The Montreux Jazz Festival has a long tradition of free events designed to facilitate access to all kinds of music. In 2013 we are offering an incredible selection of Swiss and international acts that will have you grooving!
The Rock Cave (open at 9pm, concerts at 10:30pm)
This shrieking cavern has been loaded to the gills with amazing sounds from the international rock scene: White Denim (US), The Family Rain (three brothers from England), The Bots (two very young brothers from the US), and the unbelievably energetic JC Satàn (France). Here at Montreux you will see that Switzerland has its rough edges, with The Awkwards, Kassette, The Deadline Experience and many more proving that you don’t have to visit other countries to hear audacious music. If you haven’t already danced yourself into a coma during these live shows, you will love the sexy and talented DJs that keep the party going into the wee hours!
Aftershows at the Lab (open when the concerts end)
Calling all night owls! As soon as the concerts conclude, the Lab opens its doors to all comers until daybreak all week long! No one will be able to resist the awesome lineup of talented acts, including Gold Panda, Para One, Dixon, Digitalism, Erol Alkan, Flume, Solange la Frange, SebastiAn, and more! You really only have two options: jump in one of the new night buses and flee the scene, or else dance ‘til dawn (and the first trains of the day).
Aftershows at the Club (open when the concerts end)
The Club is the place for the kind of surprises that have made Montreux famous. This cozy, intimate space (only 350 seats) segues seamlessly from concerts to improvised jam sessions featuring headline artists as well as DJs. Given the small size and capacity of the space, not everyone will be able to get in–entry will be free of charge but limited in availability.
Le Chalet d’en bas : LP mania (3pm-10pm)
This “chalet in the valley” is the temple to the precious Festival archives. Vinyl is the veritable hero of the day, with sets by major DJs such as Ngoc Lan, Chief, Soul Koffi, and DJ Pharoah, presentations and performances by Tristan Basso & Thomas Koenig, The LP Collection and our very own Fauve, projections of featured Festival artists such as Woodkid and Dieter Meier, and even workshops. This space features 400 square meters designed to take you on a picturesque and varied voyage through the history of music. This welcoming chalet will serve as a tribute to Festival founder Claude Nobs, watching over us from on high.
Music in the Park (starting at 1pm)
Rain or shine, wind or snow, since 2000 we have seen every kind of musical ensemble belt out their best in the open-air bandshell situated in beautiful Parc Vernex. This year, highlights include singer and actress Patricia Vonne, sister of famous filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who toured with Tito & Tarantula, featured by her brother in his cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn. Jean Shy and the Shy Guys (from Chi-town, no less!) will blow you away with a deeply-rooted Soul sound and commanding vocals. Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni is known in equal measures for the social causes he supports and for his mastery of Afro Roots music.
The Studio (starting at 11pm)
Lovers of unlimited Deep House will trance to the relentless beats of the Studio, located since last year in the Petit Palais. We have put together a fantastic lineup, featuring the Keinemusik team on 7 July, Berlin’s Andhim and England’s Miguel Cambell on 8 July. Wednesday July 10 will be Size Matters Night, featuring Stevel Angello’s label and a whole new generation of Swedish and British artists. At the Studio, Monday is the new Friday for fans of electronic dance music!
El Mundo (starting at 2pm)
The watchword here is “Caliente”! Every night starting at 8pm you will enjoy concerts followed by local DJs with international reputations like Rodry-go, party-maker #1 for the Reggaeton (16 July), or Grupo Unico, bringing Merengue with the voice of an angel from the Dominican Republic straight to El Mundo. DJ Rumba Stereo is marking 20 years of DJing in their favorite hot spot! Zumba classes offered each afternoon from 2-5pm.
Workshops & Compétitions
The Fondation Montreux Jazz 2 knows its business! This cultural organization has put together unique musical programs in exceptional spaces. Festival headliners like Vijay Iyer, Avishai Cohen, and Joe Sample will share some of their know-how and perform in more intimate surroundings as part of the series of Workshops in the Petit Palais. The extremely popular Compétitions du Montreux Palace are a springboard for young talents from all over the world, and the Montreux Jazz Festival lets you spot them before their big break!
The Jazz Strip ties together all of these venues with its busy neon boulevard and series of lakeside terraces. We have completely reworked the lakefront for ease of access day and night–it’s ideal for a relaxing stroll, the better to lose yourself in the music.
Warning! The quays will only be open for the public from the 5th to the 20th of July, and not for the opening and closing nights (4th and 21st of July).
Keep a stiff upper lip! A new wave is sweeping into the Lab, melodically washing away the tears caused by the technical issues that made it impossible to host the C2C show. On 11 July in the Lab, two new singer-songwriters from the UK will caress the ears of the public: Alex Hepburn, currently all the rage here in Switzerland, will lead in to the acoustic charms of the gorgeous James Morrison. Meanwhile, Superpoze, the young French beatmaker originally scheduled for the 11th, has a new slot on the lineup: 17 July in the Lab.
James Morrison, not even 30, has already made an impressive mark on the music scene–he really sings his heart out! He has released three albums since 2006, garnering Best Male at the 2007 Brit Awards. He has worked with Nelly Furtado and Jason Mraz in addition to opening for Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. His aptly-named third album The Awakening (2011) marked an artistic coming of age. Morrison generates intense emotion, and the Lab promises to vibrate with passion on and off the stage: he will drive the young ladies–and the young lads–absolutely wild!
Alex Hepburn was discovered on YouTube in 2010, and her distinctive smoky sound makes her one of the most precious vocal treasures of the new generation. This songstress with a familiar name brings a rock edge to the pop-soul universe, and Hepburn’s unique voice is propelling her to ever-higher planes. After her breakout hit “Under”, in 2013 she released her first studio album, Together Alone. She is set to shine on 11 July, when she will get the crowd in the mood for her countryman James Morrison. The Lab will once again concoct a heady mix of new talent to get the Festival buzzing!
Initially scheduled at the Lab on 11 July, Superpoze will take the stage on the 17th instead, opening for AlunaGeorge and Kendrick Lamar & Band.
“A little beat-maker who’ll be big one day” is a good way to describe the discreetly effective arrival of this brilliant young resident of Caen who, behind his pads and keyboard, composes as well as remixes. A dreamy musician who’s just turned twenty, he has an insatiable appetite for rap; he regurgitates it in an instrumental hip hop that’s a tad twitchy. His first album Lost Cosmonaute has you moving in a haze. The young man cites a few not insignificant Warp-ian references to explain his creative call. He’s uploaded on the Web; he’ll be acclaimed on stage!
It’s raining rock and roll at the Stravinski! Birmingham Indie-rock band Editors is joining Woodkid on the Montreux Jazz Festival’s most legendary stage on 9 July for the second part of the French artist’s huge orchestral project. This will be a super-sized drop party for their totally fresh 4th album, The Weight of Your Love, releasing just a week earlier on 1 July.
The Lab continues to concoct a powerful mix with the Jurassic rock of Dinosaur Jr, whose name inaccurately reflects their long run since forming in 1984. This group will share billing with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on 5 July, replacing Soulwax, who canceled their entire tour. Dinosaur Jr is made up of three artists from Massachusetts known for their use of distortion, feedback, and high gain–they were hugely influential on 1990s alternative rock. Their 10th album, I Bet on Sky, was released in autumn 2012.
Finally, at the Montreux Jazz Club, young instrumental trio BADBADNOTGOOD, aka BBNG, will warm up the audience for Charles Bradley. This collision of generations will rock the house! The Toronto trio is a revelation: with hip hop at their core, their beats break all the rules of traditional Jazz, and they will get the younger crowd on their feet. BBNG is well known for their work alongside many of the hottest American talents, such as Tyler The Creator and Frank Ocean. Their third album is already in the works, and with BBNG the Festival has found the way to celebrate the modern heritage of Post-bop in a musical setting made to order.
17 June 2013
2 new nightbus lines direction Sion and Geneva! Departure 2:30 am Sunday through Thursday!
Reservation on www.helvecie.ch