The group Deep Purple stars at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2024 for the tenth time

For its 58th edition, scheduled for July 5 to 20, the famous Swiss festival will welcome British hard rock veterans Deep Purple for the tenth time, and Sting for the eighth time in its history. The ticket office opened on Friday.

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The hard rock band Deep Purple on stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (Sweden), June 8, 2023. (FREDRIK SANDBERG / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP)

Deep Purple, Sting and Lenny Kravitz will return to the Montreux Jazz Festival this year, while Duran Duran will close the Swiss event with its first participation, the organizers announced on Thursday April 18.

Our intimate stages, the constant search for an optimal musical experience for both festival-goers and artists, and our musical DNA mixing established artists and new trends remain at the heart of our objectives.s”, indicated general manager Mathieu Jaton.

Expanded repertoire, well beyond jazz

Since the first edition in 1967, the festival has retained its jazz label while considerably expanding its repertoire. Dionne Warwick, The Smashing Pumpkins, Massive Attack, Air, Kraftwerk, PJ Harvey, The National, Andre 3000, Paloma Faith and Loreen are among the other great artists of this 58th edition of the festival, scheduled from July 5 to 20.

Around 250,000 people are expected to attend the festival in this picturesque town on the shores of Lake Geneva in western Switzerland.

British hard rock veterans Deep Purple will perform for the tenth time, continuing their deep ties to the city: their famous hit Smoke on the Water recounts how they witnessed the 1971 fire that destroyed the Montreux Casino. For his eighth appearance, Sting will perform for the first time as a trio, a guitarist and a drummer joining the singer and bassist.

Enticing double concerts

Artists will perform in double concerts. The French duo Air will play their entire first album Moon Safari along with Massive Attack. Alice Cooper will be associated with Deep Purple, and Editors with Smashing Pumpkins. Jazz singer-pianists Diana Krall and Jamie Cullum will perform on Saturday at the midpoint, while Soft Cell and Duran Duran will close the festival.

In total, 64 shows are planned on the two paying stages: the open-air Lake Stage, with a capacity of 5,500 people, and the Casino Stage, which can accommodate 1,300 people standing and seated. There are thirteen other free scenes. The ticket office has been open since Friday April 19 at 10 a.m.

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