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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 2014
    Stevie Wonder
    Pharell Williams
    Al Jarreau
    Robin Thicke
    Quincy Jones
    Joss Stone
    Chic & Nile Rodgers
    Neneh Cherry

    Tickets North Sea Jazz 2014
    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: Netherlands Architecture Institute, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Museum Ship ss Rotterdam and Kunsthal.

    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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  • DIRECTIONS North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam

    North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam by public transport
    The North Sea Jazz Festival is held in Rotterdam's multifunctional centre Ahoy in the South of Rotterdam, near the Zuidplein Mall. You can easily reach Ahoy Rotterdam by Metro or Bus, stop Zuidplein. Plan your trip at It's free of charge. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.

    North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam by car
    If you come by car, follow directions to Ahoy on the Ring Motorway (A15 South - exit Zuidplein/Ahoy). You can pay to park your car in front of Ahoy; a lot of parking spots are available here. When travelling to Ahoy, you might encounter some traffic nuisance, especially at major events! Parking at Ahoy costs €12,50. If this parking lot is full, you can pay to park in the Zuidplein Mall garage. From there it’s a 5 minute walk to Ahoy.

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  • DATES North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam 2014

    North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam
    The North Sea Jazz Festival is an annual event in Rotterdam. The 39th edition takes place on Friday 11 July till Sunday 13 July 2014. 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 27 June till Sunday 13 July 2014.

  • ADMISSION North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam 2014

    North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam Ahoy

    Ticket Sale North Sea Jazz 2014

    3 Days excl. Plus concerts


    All in NSJ Ticket


    One Day Ticket NSJ


    Junior Ticket (under 16)


    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.

  • CONTACT North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam

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    North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam
    Ahoy Concert Hall Rotterdam
    Ahoy-weg 10
    3084 BA Rotterdam (South)

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  • REVIEWS North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam

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    14 Jul 2014, Jerome c Graves, Barstow, Ca. 

    Joss Stone is awesome.


    16 Jul 2012, klaus, berlin 

    i think the northseajazz festival changed a lot and became very commercial, too expensive, a beer costs 2,50 euro, when you enter the festvial you are standing in food and cd shops , you feel like in a shoppingmall, no actual information is printed i... read more »


    11 Jul 2011, De komkommer, utrecht 

    Ik vond het optreden van Prince op de 1e dag heel slecht. Het geluid was erg slecht afgesteld en stond alleen maar keihard. Geen enkel nummer van vroeger gehoord van Prince, daar ga je toch ook voor.
    Voortijdig de zaal verlaten ik vond het gewoon ba... read more »

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