Here comes the summer.


You know summer has arrived when the festival season kicks off in Switzerland--but that doesn't mean you have to dig out your wellies and make for a muddy field. Only last year, I escaped from a torrential downpour to watch Jack Johnson perform at Locarno's Moon & Stars from a cosy on-site restaurant. From the elegant to the wacky, there are festivals for everyone--and to help you navigate the array on offer, we have compiled a guide to this festival summer (page 33).

One man who made festivals his business is Swiss visionary Claude Nobs. Prior to the 46th edition of his 'baby'--the Montreux International Jazz Festival--he tells us how he attracts the best of the world's established and up-and-coming musicians (page 16). Joining the ranks at Montreux this year is Scottish songstress Amy Macdonald, who reveals why she wants to be known for her music rather than the shoes she wears (page 20). And continuing the festivals theme, we pose 10 questions to the musician behind the lion hair and top hat--legendary Guns N' Roses read guitarist Slash (page 8).

Festivals might be integral to the summer months, but July and August wouldn't be the...

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