At Montreux Jazz, you can also have fun and listen to live music without paying anything

As we already knew, there will be a beautiful world at the Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF) this summer. From Diana Ross to Björk to Nick Cave, A-ha, the Dutronc father and son and probably Johnny Depp as Jeff Beck’s “special guest”, it’s not the headlines that are missing. On the side of discoveries and more alternative artists, the offer unveiled two months ago is also of a level reminiscent of pre-pandemic editions. And here is the event that completes its programming this Thursday by unveiling the content of its free offer. And no less than 450 activities, spread over 11 stages, will be offered in the first two weeks of July on the sidelines of the paid concerts.

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The highlight of this plethora of posters is Lake House, a new name for a historic site, the Little Palace, whose three floors will be divided into several separate spaces, including a jazz club, The Memphis. , which will host workshops, concerts and jam sessions.

The venue will pay close attention to new generation and emerging artists – with a particular focus on the new British scene, from plumber Theon Cross, discovered in the Sons of Kemet, to singer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Emma-Jean Thackray, through the Blue Lab Beats duo, signed to the legendary New York label Blue Note. The Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation (MJAF) will celebrate its 15th anniversary in Memphis with concerts by artists it has helped unveil, such as Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and London saxophonist Soweto Kinch.

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Lake House will also offer screenings, lectures, meetings, listening sessions, and even podcast recordings open to the public, with guests as John McLaughlin, Gregory Porter, Patrick Watson, and Gilles Peterson. La Coupole will offer DJ sets, including Carl Craig, DJ Falcon, Kiddy Smile and Mandrax.

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Live music will also be on display at Lisztomania, the venue below the Montreux Jazz Lab, where French rapper Ichon and the Californian collective Peach Tree Rascals, revealed by TikTok, will perform. Vernex Park will host the Super Bock Stage, for discoveries embracing current music in the broadest sense, from Joya Marleen’s solar pop to Evita Koné’s groovy soul or Barrio Colette’s rock disco. A Latin space (El Mundo) as well as two lake terraces, the Ipanema, reserved for young DJs, and the Ibis Music, where you can hear Sam Ryder, who has just represented England at Eurovision, complete the free offer.


56th Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1-16.

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