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International music legends line up for Montreux Jazz Festival

A host of heavyweights from the international music scene are to attend this year's Montreux Jazz Festival. The line-up, which has just been unveiled, includes the likes of the blues star, B.B. King, and the rock legends, Van Morrison and Lou Reed.

A host of heavyweights from the international music scene are to attend this year's Montreux Jazz Festival. The line-up for the 34th edition was unveiled on Wednesday, and includes the likes of the blues star, B.B. King, and the rock legends, Van Morrison and Lou Reed.

Running from July 7 to 15, the Montreux festival is unique. Against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Geneva, the event covers a vast array of musical genres - from Jazz, Rock and Blues, to Soul, Funk and Reggae. Latino, African and Celtic music are also great favourites with the crowds, and this year visitors will be regaled with the soul-warming sounds of Brazil - from forro to afro-maracau - courtesy of Elba Ramalho and Nana Vasconcelos.

Kicking off the festival on opening night will be rock band ZZ Top, Joe Santini and Huey Lewis. On July 9, the festival pays tribute to Serge Gainsbourg, with a star-studded line-up, including Jane Birkin, Alain Bashung, Jacques Higelin, Miossec and Mathieu Chédid. George Duke will direct the performance.

Al Jarreau takes centre-stage on July 10, and George Benson a week later. Pianist Keith Jarrett will mark his return to Montreux on July 17, teaming up with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer, Jack deJohnette. The French group, Les Négresses Vertes, will perform two days later.

Since the festival was first held in 1967, world-renowned artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin have graced the stages at Montreux, along with Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega, and Switzerland's own Laurence Revey. B.B. King and Van Morrison will be playing the festival out, on July 22.

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