Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

PALP Festival 2024, Valais, Switzerland

20 April - 21 September

The PALP Festival celebrates the music, culture and gastronomy of the Swiss canton of Valais

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The PALP Festival celebrates the music, culture and gastronomy of the Swiss canton of Valais in a series of events held across the summer from April to September.

PALP is a wonderful Alpine music festival which was started a dozen years ago by Sébastien Olesen to showcase what the region has to offer. From small origins it has grown into a major, and ground breaking, festival.

The festival is as wide ranging as it is eclectic, with performances and exhibitions held in Roman ampitheatres, people’s flats, vineyards, in ski lifts and at the top of the mountain.

Main events during the summer festival include Roclette and Electroroclette, combining music and food.

PALP in the Mountains

Quite literally the high spot of the festival is the festival in the Alps.

In 2022, this was guitar concert by Los Hermanos Gutiérrez, two brothers from Ecuador, held at Becs de Besson, some 2,985 metres above the city of Sion. Festivalgoers have to trek up – and down – the mountain to listen to the concert, as our editor Mark Bibby Jackson discovered.

PALP Festival Schedule

Highlights of the 2024 festival include:

Palp Festival Rocklette 2024

On 3 to 11 August 2024 in Val de Bagnes.


On 17 and 18 August 2024 in La Chaux, Verbier.

Tickets for PALP Festival 2024

You can purchase tickets here

Things To Do in Valais

The Roman Ampitheatre at Martigny, Valais Switzerland
The Roman Ampitheatre at Martigny, Valais Switzerland, Mark Biib Jackson

There is so much culture in the region – not all of it at the top of a mountain. Discover what to do in Valais by following Mark Bibby Jackson’s trip there discovering its high culture. Alternatively, you can find the local Valais Wallis tourism website.

PALP Festival Switzerland

You can find all there is to know about the Swiss festival at the official website.

Main image of Los Hermanos Gutiérrez concert in the Alps photo: Mark Bibby Jackson. 


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21 September


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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