Montreux Jazz Festival: 1-16 July 2011
Every year, up to 220,000 visitors come to Montreux in order to attend the Festival concerts split in to three concerts halls.Since it began in 1967 when it was a three-day event, the Montreux Jazz Festival has become a stupendous 16-day affair, headlined by jazz, blues, rock, world-music, rap, electro, pop and soul luminaries: Miles Davis, Maria Bethânia, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, David Sanborn, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Sting, Oscar Peterson, Roberta Flack, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, B.B . King, Ray Charles, Al Jarreau, Jamiroquai, Radiohead, Phil Collins, Alicia Keys, Santana, Black Eyed Peas, Muse, Joss Stone, among others.
Festival founder Claude Nobs created an event, which was to become one of the most important festivals of all, with a unique and eclectic musical reputation. Every year, up to 220,000 visitors come to Montreux in order to attend the Festival concerts split in to three concerts halls. Some musical cruises and trains are also part of the program. The visitors can as well enjoy the numerous free performances: acoustic concerts, the Voice, The Guitar and the Piano Solo Competitions, the Workshops, etc. Not to be forgotten the Montreux Jazz Under The Sky which spreads all over the town of Montreux.
For the night-birds, they can choose between acoustic concerts and unexpected jam sessions at the Montreux Jazz Club or an original club called the Montreux Jazz Café where international Dj`s enlighten the place until dawn.
The international media covering the event allow the Montreux Jazz Festival to be present in all countries of the planet. But, of course, nothing goes over being part of the unique atmosphere. Furthermore, Montreux offers an enchanting scenery, which cannot be described in mere words and a large choice of accommodation running from nice small pensions in the mountains to five star hotels on the lakeside.
Montreux Jazz Festival
Phone +41 (0)21 966 44 44