The legendary Montreux Jazz Festival will return to the shores of Lake Geneva on July 2nd. This year’s festival comes after last year’s festivities had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Notable acts featured in this year’s line-up include Arlo Parks, Inhaler, Rag’n’Bone Man, and Zucchero.
“Montreux Jazz Festival has always been about creating very special concerts where artists can feel up close and personal with their fans, while sharing these unique moments worldwide through audiovisual content,” Montreux CEO Mathieu Jaton explained.
“This year, our stages’ capacities will be even smaller due to Covid-19 restrictions,” Jaton continued, “Which will create an exceptional streaming experience for international audiences who can’t come to the Festival. The content will be especially breathtaking from our new stage built above the water on Lake Geneva, with the Alps in the background.”
Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has been home to some of the most legendary performance, from some of the most legendary musicians, of all time. The list of performers who have made their name at Montreux is extensive: Nina Simone, Weather Report, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Soft Machine, Ella Fitzgerald.
After the ’60s, the festival began to incorporate non-jazz musicians into the festival, with performers like Aretha Franklin, Pink Floyd, Carole King, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown taking part.
Contrary to popular belief, the 1971 incident involving Frank Zappa and the Mothers which inspired Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ did not occur during the festival, but it did take place at the festival’s original venue, the Montreux Casino. The loss of their primary concert venue wasn’t enough to stop the festival from returning in 1972, but a global pandemic turned out to be enough to shut down the proceedings.
Check out the announcement for the 2021 Montreux Jazz Festival down below.