The 51st Montreux Jazz Festival

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Get ready for the 51st annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, one of the highlights of the international music calendar. Baroque Access has all the details


Since its inception in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has grown considerably, and because of its popularity it now takes place all year round. But every year, come early July, the annual two-week summer event draws the crowds from every corner of the globe to come and enjoy jazz music in an unsurpassed environment.


Held on the shores of Lake Geneva, the Montreux Jazz Festival offers a chance to immerse oneself in jazz music in an idyllic setting. Originally created 51 years ago, the event is one of the most sought-after music festivals in Europe and the rest of the world. And it has never lost its personal touch, an opportunity to communicate with some of the biggest artists of their time. While jazz and blues remain the roots of this exciting event, other music styles are found here too. In fact, the festival has hosted the likes of Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Wonder and David Bowie.


This year is no exception. Herbie Hancock, The Pet Shop Boys, Tom Jones, Brian Ferry, George Benson and other celebrity musicians all form part of the prestigious line-up of artists to perform in 2017. Aside from special events, there are also lots of free programs, providing opportunities for emerging artists to shine. These include afternoon Music in the Park performances on an open-air stage and various workshops that continue to the wee hours at numerous after-show events. Throughout the day and night, the lakeside promenades are packed with people enjoying the variety of food stands… this is an unsurpassed summer music event.


The program for the 51st edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival offers a unique look into young talent and heralds the return of pop sensations and R&B royalty. While it takes place year-round, the Montreux Jazz Café is a world of discovery for those who are as passionate about fine dining as they are about music. This carefully selected group of restaurants offers contemporary cuisine inspired by the festival – dine on the famous BB Burger, Ella’s Cheesecake and Coquelet façon Quincy Jones. Relive a musical odyssey that spans more than half a century at these comfortable cafes.



2017 Montreux Jazz Festival Programme Highlights

30 June

Max Richter

Nicholas Jarr

Theo Croker




1 July


Sarah McKenzie

Ramsyy Lewis Quintet

Maggie Lawrence

Lukas Graham


2 July

Herbie Hancock

Chilly Gonzales

Jon Cleary




3 July

Pet Shop Boys

Beth Ditto

Mare Nostrum

Dua Lipe


4 July

Lianne La Havas

Fleet Foxes

Kevin Morby

Skye & Ross Trio


5 July

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Usher & The Roots

Gucci Mane

Marialy Pacheco & Joo Kraus


6 July

Lauren Hill

Peter Doherty

Tash Sultana


7 July

Macy Gray

Tom Jones


The 1975


8 July

John Newman

Grace Jones


Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet


9 July

Brian Ferry

Kery James


10 July

The Kills




11 July


The Lemon Twigs

Davy Knowles Solo Acoustic


12 July

London Grammar



13 July

George Benson

James Hunter


14 July

The Lumineers

The Bloody Beetroots Live


15 July

Youssou N’dor

Noa Duo

Charlie Cunningham

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