Montreux is famous for attracting the biggest names in the world of music at any given time, and this year is no different. Tickets are now on sale, so get yours now to not miss out on artists as diverse as Charles Lloyd, the saxophonist who first appeared at the festival in 1967; Lana Del Rey; and headline act Muse. Scroll down to see EU’s hotly-tipped acts.
As an Atypical Partner of the event, there is always a large EU contingent at the festival, so it is a great way to make the most of the summer by the beautiful Lake Geneva with your friends.
The 50th anniversary will see a special celebration led by guru of the music industry, Quincy Jones, as well as an eclectic mix of modern styles which has allowed the festival to grow year on year. The list of acts becomes more and more diverse, featuring music from all around the world and spanning a vast amount of genres.
Here’s our breakdown of the best acts of this year to whet your appetite:
– For those of you who like strobe lights, non-stop dancing and sore heads in the morning, DJ Shadow, Moderat and M83, among many more world-class DJs, will be playing the Montreux Jazz lab.
– Lovers of everything ambient will be pleased to know that French pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre is penned in to bring the Auditorium Stravinski to life. Expect a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. Compatriots Air also offer a sensory journey with their electronic progressive rock sound; which is heavily influenced by Pink Floyd and Jarre himself.
– There are always the “evergreen” performers who have brought their timeless quality to countless festivals over the years, such as Van Morrison, Carlos Santana and Deep Purple; the latter of which owes a lot to Montreux.
– Taking it back to basics, you’ll be able to see bearded rockers ZZ Top, blues icon Buddy Guy and the legendary Neil Young; who inspire young and old in Montreux.
– Also, keep an eye out for the lesser-known hidden gems you might find. Our two favorites for 2016 are rising star Mac Demarco and the “pelvis pushing” rock and roll band Vintage Trouble. But don’t take our word for it – go and find out for yourselves!
Of course we can’t fit everything in here, so we encourage you to do a bit of research to make the most of this two-and-a-half-week extravaganza.