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From Nina Simone to Johnny Cash: Montreux Jazz Festival release free streams of iconic performances

The legendary Montreux Jazz Festival has released more than 50 iconic performances from across its long history. The free streams will include sets form Johnny Cash, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone and James Brown among many others.

The festival’s decision to move their streams online for free comes as more and more people are in the midst of self-isolation as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause panic.

The Swiss festival was due to announce its line-up for their 54th annual event today but have instead been forced to postpone the event. Like many festivals this year, the coronavirus has delayed this event by at least a few months.

While we await the rescheduled date for the festival, Montreux have shared a host of wondrous performances to keep us sated until we meet again.

“During this unprecedented time, fans will have the chance to experience iconic performances by some of their favourite artists from their living rooms,” reads the festival’s press statement, “including rare concerts from ‘The Godfather of Soul’ James Brown, who played Montreux Jazz Festival in 1981 and the legendary Nina Simone in 1976. Fans will also be able to enjoy Johnny Cash’s 1994 Live at Montreux performance, as well as the ground-breaking hip hop group RUN DMC’s electrifying show in 2001.”

That will make for quite the afternoon viewing. As well as those artists there will also be performances from Carlos Santana, Nile Rogers & Chic, Simply Red, Alanis Morissette, Wu-Tang Clan, Korn and so many. 50 performances are available now via Stingray Qello platform.

Montreux Jazz Festival is another channel looking to provide their patrons with so much needed distraction while they wait for the rescheduled festival. There aren’t many festivals with a better tradition to count on.