For a small country Switzerland certainly isn’t short of great music festivals. Whether it’s Locarno’s Moon and Stars, the Frauenfeld Festival, Zurich’s Life at Sunset or the Paleo Festival in Nyon. Yet, the Montreux Jazz Festival is unique in many ways. For starters it is one of the longest festivals, it attracts top notch artists and international visitors and although it has 49 years of heritage to look back at Montreux hasn’t lost any of its contemporary edginess. It is arguably the most sophisticated and upscale festival in Switzerland. and it doesn’t come as a surprise that it has found a sponsor equally sophisticated and unique. Parmigiani, the Swiss watchmaker masters the art of combining tradition with modernism by creating beautiful timepieces which last a lifetime and longer.
La Bonne Vivante was beyond excited to be invited to attend George Benson’s concert which also marked the closing night of the festival . We enjoyed dinner and drinks at Parmigiani’s VIP tent filled with laughter and fun with Parmigiani’s lovely team headed up by their charismatic CEO Jean-Marc Jacot.
Where to stay:
Well, there is really only one option. The Montreux Palace is where Musicians and visitors put up at. The hotel offers a classic interior, a beautiful terrace, a spa and a good breakfast buffet. Av. Claude-Nobs 2, 1820 Montreux 021 962 12 12
Where to party:
After the concerts the festival becomes a lively party scene and you can’t go wrong by grabbing a digestif in one of the many pavilions (our favorite is still the Nestle Pavillon).
The Funky Claude’s bar at the Palace is another traditional gathering point later at night. There is usually a band and the party can go on until the morning dawn.