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Björk, Stormzy, Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers and The Smile lead Montreux Jazz Festival line-up for 2022

13 April 2022, 10:00 | Written by The Line of Best Fit

Montreux Jazz Festival has revealed the programme for the 56th edition of the Swiss music festival, which runs across two weeks at the start of July on the Lake Geneva shoreline.

Björk returns to perform - 24 years after her last appearance at Montreux - while Stormzy is making his first appearance at the event. They're joined by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Phoebe Bridgers, Mitski, and Clairo, alongside a handful of legendary musicians from jazz and beyond: Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross, as well as Norwegian synth-pop trio A-Ha.

Performances during the event's two weeks will take place across the festival’s two venues, the Auditorium Stravinski and the Montreux Jazz Lab, plus a series of free stages.

Montreux Jazz Lab wil host performances from the likes of Loyle Carner, Michael Kiwanuka, Nubya Garcia, Black Pumas, Gabriels, Nubya Garcia, and Self Esteem. Years & Years, Girlin Red, and Radiohead side-project The Smile are also set to appear at the event.

An new edition to the festival this year is the Lake House - a large three-story residence will play host to ten rooms, each offering a unique experience. Open 24 hours a day, the public will be able to wander freely, enjoying unique experiences ranging from the musical, visual, educational or technological. With bars and lounges on each floor, this large house will be a perfect place to enjoy the festival in a lively and intimate setting. Every day until 5am, the Coupole and the Loggia will be the festival’s top night-time hangouts, with DJ sets. A small quasi-secret room, L’Alcôve will host daily podcasts with prominent guests. Kitted out with cutting-edge sound and visual facilities on the middle floor, the Cinema and the Library, will invite the public to delve into three outstanding artistic collections - more than 300 Live at Montreux vinyls, numerous videos of festival concerts and Switzerland’s largest collection of books on jazz and current music. The Boudoir and the Gallery will complete this floor with projects themed around innovation and new technologies. On the ground floor, an American jazz club, the Memphis, will be dedicated to jazz music in all its forms. The atmosphere will change throughout the evening, with workshops and creations, concerts by up-and-coming groups and the legendary jam sessions.

Montreux Jazz Festival will announce further artists for the 56th edition in the coming months; find out more at

The full line-up announced today is below, with day splits:

1 July
Dino Brando
Sophie Hunger

2 July
Emile Zoe
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Pierrer De Maere
Years & Years

3 July
Björk with Sinfonietta de Lausanne
November Ultra
Tom Rosenthal

4 July
John Legend

5 July
Sabrina Claudio
Paolo Nutini
Self Esteem

6 July
Melody Gardot
Gregory Porter
Black Pumas
Michael Kiwanuka

7 July
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Lady Blackbird
Nubya Garcia
Marc Rebillet

8 July
Dutronc & Dutronc

9 July
Diana Ross
Fred Again..

10 July
Lous and the Yakuza
Girl In Red

11 July
John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension with Jany McPerson
Alan Parsons Live Project

12 July
Robert Stillman
The Smile

13 July
Might Oaks
​Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
La Fève
Lala &Ce

14 July
Asaf Avidan
Ibrahim Maalouf

15 July
Van Morrison
Jeff Beck with special guest
Yussef Dayes
Loyle Carner

16 July
Herbie Hancock
Jamie Cullum
Arlo Parks
Patrick Watson
Phoebe Bridgers

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