Montreux Jazz Festival

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The Montreux Jazz Festival is an annually held festival in Montreux, Waadt, Switzerland. It is considered to be one of Europe’s most recommended festivals and the second largest jazz festival worldwide, trailing just the Canadian Montreal International Jazz Festival. The 54th Montreux Jazz Festival is going to take place from July 3rd – 18th 2020 and artists of the festival are yet to be announced.

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All about the Montreux Jazz Festival

What is the Montreux Jazz Festival?

The first Montreux Jazz Festival was held in 1967 by culture manager Claude Nobes, journalist René Langel and pianist Géo Voumard. Although its name suggests a focus on jazz music, The Montreux Jazz Festival is a smorgasbord of multiple music genres and styles. At the beginning the festival lasted for just three days; the last one in 2019, which lasted from June 28th to July 13th, attracted more than 250,000 visitors. Starting on one single stage in the Montreux Casino, the festival is making use of up to 17 different stages right now to give their audience a unique experience.

Who are the most famous artists to appear at Montreux Jazz Festival?

At the beginning, there were mainly jazz artists at the festival. In the mid-1970’s the organizers decided to bring in more artists of different genres and the success proved them right. Famous artists in the rock and pop field like Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Simon & Garfunkel, Jethro TullCarlos Santana and Phil Collins all had unforgettable performances at the festival and helped to make the festival known and heard around the globe. Artists like Johnny Cash, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple, Prince, Ray Charles and The Moody Blues have to be mentioned too.

What’s special about Montreux Jazz Festival?

Montreux Jazz Festival is a festival like no other: The picturesque setting at the Lake Geneva shoreline, the mixture of different genres and the fact, that every concert of every artist gets recorded and uploaded to the Memory Of The World Register. More than 4,000 artists in the last 40 years have appeared on the Montreux Jazz Festival stages and all records are accessible since 2013. Charles Lloyd’s appearance in 1982, Jamiroquai’s Live at Montreux (2003), which they later published as a DVD in 2007 and Rory Gallagher’s The Definitive Montreux Collection, which features his concerts in 1975, 1977, 1979, 1985 and 1994, are the most recommendable records you have to have seen.

What does Montreux Jazz Festival cost?

In 2019 there was a Full-VIP-package, which gained access to every stage and every attraction at this festival that cost 1,200€. Be prepared to pay the same amount in 2020 if you want to experience a carefree festival.  But there are also concerts for free, acoustic sets, singing competitions and different workshops that you can visit.