MONTREUX JAZZ Festival (cap. 20,000) is giving fans the opportunity to stream more than 50 legendary performances from the event’s history in the comfort of their own homes.
For the first time, the festival is digitally releasing concerts from its archives, including performances from Quincy Jones, James Brown and Nina Simone, which are now available to watch in full and for free on the festival’s website.
“We are bringing the magic of Montreux Jazz Festival into people’s homes, making that unique atmosphere and those unrivalled moments available on-demand,” says CEO Mathieu Jaton. “We hope that, during these difficult times, fans can enjoy these concerts as a reminder of the sense of community the festival fostered for over 50 years.”
The 54th edition is due to take place on 3-18 July across multiple venues including the Auditorium Stravinski (4,000) and will feature artistes including Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz and Brittany Howard.
Tickets range between 135–600 francs ($124–555).
The management says that although the festival dates are not yet directly compromised by the Coronavirus pandemic, they are “closely assessing developments” in conjunction with the authorities.
An announcement revealing the line-up has been postponed in light of the circumstances.