From 29 June to 14 July 2018, a dizzying array of free programming is on offer at the 52nd Montreux Jazz Festival. More than 250 concerts, DJ sets, workshops, and activities await festival-goers from noon to 5am. New for this edition: the stage at La Coupole, in the heart of the effervescent House of Jazz.
By number of artists, spectators, or venues, the free events represent the most prolific offering of the Montreux Jazz Festival! Beyond the numbers - more than 250 concerts, DJ sets, and workshops on six stages - the free activities of the Festival offer a broad array of experiences: musical discoveries at Lisztomania, blue skies at Music in the Park, house and techno at the Strobe Klub, Latin music at El Mundo, and special events like the Silent Discos and Pool Parties.
Starting this year, the sumptuous Petit Palais across from the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is becoming the House of Jazz! The Montreux Jazz Club is setting up downstairs, and a new free venue is revealed upstairs: La Coupole. Under an Art Nouveau glass dome, workshops, awards, and jam sessions will follow one another at a frenetic pace from afternoon to the wee hours.
Electro, hip-hop, pop, and rock: the concerts at Lisztomania show a different facet each evening. Veritable flagship of independent music, the Lisztomania, known for revealing the latest trends, extends its intense evenings with DJ sets until 5am...
MUSIC IN THE PARK
Music in the Park, an open-air scene that kicks off early each afternoon, offers prolific, eclectic, and festive programming. Each year the Parc Vernex hosts over 70 concerts by Swiss and international artists, including numerous big bands. This is also where the ever-popular Silent Discos events will be held (29 June, 7 and 13 July). In the event of rain, they will move to the Montreux Jazz Lab.
With the Montreux Jazz Club now situated downstairs in the House of Jazz, the Strobe Klub is moving to the heart of the 2m2c, where it offers a huge terrace parallel to Lake Geneva. Same capacity, same goal: it remains the Festival’s temple of electronic nights!
Hyperactive new venue at the heart of the House of Jazz, La Coupole is a site for seething exchanges that groove from the afternoon to the wee hours. Unpredictable by nature, in this space jazz reveals a different audacious and surprising aspect each day.
From 3pm: Workshops
Intimate and always surprising, the Festival’s workshops offer privileged access to selected artists, who passionately unveil the secrets of their art. On deck: heavyweights of jazz (Stanley Clarke, Bugge Wesseltoft, Eivind Aarset) and electronic music (Hauschka, Carl Craig, Ólafur Arnalds).
From 6pm: Montreux Jazz Talent Awards
As early as the first edition in 1967 the Montreux Jazz Festival was organizing jazz competitions. Ever since, we have been adapting them to the realities of the day. This year, the Montreux Jazz Talent Awards are taking over from the Montreux Jazz Competitions.
The Montreux Jazz Talent Awards underscore different ways of imagining virtuosity and jazz in all its forms. Demos from 16 artists chosen directly by the Festival’s team of programmers will be evaluated by an Artists Committee, composed of musicians and producers well known at the Festival. The artists will then be judged by a second jury at a public performance on the stage La Coupole. Two prizes will be awarded:
- the Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Solo Keys Award for the best on piano or keyboard
- the Shure Montreux Jazz Band Award for the best band
From 11pm: Jam sessions and Bals de La Coupole
After the concerts in the Montreux Jazz Club, located just downstairs, fearless musicians will join artists on the programme of the Festival and the young talents of the Montreux Jazz Academy for memorable jam sessions that last the whole night long! Thrice during the Festival, the jam sessions will be replaced by the Bals de La Coupole (29 June, 7 and 14 July).
EXHIBITION: THE RISE OF DAVID BOWIE
David Bowie is intimately connected to Montreux: it was here that he discovered guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, that he made studio recordings with Nile Rodgers, and that he played, as an encore, the entire album Low at the 2002 Festival... Drawn from a book published by Taschen, the exhibition The Rise of David Bowie will be presented at the House of Jazz. His official photographer Mick Rock retraces the famous Ziggy Stardust tour in 1972 and 1973. It was during that period that Bowie took on the flamboyant dimension he is now known for – perfect inspiration for the talented young artists of the Montreux Jazz Talent Awards!
Each day, concerts, Zumba and salsa classes, and DJ sets will have you dancing just a few mambo steps from Music in the Park. Among others, come and discover Alejandro Reyes, Rodry-Go or Igor Blaska, selected by DJ Rumba Stereo.
Electro, disco, and Afrobeat will punctuate the sun-drenched afternoons at the Casino’s pool on 7, 8, and 14 July from 12 noon to 8pm. Pool entry CHF 10.- / Reserved for those 18 and older.