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  • North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam

    North Sea Jazz: the world's biggest jazz festival
    The North Sea Jazz Festival at the Ahoy Concert Hall in Rotterdam is the world’s biggest indoor jazz festival with 13 stages, around 200 shows and 1500 musicians. North Sea Jazz offers many musical genres ranging from traditional New Orleans jazz, swing, bop, free jazz, fusion, avant garde jazz and electronic jazz to blues, gospel, funk, soul, hiphop, R&B, world beat and Latin. It’s impossible to see all performances, as at North Sea Jazz each single stage offers five performances, every evening! Tip for beginners in Jazz: Check out the largest stage in Ahoy called Nile.

    Big jazz legends visit Rotterdam...
    Many great jazz legends have performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival over the years: Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Nat Adderley, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Tony Bennett, Santana, Alicia Keys, Youssou N'Dour, Erykah Badu, The Brecker Brothers, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Al Jarreau, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, Bugge Wesseltoft, John Zorn and Joe Zawinul.

    And also brand new jazz talent
    Besides these jazz legends, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam gives newcomers a chance to make it to the stage. Every year, The North Sea Jazz Festival presents the Paul Acket Award to an artist for his/her exceptional musicianship. Some of the talents that were introduced at the North Sea Jazz Festival to a European audience for the first time include Shirley Horn, Tania Maria, Roy Hargrove and Rachelle Ferrell.

    Lineup North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam 2016
    The Roots
    Earth, Wind & Fire
    Level 42
    Pharrell Williams
    Simply Red

    Tickets North Sea Jazz 2016
    The North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam is not cheap, but your day pass entitles you to see most shows, except the so called plus concerts, for which an additional fee is required. With your NSJ ticket you get a discount with these museums Nederlands Fotomuseum and Museum Boijmans - Van Beuningen.

    North Sea Round Town
    During the three weeks prior to the big North Sea Jazz weekend, Rotterdam is home of jazz music. During these two warming up weeks you can see 200 different performances on big stages. At North Sea Round Town, there are shows in the Park at he Euromast, Hotel New YorkLantarenVenster, in the Old Harbour and aboard the ss Rotterdam. Most shows of North Sea Round Town are free.

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  • PARKING North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam

    Ahoy Rotterdam by public transport
    Rotterdam's multi-functional venue Ahoy Rotterdam is located in the South of Rotterdam, near the Zuidplein Mall. You can easily reach Ahoy Rotterdam by Metro or Bus, stop Zuidplein. From there it's a 5 minute walk. Plan your trip at www.9292.nl. It's free of charge. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.

    Parking at Ahoy Rotterdam
    Follow directions to Ahoy on the Ring Motorway (A15 South - exit 19a Zuidplein/Ahoy). You can pay to park your car at the Ahoy parking lots P1 - P6. Payment in advance. Parking at Ahoy costs €12,50. If this parking lot is full, you can pay to park in the Zuidplein car park. From there it’s a 5 minute walk to Rotterdam Ahoy.

  • DATES North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam 2016

    North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam
    The North Sea Jazz Festival is an annual event in Rotterdam. The 41st edition takes place on Friday 8 July till Sunday 10 July 2016. Shows start around 5 pm till 1 am and on Sunday from 3 till midnight.

    North Sea Round Town
    The Jazz theme weeks in Rotterdam take place from Friday 26 June till Sunday 12 July 2015.

  • TICKETS North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam 2016

    North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam Ahoy

    Tickets North Sea Jazz 2016

    3 Days excl. Plus concerts€200,00
    All in NSJ Ticket€269,00
    One Day Ticket NSJ€85,00
    Junior Ticket (under 16)€20,00

    Where to buy North Sea Jazz Tickets
    Tickets available via the NSJ website, or at the Ahoy Multifunctional Centre box offices. Tickets are subject to a 10% reservation fee with a maximum of €10,00.

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