KajaGooGoo The Montreux ‘Rose d’Or’ Festival 1984
Kajagoogoo – The Montreux ‘Rose d’Or’ Festival, 1984
Montreux is a municipality located on the north east shore of Lake Geneva, at the foot of the Swiss Alps. The ‘Rose d’Or’ or ‘Golden Rose’ Festival draws together the best of the year’s new music and entertainment, showcasing it in one of Europe’s most stunningly beautiful settings. The festival is televised by ‘Télévision Suisse Romande’, and is networked to broadcasters all over Europe.
The golden age of the festival was most certainly in the 1980’s, when it became for many, a defining event in the musical calendar.
The festival was traditionally held in May, and attracted the European media ‘en masse’. The UK was usually represented by the likes of Radio 1 disc jockeys Gary Davies and Peter Powell, with the event being broadcast in the UK by the BBC.
The chart topping line-up at that time would typically feature acts such as Duran Duran, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Howard Jones. Some acts made quite an impression, most notably ‘Queen’, who as usual made their appearance at the event something to remember. Freddie Mercury thought Montreux to be so special that he made it his home, where there now stands a statue in his honour.
The festival did however attract much criticism, as most of the acts performing lip synched to a backing track! Tut tut…
Kajagoogoo played the festival in 1984. KajaFax is unaware of the full set list, but we do know that it included ‘The Lion’s Mouth’ and ‘Turn Your Back on Me’. For those who want to re-live the experience, here is what appears to be the only available clip from that 1984 appearance, filmed in the grounds of the ‘Chateau de Chillon as pictured above.
Ironically, the festival was moved from Montreux to Lucerne in the early 2000’s…