Montreux Jazz Festival


Montreux Riviera

Montreux Riviera

The Montreux Jazz Festival, more than a half century of music: a sublime musical odyssey that has taken place each summer since 1967 in an idyllic setting in Switzerland on the shore of Lake Geneva.


Across from the Montreux lakeside promenades, the Alps plunge into a waterscape that constantly changes in tune with the weather. Often, this part of the lake looks like the sea. A microclimate in an otherworldly space. Here, for two weeks in the heat of July, colorful neon lights bring to life for more than 250,000 visitors the names of the musical genres that have made the Festival’s reputation. Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bebop, Soul…This event would never have seen the light of day without the outsized dreams of its founder, Claude Nobs. Over 50 years, Montreux has become an international crossroads for unbelievable concerts, crazy artistic combos, trusting instincts, recognizing no limits, and swinging for the fences.

An addiction to live music, and to the mixing of musical genres, brings together the Festival teams in a warm welcome for the artists. Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, B.B. King, David Bowie, Joan Baez, Radiohead, Björk , Prince, and even Stevie Wonder… The echoes of their performances still resonate in the minds of music-lovers. Yesterday like today, the singularity of Montreux resides in proximity between the artists and their public in venues where comfort, improvisation, and quality acoustics encourage the emergence of unique moments.