This world-famous festival celebrates its 50th year in 2016, with headliners Muse.
This legendary festival, arguably the most famous in Switzerland, takes place during the height of summer on the shores of Lake Geneva.
The festival boasts years of experience, always has a quality roster and, with 2016 marking its 50th year, it does not disappoint. Mathieu Jaton (CEO of Montreux Jazz festival) and his team have established a line-up that embraces musical diversity. Notable announcements include: Gogo Penguin, Steps Ahead, Dj Shadow, Muse, Max Cooper, Maceo Plex and Sigur Rós to name but a few. There are also emerging artists, world music performers from Africa and Brazil plus less well-known acts playing, so you can really experience a full scope of music here.
The Montreux Jazz festival is like a rite of passage for new artists attending as well as those first-time audience members. During the day Montreux is like lucid dream with music humming everywhere. There are boats bobbing close by and it is likely that some festival goers will take a dip in the lake for a truly chilled experience. Before the festival used to be preferred by Jazz aficionados but now there is a healthy mix in the audience: old and young, chic and relaxed. The line-up that features both contemporary music and more traditional sounds has truly dictated this interesting mix of individuals.
Notable musicians regularly return to Montreux Jazz Festival, such as Quincy Jones. You may also catch some stars wandering around soaking up the sun, or listening to the next new talent during the after-hours at the Jazz club. Though ticket prices for the top-billed acts at the Stravinsky Hall are not cheap, they are fully worth it. There are also lots of events (outdoors and indoors, day and night) that are free and great for every taste, such as Music in the Park and The Rock Café.