Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux Jazz Festival
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Fmj52
Winchester, UK21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Our third trip to the festival in beautiful Montreux and what a difference to our previous trips. Oversold hot crowded venues, appalling offerings at the bars for outrageous prices, a general feeling of being a rip off event! The Stravinsky AC only seemed to work properly on our last night, Friday….even one artist complained about it on stage…and not allowed to take water into the venue despite the heat.
Our friends retrieved a drunken drugged individual from the rocks on the lake with a serious head injury and struggled to find any security or medical help.
Queueing to get into paid or free events was chaotic.
The three paid events we attended were excellent ….particularly Asaf Avidan….brilliant.
So all in all, we won’t be returning any time soon.
Suspect Claude would be less than happy with the evolution of his legacy.
Written July 17, 2022
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David R
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
The musicians I saw at the "Jazz Lab", the smaller of the two main venues, were talented and original but absolutely nothing to do with jazz.
They need to drop the word "jazz".
Aside from that, it was poorly organized with a one hour set followed by a 30-45 minute interlude while you either kept standing there or tried to find somewhere outside of the security cordon to park yourself and buy a bad drink at a high price.
Then you'd have to go back through security again.
The transport systems ignore the reality of thousands of people going to or from the venue. That really took me by surprise.
I can see live performances just add good for much less money at several venues in Camden, so I'll not be returning to Montreux.
Written July 17, 2022
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Francesca
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I attended the Montreux Festival specifically for one of their headliner artists, unfortunately, they cancelled 1hour before their show due to health issues. When my friends and I went to the ticketing area to get a refund (or at least a partial one) considering we couldn't see the headliner we had travelled and bought tickets for, we were met with rude and idiotic logic. Basically do not go unless you really want to see one of the artists, but the environment is not great and don't expect good service in case of last-minute cancellation on their part.
Written April 3, 2020
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Jean-Paul W
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Unless you're willing to pay for an upstairs ticket, steer clear of the free entrance like it's the plague!!!

The crowds are unbelievably overwhelming for those without paid admission, akin to Tokyo subway rush hour.

The infrastructure is designed such as paid ticket holders against non-payers looks like medieval nobles versus peasants. It feels as though Montreux Jazz organizers are purposefully creating a divide between the 'upper' and 'lower' classes.

Having innocently gone for free like a commoner last year, you'll have to pay me a huge amount of money to attend any of the subsequent editions.
Written June 25, 2024
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plgarlepied
New Orleans, LA2,386 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Inside the Montreux music & convention center(next to the free stage: towards the Vevey end of the strip along the lake of general merchandise/crafts & food/drink/alcohol stands) had a large gift shop for fest items including previous years t shirts(~45 chf!). This was the largest/best (only?) selection that we could find.
FEST: disappointing..No music started until 7pm. Was hoping for some street performers(for tips) during the day/early eve. There were NONE. I was looking forward to this..we based 5 nights in Lausanne for it, but I would never come back(from the US), as I have been to SO much better EU & US music festivals.
But we did buy the Mobilis 8 zone pass at the train station from Lausanne that brought us all the way to the castle one day(29.50 chf) with unlimited hop on & off along the way incl the buses. get off in montreux & get on a diff train to the castle! So we visited the castle & on the way back to montreux we walked UP to the street level & caught the BUS (way more frequent than the train! Pic attached). Get off at montreux marche (or the casino stop to visit the free queen studio inside the casino)
I’ve been to montreux before during their Christmas market when they have Santa’s sleigh ride over the lake…MUCH better to come then. Maybe this visit/festival reflects trying to revive after covid? As I see quite good reviews before covid🤷‍♀️
Written July 26, 2023
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lexy1968
Geneva, Switzerland298 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
This was our second experience of the Montreux Jazz Festival and if it wasn’t for the fact that we have credit vouchers still to spend, I have some doubts that we’d return.

It’s extremely crowded, very overpriced (expect to pay 150CHF upwards for anything approaching decent tickets for the main venue, and with increasing corporate sponsorship, every possible opportunity of getting close to the beautiful lake is blocked by corporate promotions or bars. It all felt very claustrophobic.

Add to this there’s a serious shortage of mid price hotel rooms in Montreux, and you can easily expect to pay 300CHF a night for even basic accommodation and it all adds up to a very expensive experience - and I’m simply not convinced it’s worth it. I’d rather see an act I really want to see in more pleasant surroundings where I’m not feeling ripped off.

A victim of its own success? Yes. It needs a rethink in terms of infrastructure and organisation.
Written July 13, 2024
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Zoe F
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We went to Montreux Jazz Festival but didn't see any Jazz !!!
A flight from Manchester, 3 trains and a boat but no Jazz !!!
Sadly the event is geared only towards the paid for areas and over 18s at night,which is a real shame as there were lots of families there wanting to enjoy the weekend.
We had two children so unfortunately we could not attend at night.
The super bock stage was empty - why ? you had a perfect stage to allow some local talent to play and sing. Some of the buskers were fantastic but there was nowhere to sit and enjoy them when the Super Bock stage has the big lawned area where families could have sat at watched. Same applies with many other areas and bars that were closed. We spent a full day there but it felt like we arrived before anything opened and it was more like Montreux Food Festival.
Please put more music on the stages and bars during the day for families to enjoy.
Written July 16, 2024
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Athena
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
Je suis allée à "El Mundo" et c'était le pire service de l'agent de sécurité. Il était très impoli. Je suis allé entrer dans le bar et il m'a demandé une pièce d'identité. Je lui ai montré le document électronique officiel et il ne l'a pas accepté. Je lui ai expliqué que c'est officiel, je lui ai montré le site officiel du gouvernement grec et alors qu'il a vu que c'est officiel et que j'ai 28 ans, il m'a dit d'un ton arrogant de partir, tandis qu'en même temps certains les gens d'à côté sautaient par-dessus les barreaux et se faufilaient à l'intérieur et il ne les comprenait pas. Mais que beau professionnalisme... Juste dommage en période de festival.

I went to "El Mundo" and it was the worst service from the security guard. He was very rude. I went to enter the bar and he asked me for ID. I showed him the official electronic document and he did not accept it. I explained to him that it's official, I showed him the official website of the Greek government and when he saw that it's official and that I'm 28 years old, he said to me in an arrogant tone to leave, while at the same time some of the people next door were jumping over the bars and sneaking inside and he didn't understand them. But what great professionalism... Just a shame during the festival period
Written July 14, 2024
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120alland
Attalens, Switzerland104 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Avoid at all costs, (cost being the operative word), this festival has lost all contact with its roots. The stallholders are fleecing tourists and the acts themselves are no longer the big draw that they once were. The Bob Dylan concert was appalling, the price of food and drinks is atrocious but I suspect the stallholders are trying to recoup their outlay. As a local of 15 years, this festival has become an income generator for Montreux and it’s somewhat dubious Administration but it has lost sight of its original ethos.
Written July 9, 2023
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Rupert L
Bogota, Colombia92 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Went to see Gilberto Gil who I have been hoping to see for decades. Not a bad gig. Great to see the legend in the flesh. But… the mixing was bad. Couldn’t hear percussion, brass at all… over loud drums. Disappointing after the show. We mingled with the crowd, hoping to hear jazz. But no jazz in sight. All the side venues playing trap, commercial house music. No jazz in sight anywhere.
Trying to work out why the festival is called a Jazz festival. Call it what it is Montreux - a bad house music festival.
Written July 8, 2023
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