Do friends’ rapturous tales of music festival experiences leave you unconvinced? Between the raves you hear the truth: The fields in which they’re held are inevitably either dusty or muddy. The crowds. The lines. The hair-trigger balance between staying hydrated and undertaking the Homeric journey through the crowd to find a portable toilet. For many adults, the appeal of music festivals is elusive.
The Montreux Jazz Festival may just change your mind. The legendary festival began with a rousing cymbal clash in 1967 with a lineup that included Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Bill Evans, and Miles Davis. The programming has expanded far beyond jazz, and this year’s roster of musicians includes names from rock, folk, and even trip hop.
And perhaps the biggest draw of all: The festival is held in picturesque Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva and beneath the Alps. Its dreamy location means you can spend a day hiking through hillside fields of wildflowers and then spend the evening listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with a glass of local lavaux wine. That promise of a perfect summer day could sway even a comfort-loving curmudgeon to return to music festivals.
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