The 48th annual Montreux Jazz Festival is set to start in a couple of weeks, from 4 to 19 July. Although it began as a pure Jazz Festival, other styles of music were quickly integrated. As it is the second largest jazz festival in the world, it needs a killer line-up, which it has once again delivered.
Over the course of two weeks and on over a dozen stages, musical acts from around the world are set to perform. Pharrell Williams, creator of “Happy”, will play on 7 July. MGMT will bring their psychedelic rock to the stage on 8 July. Robin Thicke and his catchy tune “Blurred Lines” feature on 13 July. Soul jazz icon Stevie Wonder will perform at the Auditorium Stravinski on 16 July. And British pop star Ed Sheeran will be in the Montreux Jazz Lab on 19 July.
While these concerts require tickets, Montreux Jazz also boasts eight stages where up-and-coming musicians show what they’re made of in free concerts. The festival takes place on the lakefront and the promenade has been set up to include over 30 food stands, restaurants and bars that allow access not only to festival goers but also those who just want to enjoy the ambience.
Ticket prices vary depending on the stage and act performing; some tickets go on sale at the festival box office at 16h on the day of each performance. For the full programme visit: www.montreuxjazzfestival.com