"These 5,000 hours of music represent the world's biggest collection of taped live concerts," said Claude Nobs, who founded the event in the Swiss Lake Geneva town in 1967. "It's so important that UNESCO is looking into classifying the archive as a part of our world cultural heritage."

Nobs, ۷۶, started recording the festivals after finding out in ۱۹۶۸ that a Swiss television company had wiped a cassette featuring Ella Fitzgerald to record a football match. Since then, Nobs kept his archive safe in a bunker on the grounds of his chalet in Caux, Switzerland. Work began to digitalize the footage in ۲۰۰۸ and will take ۱۵,۰۰۰ hours in total.

Members of the public will soon be able to view the concerts in a specially - designed two - seater booth(above) unveiled by Lausanne ' s Ecole Polytechnique(EPFL) in Renens. " For me the booth is a wonderful thing because I never got to see concerts from the auditorium, " said Nobs. " It recreates the festival atmosphere totally. "

The 46th Montreux Jazz Festival takes place this year from June 29 to July 14 and will feature Bob Dylan, Alanis Morissette, Jane Birkin and Herbie Hancock.