Why You Should Go to Switzerland for the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival – July 4th-19th, 2014

48th Montreux Jazz Festival Are you a died-in-the-wool jazz fan from way, way back?  Or does your soul resonate to the sweet sounds of just about any type of music?  If so, you really need to think about attending the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival in person.

Yes, it’s being held in Montreux, Switzerland, and that’s not just down the road.  Even so, how many true music lovers would turn down a chance to attend this exciting festival in person?  It’s an annual event that’s been going for almost half a century.  Every year, the festival features performances by big-name artists along with some who aren’t yet household names, but are real up-and-comers.  Some of the music is jazz, of course, but a variety of genres are performed.

A few of the music giants who have performed at Montreux over the years include Prince, James Brown, Etta James, B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Patti Smith, Radiohead, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, David Bowie and of course the always-marvelous Ray Charles.  This year’s lineup of artists hasn’t been announced as yet (it won’t go online until April 3, 2014), but it’s sure to feature at least a few blockbuster acts.  Basically, anybody who’s anyone in the music world would love to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival.  It’s perennially ranked in the world’s top 10 jazz festivals, head and shoulders with other world-famous events like Monterey, Newport and Montreal.

If that isn’t enough to make you consider attending in person, the following information should give you even more reason to dash off to Airlines Northwest and book your flight and hotel:

Although its jazz festival attracts music fans by the thousands every July, Montreux is actually a year-round travel destination.  The town (its full-time population is only about 25,000) has a spectacular location, nestled between towering Alpine mountains and the shores of gorgeous Lake Geneva.  Its picturesque setting means plenty of people travel to Montreux just to experience the remarkable lakeside and mountain views.

Others come to Montreux for more than just sightseeing.  Being so close to the mountains, the area is an ideal spot for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.  Summertime is perfect for hiking, boating, jet skiing or water skiing.

The town’s popularity as a year-round tourist spot means numerous Montreux hotels are available to accommodate its visitors, even during the July jazz festival. That being said, it’s important to book your accommodation as soon as you decide to make the trip.  The festival is so popular that area hotels often sell out quickly.  Fortunately, booking flights and Montreux hotels is convenient and easy when you use the website that’s operated by Airlines Northwest.

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