The Montreux Jazz Festival, the second largest annual jazz festival in the world, is held annually in early July in Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline. Founded in 1967 by Claude Nobs, Geo Voumard and Rene Langel, it was first held at Montreux Casino in 1971. It lasted for three days and featured almost exclusively jazz artists, with highlights being Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald and Jack DeJohnette among others. Although it started with jazz, it gradually grew its boundaries in the 1970s and today represents artists of nearly every imaginable music style including blues, souls, and rock artists as well. Today the festival lasts about two weeks and has an audience of more than 200,000 people. This year its being held from June 28 to July 13.
The festival had to be held in other auditoriums as the Casino burned down during Frank Zappa’s performance. But that didn’t stop the festival from growing. By 1993, it moved to a larger Montreux Convention Centre. Gradually it moved to Montreux Musique and Convention Centre. The number of visitors also increased by leaps and bounds. The numbers rose from 75,000 in 1980 to 120,000 in 1994 and by 1999 the festival saw more than 220,000 visitors. Competitions are also part of the festival. Each competition has its own jury composed of professionals and renowned musicians. The festival also embraces workshops, lectures, films, and other events.
This festival attracts music fans from all over the world, and offers artistic vibe and a relaxed atmosphere. Those who can’t get a ticket can enjoy lively atmosphere and countless free concerts at the lake. The dress code for this festival is relaxed yet creative. Ladies may dress up in an upscale hippie ensemble. A floral maxi dress with flat ballerinas and a shoulder bag should do the trick. Shorts with sleeveless khaki top
and espadrilles are also a doable option. Gentlemen can wear denims
paired with a casual shirt and comfortable loafer
to go with it. Whatever you do, do not exaggerate. While the environment is casual and relaxed, too much color or sparkle can earn some odd looks. In the same way, too much white can also be a bummer if it’s raining. Try to avoid wearing open sandals, high heels, or wedges. All that walking in heels can ruin your feet. Expensive jewelry is also no-no. If it falls off, chances are you’ll never find it. Make sure you pack your sunscreen though. You’re going to be out for most parts of the day, so protect your skin. Pack your cross-body bag for practicality and knee-high boots
to protect from the mud. And of course, it goes without saying, make sure your clothes are comfortable enough to handle the weather. For sexy casual outfits visit www.beverlyheels.com.