Held on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Geneva, the Montreux Jazz Festival attracts around 200,000 people each year. Specialising in jazz, blues, rock and pop, the festival provides groove busting beats that make you want to move your body or just listen in musical awe. The Montreux Jazz Festival has hosted the likes of Stan Getz, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Mingus and Dexter Gordon since its inception in 1967 and this year’s festival will see the likes of rock legend Lenny Kravitz and R’nB queen Alicia Keys. Head to the fringe ‘Off Festival’ for free open-air concerts, providing a platform for up-and-coming artists.
Deep Purple made Montreux famous with their song “Smoke on the Water”, which tells the events of 1971, when a Frank Zappa fan with a flare gun set the Montreux Casino on fire.
|“||We all came out to Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline / To make records with a mobile – We didn’t have -much time / Frank Zappa & the Mothers were at the best place around / But some stupid with a flare gun burned the -place to the ground / Smoke on the water, fire in the sky|
Venue: Various. Montreux is 56 miles (90 km) from Geneva
Date: July 2009 TBA
For a Summer alpine holiday after, why not go to Verbier – 1 hour away or Chatel 45min from Montreux and only 1h30min from Geneva!
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