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KajaGooGoo The Montreux ‘Rose d’Or’ Festival 1984

May 3, 2011
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Kajagoogoo – The Montreux ‘Rose d’Or’ Festival, 1984
by theraggedtiger


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…

2011 KajaFax

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Madison Skipworth permalink
    May 3, 2011 8:39 pm

    where do you find all this stuff! it’s great, i’m too young to remember it but i wish i was old enough to have enjoyed it at the time 🙂

    • TheRaggedTiger permalink
      May 3, 2011 9:23 pm

      all my fave bands played the Montreux Pop Festival. I had the ’87 footage on an old video 2000 tape, but like a lot of my old footage, it no longer exists.

      It”s a shame that the festival doesn’t seem to carry the same weight nowadays, and also that BBC2 have not covered the event in years!

      Very much an event of it’s time. 🙂

      • May 3, 2011 10:12 pm

        I had no idea all of this existed! One of my favourite things of KajaFax is that I keep learning all the time!

  2. Denny permalink
    May 4, 2011 3:09 am

    I have part of the ’85 festival on a DVD that a friend made for me. I think that one was split over 2 or 3 shows and I have one of them. It featured Culture Club, Dead Or Alive and Elton John among others. Also appearing that year were Duran Duran and Depeche Mode but they are not the show I have. It was presented my Noel Edmunds that year.

    I believe much longer versions of the festival’s were broadcast in Europe with longer sets from the artists.

  3. lulu permalink
    May 4, 2011 3:05 pm

    i remember when they went to this. if it was today i would have gone, montreux is lovely (i have lived in switzerland not far from there) and I remeber the lads being very pleased to be asked. I seem to recall they were very chuffed about being asked anyway.

    • TheRaggedTiger permalink
      May 4, 2011 4:40 pm

      The Montreux Festival was ace. I loved it as a teen, as all my fave acts played it.

      They really need to bring it back…

      Lulu – you should have gone!

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