes du Soleil, March 19th-25th
Photo: Rock the Pistes
Spanning two countries, a whole week and myriad on-piste gigs, this is a festival of epic proportions. On the Swiss side, Champoussin, Les Crosets, Champéry, Torgon and Morgins are all hosting concerts, or ski over to the French resorts of Morzine, Châtel, Les Gets or Avoriaz for more music and mayhem.
2. Zermatt Unplugged, Zermatt, April 4th-8th
Photo: FlorianAeby.com/Zermatt Unplugged
Founded in 2007, this is one of the best-known music events in the Alps and attracts big names to the bill. This year’s line-up includes Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Nelly Furtado, Michael Bolton, KT Tunstall, Jess Glynne, Paolo Nutini and Turin Brakes. Concerts take place in various locations around Zermatt village and in the ski area, including at the Gandegghütte, at 3,000m altitude.
3. Caprices, Crans-Montana, April 6th-9th
Focusing mostly on electronica, Caprices attracts around 28,000 clubbers to see over 30 artists and DJs across four days, with gigs staged in various locations around the slopes.
4. Snowopenair, Kleine Scheidegg, April 8th-9th
Photo: Jungfrau tourism
Celebrating its 20th birthday, this high altitude festival will see German rock and roll band The Baseballs, Austrian folk singer Andreas Gabalier and other yet-to-be-announced special guests perform against the backdrop of the mighty Eiger mountain.
5. Impulse, Verbier, April 15th-16th
Photo: Catherine Antonin/Verbier tourism
French singer-songwriter Zaz and Geneva band Kadebostany will be playing to skiers on the beautifully-located stage near the Carlsberg bar on this late-season weekend.