Its been 11 long years since the Montreux Jazz Festival last came to in Singapore in 2005, and we're glad to hear that the legendary half-century old musical showcase will be making its return to the Lion City in the form of its renowned Montreux Jazz Café franchise.
Bringing together contemporary cuisine, intimate live performances and lush dramatic interiors, Singapore's version of the famed Swiss establishment will be showcasing beats and treats from the East and West alongside regular performances from "local and global talent and tastebuds."
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Being the international brand extension of the Montreux Jazz Festival, it's programming will indeed be rooted in jazz and blues, but throughout its iterations all over the world, Montreux Jazz Café has always embraced the spirit of improvisation to spotlight varied artists from a multitude of genres including rock, pop, world music and hip-hop - and Singapore will be no different.
Although set to officially launch in early October, Montreux Jazz Café Singapore has already opened its doors last weekend during the Singapore Grand Prix. Featuring live performances from acts such as Syndicate's NADA and TAJ's Tim De Cotta alongside DJ sets from veterans like Tropical Temple's Kusto and CÉ LA VI resident Ramesh, you can already see the venue's eclectic ethos come to life.
Situated in Pan Pacific Orchard, Montreux Jazz Café might feel intimate, but the new space actually holds a capacity for up to 500 patrons - hosting a healthy balance between vibrant gigs ad upscale dining.
"Montreux Jazz Café Singapore will become the crown jewel of live music royalty as the only venue of its kind in Asia. Our cafes are ambassadors for the Montreux Jazz Festival and Singapore now joins the likes of Zurich, Paris and Abu Dhabi as a world-leader in jazz-inspired music and upscale dining,” explains Montreux Jazz Festival Director Mathieu Jaton.
Swiss Ambassador to Singapore, Thomas Kupfer adds, “The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the most loved and exciting musical brands globally, so we believe the opening of the Montreux Jazz Café in Singapore will undoubtedly be received very enthusiastically by a wide and diverse audience from around the region who not only enjoy live music, but are looking for experiential entertainment and dining."
Even local jazz-great Jeremy Monteiro sounded positively thrilled, “It was a great pleasure that I learned that the Montreux Jazz Cafe will be opening in Singapore. The Montreux Jazz Cafe will allow me to re-live my memories of my enjoyable visits to Montreux and will allow Singaporean music fans to enjoy the eclectic music of Montreux which is jazz, blues and beyond!”
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