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Janelle Monae, Bob Dylan, Wet Leg, Lil Nas X and Caroline Polachek lead 2023 Montreux Jazz Festival line up

05 April 2023, 10:00 | Written by The Line of Best Fit

Montreux Jazz Festival has announced an era and genre-spanning line-up for its 2023 event that sees Wet Leg, Ava Max, Lil Nas X and Caroline Polachek rubbing shoulders with legends Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Iggy Pop and Lionel Ritchie.

Now in its 57th year the Lake Geneva-based event – which began began showcasing other styles of music since the 1970s – will play host to an incredible list of names, with the first wave being announced today and including: Bob Dylan, Sam Smith, Lil Nas X, Janelle Monaìe, Norah Jones, Lionel Richie, Chilly Gonzales, Christine And The Queens, Mark Ronson, Maluma. Simply Red. Wet Leg. Nile Rodgers & Chic, Loyle Carner, Jacob Collier, Iggy Pop, Ava Max, Freya Ridings, Caroline Polachek, Arya Starr, Rema, Chris Isaak and more.

The artists will perform across two weeks at Montreux – from 30 June to 15 July – in two venues: the Auditorium Stravinski and the Montreux Jazz Lab.

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Sam Smith will play for the first time at the Auditorium Stravinski, eight years after their concert at the Montreux Jazz Lab. A longstanding fan of Montreux who attends most years, Smith says: "This festival reminds me why I love music so much. If you haven’t been to Montreux for the festival, please go. It will change your life.”

Among some of the day highlights: Gayle,Cavetown and Caroline Polachek will play sets on the 3 July, while IDLES, Wet Leg and Lovejoy will perform on 10 July, Janelle Monáe,Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Mark Ronson will close out the event on the 15 Jly.

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