Summer music festivals

Although July is set to be a crucial time in the working life of the Laboratory, the CERN clubs have organised musical events to make sure that there’s also a chance to chill out and relax.

The group Blend at the 2007 Hardronic Festival. From left to right (on stage): Eric Pfirsch, Stephan Petit, Frédéric Lejal, Niklaus Hirt, Paulo Dos Santos with Laurent Tarrano filming.

If you have a strong appetite for music the ‘Monts Jura Jazz Festival’, might tempt you this summer. Sponsored by both the CERN Administration and the Staff Association, it is an established highlight of the local arts calendar and will this year be held on 4 and 5 July in Crozet, France. For the third year running established musicians, stars of the jazz scene, and rising talent from France, Switzerland and Brazil will be joining forces to perform an exiting mixture of jazz music. A ‘master class’ in improvisation methods will also be held on Saturday afternoon. To book a place in the master class and to see the full programme visit:

Like the recent relay race and ‘Music on the Lawn’, the Hardronic Festival organised by the MusiClub and Softball Club is a regular fixture on the CERN calendar, adding an extra dimension to the life of CERN. This year the 19th of these annual festivals will take place on 19 July on the lawn of Restaurant No. 3 on the Prévessin site. A total of 9 MusiClub and international bands will provide an eclectic selection of music catering to all tastes: blues, rock, jazz, bossanova, garage and alternative pop rock. The concerts will start at 4.00 p.m. and go on late into the night. Meals and drinks will be on sale and there will be entertainment for children, including a bouncy castle and face painting sessions (organised by If you are interested in helping out, send an e-mail to:

For the full programme, go to:

Entrance is free for both events!