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Montreux Jazzfest ticket sales rise sharply

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Montreux Jazzfest ticket sales rise sharply
Prince, one of this year's headliners, performed three concerts. Photo: AFP
22:49 CEST+02:00
The 47th Montreux Jazz Festival wrapped up on Sunday after 18 days with organizers saying they were happy with increased attendance and rosy revenues.

Featuring the likes of Sting, Prince, Deep Purple and Leonard Cohen, the festival sold 105,000 tickets, a 46 percent increase over the previous year, festival director Mathieu Jaton is quoted as saying by 20 Minutes online.

“We are proud and happy,” said Jaton who took over the reins of the festival this year after founding director Claude Nobs died in January.

“Our new venue, the Club surpassed all our expectations,” he said.

This year’s edition of the festival paid tribute to Nobs, with musicians such as George Benson and Quincy Jones making their personal notes of appreciation, and the municipality of Montreux added to the honours on Friday.

The municipality announced that it would rename a section of the high street — between the Plaza and the Petit Palais — Avenue Claude Nobs.

One sour note sounded during the festival when its daily publication Montreux Jazz Chronicle inadvertently used a photo of a child murdered in France 29 years ago to promote its child day-care centre.

The photo of Grégory Villemin appeared in the Montreux Jazz Chronicle on July 13th.

The parents of the child, whose murder has never been solved, were “scandalized” by the development, according to their lawyer, and the festival was forced to issue an apology.

The blunder was largely forgotten as Swiss media summed up the festival in generally positive terms.

Jaton said despite a bigger budget — 25 million francs ($26.6 million), up three million francs from the previous year — the festival covered its costs.

“We took great risks, but that paid off,” the festival director told 20 Minutes.

“All of a sudden, with all these positive points, we have a lot of pressure for the next year, Jaton said.

The 48th edition of the festival is set to run from July 4th to 19th 2014.

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