The organizers of the Montreux festival, one of the most important musical events in Europe, announced this Friday that this year’s edition, scheduled for July 3-18, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was announced a day after the Swiss government established a three-phase plan to restore normality in the country, which foresees the opening of most shops and public spaces on June 11 but maintaining the current hygiene measures. and social distancing.
“Given this, it is impossible to hold a festival scale event in July, as it happens with other summer festivals in Switzerland and in the world, “the organization said in a statement, stressing that currently” public health has priority over other considerations. “
It is the first time that the festival, in which great pop, rock and jazz stars of the last half century have participated, has been canceled in its 53-year history.
«Until the last moment we hoped to be able to share magical moments with many people who, like us, cannot imagine a summer without the Montreux Festival», Highlights the statement.
The organization indicates that it is negotiating with some of the artists who had already confirmed for the 2020 edition, such as Lionel Ritchie, Brittany Howard, Lenny Kravitz and Black Pumas, to perform in the next edition of the festival, from July 2 to 17, 2021.
Switzerland’s other great summer date with music, the Paleo Festival in Nyon, also announced on Thursday the cancellation of its next edition, initially scheduled for July 20 to 26, 2020. E