montreux jazz festival contest thomann
Apply and win a slot to play at the Montreux jazz festival

Apply and win a slot to play at the Montreux jazz festival

We’ve received an incredible number of applications from talented artists and musicians from around the globe 🎶🌎  The diversity and quality of submissions have truly impressed us, showcasing a wide range of styles and influences. Now, the power is in your hands to decide who will move on to the next phase of the competition. This is a unique opportunity for these artists to get one step closer to performing on the prestigious stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival ’24 🎷

Your vote is crucial in helping these musicians achieve their dreams. Make your voice heard and support your favorite artists by voting 👉 here

The Montreux Jazz Festival—an icon among music festivals. Stars such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Prince have cemented their legacies here with unforgettable performances. Notably, the iconic song “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple was crafted on the shores of Lake Geneva during the Montreux Jazz Festival.

For any musician, gracing the stage of this unparalleled music festival would be an absolute honour. And now, that dream could become a reality! Brace yourself: To celebrate the 70th anniversary of THOMANN, we are offering a chance to win a performance slot at this legendary music event in collaboration with our partners Shure and Montreux Jazz Festival. The festival runs from July 5 to July 20, 2024.


Win a Performance & Prize Package!

In this Contest, we invite talented artists and bands to apply now for a chance to win an unforgettable performance on July 18 at 10:30 PM CET at at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival.
The prize package includes not only a slot at the festival but also top-notch equipment from Shure and coverage for travel and accommodation, offering you a spot at one of the globe’s most spectacular music events.


Our Top 3 will receive the following prizes:

🥇 1st Place: Shure Equipment* worth 7000€ PLUS 3000€ artists fee
🥈 2nd Place: Shure Equipment* worth 5000€
🥉 3rd Place: Shure Equipment* worth 3000€

*The equipment won’t be chosen by us, the winners will be allowed to select whatever Shure equipment fits their needs.


Process & Application

Register (with your band) from May 6 to May 20, 2024. After registration, our community will vote here on the blog to determine the top three artists from the top 10 contenders. A jury will then decide which act will perform at the Montreux Festival. The winner will be announced both here on the blog and across our social media platforms on June 21, 2024. We eagerly await your entries—good luck!

Contest Schedule

  • May 6 – May 20, 2024: Application Phase
  • May 22 – June 5, 2024: Top 10 Community Voting
  • June 6 – June 20, 2024: Jury Voting
  • June 21, 2024: Winner Announcement

Click here for the full terms and conditions.

Apply here with this form!



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Lawrence started playing the electric guitar because of his passion for rock music. Back in the day he played in a metal band, but now plays more for himself.


    It would be the greatest honor to play in Switzerland!

    We would love to play in Switzerland!!

    Dear Thomann and Musicians of the World,

    We Generation Gap Experiment wish all Musicians taking part in the Montreux Jazz Festival Band Contest all the best.

    Kind Regards from Athens Greece and let your Music speak live,
    Generation Gap Experiment

    Amazing contest, can’t wait the see the top 10 contenders!

    The Redbeds should win for sure !

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