Rag’n’Bone Man, Woodkid at the head of the Montreux Jazz Festival | Showbiz
GENEVA, June 2 – British singer-songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man and French neofolk musician Woodkid are headliners at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival, which is reduced and will be held mostly outdoors in due to the pandemic, the organizers announced yesterday.
Franco-Lebanese trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf and British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks, who was named Best Revolutionary Artist at this year’s Brit Awards, are also on the lineup.
“Small is beautiful”, is the informal slogan of the 55th edition of the festival, which was forced to cancel last year’s event due to the coronavirus crisis.
The festival is scheduled for July 2-17, coinciding with the planned easing of anti-Covid measures in Switzerland.
For more than half a century, Montreux has attracted both big names in the music industry and rising stars.
He has kept his jazz label despite the dramatic expansion of his repertoire, with big names in rock, punk, R&B and hip-hop also starring this year.
The 2021 program has been condensed and the format adjusted to easily adapt to the Covid-19 situation on the ground in the idyllic Swiss city of Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva.
The main stage was built on the lake, 25 meters (80 feet) from the shore, facing a grandstand that can accommodate up to 500 spectators.
It will be one of only four stages used for the festival – two for ticket holders and two free – accommodating up to 1,500 people per day.
Tickets go on sale June 8.
Organizers also said they would live-stream several of the concerts “in order to bring the festival to a wider audience.” – AFP