Montreux festival ends with Prince

20th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The 43th edition of the Montreux music festival closed Saturday with US rock star Prince performing to a sold-out crowd.

MONTREUX -- The 43th edition of the Montreux music festival closed Saturday with US rock star Prince performing both familiar and novel songs to a crowd of 4,400.

Sporting a red suit, Prince gave two concerts in the Stravinsky auditorium that sold out in less than eight minutes despite the global economic crisis and a ticket price of CHF 480 (EUR 315, USD 450) per seat.

Indeed, organisers said this year's festival was "crowned with success" both artistically and in terms of attendance, with 230,000 music lovers attending 95 concerts over two weeks, up 10,000 from 2008.

Among those who played Montreux this year were Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Black Eyed Peas, Alice Cooper, Steve Winwood, Monty Alexander, Lily Allen, Wyclef Jean, Marianne Faithfull, John Fogerty, Grace Jones and BB King.

Many free shows were also performed on more than seven stages around this city on Lake Geneva.

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