The Montreux Festival is held in the open air with the participation of international artists


Geneva – AFP
British singer Ragan Bone Man and French artist Woodkid will be among the most prominent participants this year in the Montreux Jazz Festival, which will be held from 2 to 17 next July, with a limited audience and mostly outdoors due to the pandemic, according to what its organizers announced.
French-Lebanese trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf, and British singer and songwriter Arlo Parks will also give concerts at the Swiss festival, which is considered one of the most important events on the world music scene, and was canceled last year due to Covid-19 for the first time since its launch in 1967.
The dates for the fifty-fifth session this year were set to coincide with the expected easing of measures to contain the pandemic in Switzerland.
The festival program was abbreviated under the unofficial slogan “Every little one is beautiful”, and was designed in a flexible way to adapt to the evolution of the health situation.
About 20,000 people are expected to attend the festival, ten times less than it was in 2019, when it attracted about 250,000 people, according to the organizers.
The festival announced in March that the main stage of the festival’s concerts will be held on Lake Geneva, 25 meters from the shore, in front of an amphitheater that can accommodate up to 600 spectators, and the festival’s activities will be held on three other theaters in the halls and gardens of the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace hotel. Two of them will be made available to the public free of charge.
1,500 people will be able to attend the festival’s activities each day, and tickets will go on sale from June 8.
Another novelty is the broadcasting of a number of concerts via the Internet “with the aim of expanding the audience,” according to the organizers.
It is noteworthy that the festival program, despite its name, is not limited to jazz, as it has diversified over the years to include a range of musical genres, including electronic, hip-hop, pop and soul.


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