Additional Acts Revealed For NN North Sea Jazz Festival 2018

With just over three months until the North Sea Jazz Festival returns to the Ahoy Centre in Rotterdam, the organisers have announced an additional wave of acts for the three-day event.

Joining previously announced stars such as US neo-soul legend D’Angelo, rap/rock/R&B hybrid N.E.R.D, Nigerian music sensation WizKid, R&B/soul star Khalid,and Afro-Cuban duo Ibeyi, the world’s largest indoor music festival has also confirmed Philly hip-hop ensemble The Roots (plus very special guests), genre-defying multi-instrumentalist Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, soulful singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc and new-school jazz ensemble Moonchild.

Alongside this string of heavyweight names, North Sea will play host to some of the most hotly-tipped up-and-coming acts including iconoclastic quartet Sons Of Kemet, rising star UK saxophonist Nubya Garcia and Manchester-based leftfield piano trio GoGo Penguin, as well as energetic Norwegian nu-soul group Rohey, ground-breaking Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD and jazz, grime and electronica influenced group Moses Boyd Exodus.

Running from July 13th – 15th, the three-day festival will once again take place at the Ahoy Centre in Rotterdam which can be reached in less than an hour by plane or, for the first time this year, the twice-daily train direct from London St Pancras International to Rotterdam Centraal, taking just 3hrs from city centre to city centre.

Since its inception in 1976, The North Sea Jazz Festival has built an unrivalled reputation as one of the world’s most unique and eclectic events which attracts music fans from across the globe. This year, the organisation will present more than 1000 musicians, spread out over 150 performances across 15 stages.

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Day tickets for NN North Sea Jazz Festival are on sale now and all-in tickets are available from the end of April at

Full line-up to date:

Friday 13 July:

Artist in Residence: Michael League & Snarky Puppy with Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley

The Roots + Friends

The O’Jays


Emeli Sandé


CHARLES LLOYD and the Marvels

Gary Clark Jr.

Marcus Miller

R + R = NOW with Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Taylor McFerrin, Derick Hodge and Justin Tyson




Carla Bley TRIOS

Vijay Iyer Sextet

Stanley Clarke Band

Kurt Elling Quintet with special guest Marquis Hill

Willie Colon

Maria Schneider & Ensemble Denada

Ruthie Foster with Espoo Big Band

Tord Gustavsen featuring Simin Tander

Cameron Graves Trio


Jasper Høiby’s Fellow Creatures

Jérôme Hol

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations

Durand Jones & The Indications

Saturday 14 July:

Artist in Residence: Michael League, (Michael) League (Antonio) Sanchez (Pedrito) Martinez

Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Earth Wind & Fire

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

Leon Bridges

Gregory Porter “Nat King Cole & Me and Other Songs” with Metropole Orkest

Jett Rebel

JP Cooper

GoGo Penguin

Sons of Kemet

Nubya Garcia

Pharoah Sanders Quartet

Moses Boyd Exodus

PAT METHENY w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock

Philip Catherine

Mingus Big Band

Fred Hersch Trio

Chico Freeman Plus+tet

The Quartet.NL – Herman / Beets / Bennink / Glerum


David Sanborn Acoustic Band

Con Brio

Nate Smith KINFOLK

Jazzmeia Horn

Robert Finley

Dulfer Plays Blues

Togo All Stars

Sunday 15 July:

Artist in Residence: Michael League & Bokanté with special guests



Moses Sumney

Aloe Blacc

CeeLo Green

Selah Sue

Joshua Redman special guest with Billy Hart Quartet

HUDSON – DeJohnette/Scofield/Medeski/Colley

‘Queen of Sheba’ Symphonic Creation by Angelique Kidjo and Ibrahim Maalouf

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Mathias Eick Quintet



Oumou Sangaré

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Eric Vloeimans’ Levanter


Mulatu Astatke


Daymé Arocena

Ruben Hein, Coely and Laurence Jones

Stern/Randy Brecker Band featuring Dennis Chambers & Tom Kennedy

Harold Lopez Nussa Trio with Pedrito Martinez and Gregoire Maret

Mulatu Astatke

Keyon Harrold

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

Ramón Valle Trio

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