Why Montreux Jazz Festival?
When you think of legendary jazz venues, what comes to mind? Smokey underground bars in New York and the uber cool in their sunglasses at midnight no doubt. Might we also suggest the idyllic shores of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva under a beaming July sun? It seems sunglasses are a prerequisite for all historic jazz venues!
2017 marks the 51st Montreux Jazz Festival, a heavyweight cultural shindig respected the world over with half a century of pioneering artists in their back catalogue. Trust us, there’s not a retirees-cruise-ship-crooner in sight. Sorry Michael Buble, Montreux's just too legit for cheesy Rat Pack covers.
Cool Incarnate, Hundreds of Times Over...
To name but a handful, this year’s lineup includes Grace Jones, The Roots, Ms Lauryn Hill, Fleet Foxes, Royal Blood and the Cinematic Orchestra. That may sound decidedly un-jazzy but things have come a long way since 1967 and Montreaux Jazz Festival is a rolling stone gathering only the most relevant moss.
When you experience Montreux in person you'll feel just how the modern day festival is driven by the spirit of jazz, namely the non-conformist attitude from which pioneering music comes.
In the words of the festival organisers themselves, Montreux Jazz Festival is about “artistic convergences”, “jubilant encounters” and “close connections between generations”.
I don’t want to say too much but you absolutely need to experience Out of the Box, an awesome colab between historical sites situated outside of the festival grounds and some of the best artists on the bill. Told you it was a cultural heavyweight!
- World's second largest jazz festival.
- Situated on glistening Lake Geneva.
- Serviced by ever efficient Swiss hospitality.
- Slap bang in the middle of European festival season.