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Old 04.07.2011, 21:01
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Children and the Montreux Jazz Festival

Hello!

We are thinking of taking our 4 year old along to one of the free 'Music in the Park' events in the afternoon this coming weekend.
However, looking at the website,
http://www.montreuxjazz.com/2011/en/practical/children

it states children under the age of 6 are not admitted.

I can understand this for the inside concert venues (volume reasons, I guess), but does anyone know how strongly this is reinforced at the park?

Have you ever seen small children at the free afternoon music in the park?? Or did you go along to the park this weekend with your under 6 year old and get turned away??

The website states there is childcare available (a great idea).
But we actually want to take the kid along with us to the park in the afternoon!

Thanks for any tips
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Re: Children and the Montreux Jazz Festival

I was wandering around Montreux on sat and there were young children everywhere. Can't imagine how they would police that no children could stop at an open park area when such a high proportion of general foot traffic walking past are underage (but maybe I missed something).
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Re: Children and the Montreux Jazz Festival

Probably best to leave at home. It can be heaving. The loud music can't be good for young ears, nor can being crushed/trampled by the crowds.
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Old 05.07.2011, 11:41
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Re: Children and the Montreux Jazz Festival

I go down to the free concerts every year. I doubt that you would have any problems with this.
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Probably best to leave at home. It can be heaving. The loud music can't be good for young ears, nor can being crushed/trampled by the crowds.
Eeekkk!!!! Crushed and trampled
Sounds like the kind of gigs I used to go to in my student years

Surely this is not 1pm in the park on a sunny Saturday??!
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Re: Children and the Montreux Jazz Festival

IMHO the english speaking version of the website is a bit misleading.

The French version which uses the term "salles de concert" and the German version which uses "Konzerthalle" (both of them translating to "concert hall") seem to indicate that children are only banned from entering the (paying) indoor concerts and not the open-air (free) concerts in the park.
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Re: Children and the Montreux Jazz Festival

you should leave kids at home in my opinion. specially if in a stroller. everyone runs into you, you run into everyone and hold everyone back as noone makes space for the strollers. It is loud, hot, lots of smoke from the food, and really all it is (besides the actual concerts) is a bunch of homemade crafts, the guy that moves when you give him money........


Christmas market is MUCH better
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Re: Children and the Montreux Jazz Festival

Hi, coincidentally I am thinking about the same for this weekend, going to Montreux with my 3.5y boy. A friend was there at the brazilian night (last Saturday) and said she saw children about that age inside the concert venue. I am not sure how they got in and would not count on it.
However, there´s no restriction on the public areas such as a the park.
As a parent you probably exprienced already that everything is about aligning the expectations. You won´t expect to be in the first row close to the stage or doing a stage dive when you are with kids. But if you make your mind to be back there just enjoying the atmosphere, there should be no prob.

Your OP is from July 4th, if you have gone already let me know how was it.

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Re: Children and the Montreux Jazz Festival

Hi Edu,
We didn't go last weekend in the end cos the kid had a party to go to. BUT we are definitely going this Sat (last day!) to check out the free 'Music in the Park'. Had a look on-line and listened to the clips, and the band playing in the park at 1515 on Saturday sounds like it could be fun!
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