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The Montreux Jazz Festival takes place annually in July in Montreux, Switzerland. After Canada's Montreal International Jazz Festival, it's the world's second largest such event.
Originally founded as a pure jazz event in 1967, the festival came to present musicians from all over the world representing other music styles as well, although the main focus has remained jazz. The festival now runs for about two weeks, drawing international audiences of more than 200,000 people.
Music greats like U.S. superstar Pharrell Wiliams, British rock icon Robert Plant and Scottish singer Amy Macdonald are all appearing at this year's Montreux Jazz Festival. Its carefully curated programs have established it as the most important music festival in Europe, attracting more than 200 000 visitors to Lake Geneva every year .