Seal, Santana and Sting to play Montreux jazz fest

Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:45pm EDT
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* Line-up for prestigious event announced early after leaks

* Tributes to B.B. King, Miles Davis at July festival

GENEVA (Reuters Life!) - Seal, Santana and Sting will play the 45th annual Montreux Jazz Festival, whose July 1-16 programme was revealed two days early because of leaks, organizers said on Tuesday.

Festival founder Claude Nobs was due to announce the line-up for one of Europe's most prestigious music events on Thursday, coinciding with tickets going on sale.

But the programme appeared on the Internet, and soon afterwards in Swiss media, on Tuesday, leading organizers to post the entire line-up except for two events. "There were leaks, but I can't confirm we were hacked," spokesman Pascal Buchs told Reuters.

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin open on Friday, July 1 in the Stravinski Auditorium and return to the stage two nights later along with Susan Tedeschi and others in a tribute to blues king B.B. King, who plays his own gig on July 2.

Montreux regulars George Benson, Diana Krall and Dr. John will offer a gala concert on July 5 in honor of the 75th birthday of American producer Tommy LiPuma. Puerto Rican-born pop star Ricky Martin follows the next night.

Paolo Nutini (July 7), Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire (July 10) and Grammy-winning American newcomer Esperanza Spalding (July 12) are also booked at the lakeside festival.

Sting's concert on July 11, when he will perform his greatest hits with an orchestra, is already sold out after being announced as a teaser last month. Seal follows on July 12.   Continued...