Montreux Jazz Festival shares 50 performances for free streaming

After being forced to postpone this year’s event, the Montreux Jazz Festival has made more than 50 live musical performances available for fans to stream online.

The archival footage spans the Swiss festival’s 54-year history, including rare performances by Nina Simone and James Brown.

“During this unprecedented time, fans will have the chance to experience iconic performances by some of their favourite artists from their living rooms,” the festival said in a press statement, via NME.


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The announcement came on the same day that the festival would have announced the lineup for its 2020 edition, which has been postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We hope that a little music and soul will brighten up your day,” organizers said.

Other performers include Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Alanis Morissette, Carlos Santana, Deep Purple, RUN DMC and Wu-Tang Clan.

The performances are available to watch on Stingray Qello by creating an account and following these instructions.

Organizers say a new date for the festival is coming soon.