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Albeit on a smaller scale, but nevertheless! If you’ll be in Geneva this summer, you might consider checking out one or more summer festivals. Read on to learn more:

Montreux Jazz Festival, 2-17 July! This musical extravaganza marks its return to the shores of Lake Geneva from 2-17 July. Stretched over two weeks, this festival usually welcomes ~250K visitors. This year, however, organizers are expecting roughly 1500 attendees/day. Total capacity for this summer is expected to be around 20K, or 10% of a usual year.

Some of the biggest names in music have graced the stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival throughout its 55-year history, including Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Although its roots began with jazz, the festival has gradually branched out to include many musical genres (pop, rock, electro, folk, rap and more).

Yesterday, the festival announced its lineup for this summer’s edition. Have one or more artists caught your eye? If yes, then don’t wait to buy tickets to their show. Tickets for the various concerts will go on sale from next Tuesday, 8 June at noon. Want access to the early bird special? Then consider joining Montreux Jazz Insider for a chance to purchase tickets one day before the general public.

The headliners this year? Woodkid, Rag’n’Bone Man, Arlo Parks, Inhaler, Ibrahim Maalouf and many more. For the full program, click here. Oops, did you miss your chance to buy tickets? Or don’t care to shell out 75-155 CHF/individual ticket? Never fear! You can still participate in the festival’s free program, offering free open-air concerts, workshops, jam sessions, and more. All performances will take place within 4 outdoor venues (two paid and two free). Social distancing and mask-wearing will be mandatory.

Fête De La Musique, 17-20 June ! This festival’s closer to home, and will take place across several venues in Geneva. Now in its 30th edition, the Fête will roll out its program on Monday, 7 June. The number of concerts will be between 250-300, a decrease from the usual 600/year. The focus of the lineup is celebrating the local Geneva music scene. Like the Montreux Jazz Festival, Fête De La Musique showcases music in all its forms.

Paléo Festival. Were you hoping for the return of the Paléo Festival in Nyon this summer? Many share the feeling. Although this summer’s Paléo is cancelled (as in 2020), work is underway for the return of the festival next summer (19-24 July, 2022). Patiently waiting for confirmation of Céline Dion’s headlining turn at Paléo? Mark your calendars for 17 July 2023. Tickets originally purchased for Dion’s concert on 20 July 2020 will remain valid for this new date.

If you’ve missed live music this past year, and are comfortable with the sanitary measures, then consider attending one or more of these performances. Have you already selected your preferred Montreux Jazz Festival concert? Tell us in the comments below!

We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to learn more about our activities and excursions, visit our website at  http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/