Montreux Jazz Festival is the king of all music festivals. Started in 1967 by Claude Nobs, Montreux has hosted the worlds top musicians from Miles Davis to Ray Charles to David Bowie. Although it still keeps the Jazz Festival name, visitors should be aware that it is no longer exclusively a Jazz Festival. Musicians of all types come annually to this king of Festivals.
Montreux has a long history with artists. Queen had a recording studio in Montreux and recorded most of their albums here. Freddy Mercury loved Montreux so much, he had an apartment here. There is a monument to Freddy Mercury on the Montreux promenade. Band members from Deep Purple witness the burning of the Montreux casion in 1971 which inspired them to write the legendary song Smoke on the Water.