This year’s Montreux Jazz Festival has been canceled due to coronavirus pandemic.
The Montreux Jazz Festival 2020 was set to be held from July 3 to 18.
The program will be partly carried over to next year’s Festival, which will take place from July 2 to 17, 2021.
On Thursday, the Swiss Federal Council announced that it would be gradually easing some of the protective measures against the coronavirus, but keeping the majority of the necessary hygiene and social distancing measures in place, it is now impossible for us to consider holding an event on the scale of Montreux Jazz Festival in July, the organizers said in a statement.
“Public health concerns naturally take precedence over all other considerations,” they added.
This is the first time the Festival has had to be cancelled in its 53 years’ history.
Lionel Richie, Brittany Howard, Lenny Kravitz and Black Pumas were some of the artists that were scheduled to perform at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival.
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