Eight music festivals in Switzerland you can't miss this year

Michael Stuchbery
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Eight music festivals in Switzerland you can't miss this year
Festivalgoers enjoy the annual Street Parade electronic music festival in Zurich, in 2022. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Forget yodellng and brass bands; Switzerland is a land of music obsessives, where all kinds of genres are celebrated during the summer festival season.


From soothing acoustic sets to hardstyle and deep house, whatever your taste in music, there's a festival in Switzerland celebrating it - among them some of Europe's biggest and best.

Here are eight music festivals in Switzerland this year that you can't afford to miss. 

Zermatt Unplugged

What: Acoustic, laidback & hippie. 

When: April 9-13th, 2024

Where: Zermatt, Valais

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While many festivals in the mountains tend to cater for a crowd more into techno, Zermatt Unplugged leans the other way, leaning towards a more acoustic vibe. Among the headliners in 2024 will be Birdy, Angus & Julia Stone and Patrick Kelly, each playing intimate sets against the stunning backdrop of the Matterhorn.

Openair Frauenfeld

What: Hip-hop

When: June 11-13th, 2024

Where: Frauenfeld, Thurgau

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Did you know that Europe's biggest annual hip-hop festival is in Switzerland? Frauenfeld has hosted the event since 1985 on the beautiful Grosse Allmend north of the town. This year, Open Air Frauenfeld is headlined by Playboy Carti, Nicki Minaj, Hamza, and Skepta. 


Paléo Festival de Nyon

What: Pop, hip-hop, rock...

When: June 23 - 28th, 2024

Where: Nyon, Vaud

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Taking place in the small village of Nyon, east of Geneva, the Paléo Festival de Nyon is a veteran of Swiss music festivals, first being held in 1976 as a folk festival. Today it plays host to some of the world's biggest pop acts. This year Burna Boy, Sam Smith, Major Lazer Sound System and Mika will be headlining stages, along with many, many more. 

Open Air St Gallen

What: Rock & pop

When: June 28-30th, 2024

Where: St Gallen, St Gallen

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From humble (and muddy) beginnings in 1977, Open Air St Gallen has become one of the country's biggest festivals, pulling in at least 100,000 concertgoers each year for the last five years. Held in the picturesque Siller Valley, just outside St Gallen, this year, the hills will be alive to the sounds of Queens of the Stone Age, the Chainsmokers, and Placebo.


Montreux Jazz Festival

What: Jazz… and almost everything else

When: July 8 - 20th

Where: Montreux, Vaud

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The granddaddy of Swiss music festivals, the Montreux Jazz Festival, has become an international icon since its first premiere in 1967. The entire town is transformed into a gigantic festival grounds for the event, with many venues participating and open spaces becoming jam spaces. 

The 2024 lineup has yet to be finalised. Still, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Leonard Cohen are all previous headliners, as are more modern acts like Jack White and Radiohead.

Greenfield Festival

What: Punk & Metal

When: July 13-15th, 2024

Where: Interlaken, Bern

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A relatively recent arrival on the Swiss festival circuit, beginning in 2005, the Greenfield Festival rocks the Alps each year in mid-July on the outskirts of beautiful Interlaken, itself nestled between lakes and mountains. This year, Green Day, Bring Me The Horizon, and The Prodigy are headliners


What: A little of everything alternative

When: July 17-20th, 2024

Where: Wabern bei Bern, Bern

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First held in 1977 and yearly since the early 1990s, the Gurtenfestival has taken place on the mountain of the same name outside of Bern. It's always been a place for exciting new acts and alternative favourites. This year, the festival has a slightly dancier edge, with Justice, Peter Fox, and Brutalismus 3000 headlining the four-day event.

Street Parade

What: Techno, techno, techno

When: August 10th, 2024


…and now for something a little different. Officially, Street Parade in Zurich isn't a festival: it's a big demonstration, attracting around a million visitors to the city. Like the late lamented Berlin Love Parade, there's a parade and a series of stages boasting over fifty international headlines from all electronic music genres and many more Swiss DJs and producers.

While the lineup is yet to be finalised, the names of headlining acts will continue to be announced throughout the Spring. 


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