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MJF Spotlight Sessions: discover the stars of tomorrow in Villars!

The MJF Spotlight Sessions will rock the resort of Villars-sur-Ollon between 11 February and 1 April 2023. On the programme: five not-to-be-missed evenings with concerts by emerging artists, après-ski and DJ sets. The events will be held at the Villars Palace Theatre and the Villars Lodge. Tickets are available now!

After having been exported to London, Hamburg and Zurich, MJF Spotlight is coming to Villars to showcase the stars of tomorrow. Selected by the bookers of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the five artists are among the most promising of pop, soul and R’n’B music.

The MJF Spotlight Sessions will feature: English singer Cherise, who has already opened for Michael Kiwanuka and Jamie Cullum; Belgian singer Mentissa, nominated for a Victoires de la Musique award; up-and-coming indie pop artist Flowerovlove; unclassifiable French artist Aime Simone and Scottish soul-pop singer Joesef.


  • Saturday 11 February: Cherise (UK)
  • Saturday 18 February: Debbie (UK) Cancelled
  • Saturday 25 February: Mentissa (BE)
  • Saturday 4 March: Flowerovlove (UK)
  • Saturday 11 March: Aime Simone (FR)
  • Saturday 1 April: Joesef (UK)


  • 4:30pm – 8pm: Après-ski @Villars Lodge (Free entrance)
  • 8pm – 9pm: Concert @Théâtre du Villars Palace (Ticketed entrance)
  • 9pm – 0am: DJ set @Villars Lodge (Free entrance)


  • Concert: CHF 29.-
  • Après-ski & DJ Set: Free entrance


MJF Spotlight has already enabled the Festival to highlight numerous emerging artists, such as the British Sam Ryder, the Argentine Nathy Peluso, the Belgian Pierre de Maere,, the French November Ultra and the Swiss Priya Ragu and Kings Elliott.

The Villars Institute is a new partner of the project and supports artistic and cultural activities promoting intergenerational collaboration and young artists. We would also like to thank Swisscom and bank Julius Baer, who have been presenting partners of MJF Spotlight since its inception.

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