On the 6th of July LP with Lauren and the band were in Switzerland for the Montreux Jazz Lab Festival, held annually in early July in Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline is the second largest annual jazz festival in the world after Canada’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. The Montreux Jazz Festival was founded in 1967 by Claude Nobs, Géo Voumard and René Langel with considerable help from Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün of Atlantic Records.
The festival was first held at Montreux Casino and lasted for three days and featured almost exclusively jazz artists. The highlights of this era were Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Evans, Soft Machine, Weather Report, The Fourth Way, Nina Simone, Jan Garbarek, and Ella Fitzgerald. Originally a pure jazz festival, it opened up in the 1970s and today presents artists of nearly every imaginable music style. Jazz remains an important part of the festival.
The festival was originally held at the original Montreux Casino, which burned down in December 1971 during Frank Zappa’s performance (as referenced in “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple). The festival was held then in other auditoriums in Montreux, until it could return to the rebuilt new Casino in 1975.
As for the concert, I cannot share much due to the very strict policy of festival of no pics/recording during performances. But I saw in front row some most faithful LP fans, like Ilaria or Gaelle! I also saw the setlist, and it was a bit shorter set, 15 songs in total, so I believe a similar concert in length to the one in Poland. Usually concerts during festivals have restrictions about the time limit and they last about an hour or so.
Before the show, LP recorded acoustic version of ‘When We’re High’ on the shore of Geneva Lake, you can watch a tiny snippet on LP’s Instagram by clicking here. Both LP & Lauren shared some quick Insta-stories, my favourite was by Lauren, who just at around midnight shared video of LP singing ‘Into The Wild’, signing it “as the clock strikes midnight, you play the first song I ever heard your sing… Happy 2 year LP“.
For those unfamilair with the story, LP & Lauren first met at Canton Waterfront Park in 2014 during WTMD’s First Thursday Concert in Canton, Baltimore. They haven’t become couple until much later on, when they re-met as some party. At the concert in Switzerland LP invited Lauren on stage, wishing her happy anniversary and they shared a kiss in front of an audience. Thank you Karo for this info! For tiny interview with LP & gallery of pics of the concert click here. I will try to cover Belgium gig also today in few hours.