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May 22, 2018

More than 150 performances will take place across 15 stages during Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz (cap. 20,000) festival.

Lauded by organisers Live Nation-owned Mojo Concerts as the world’s largest indoor music festival, the event at Rotterdam Ahoy (15,000) has been running since 1976.

“Since our move to Rotterdam in 2006, we have been improving the festival site constantly, to enhance the comfort of our audience and artistes,” says festival director Jan Willem Luyken. “We have also invested in the experience, adding new elements to our F&B, decoration, fringe programs, art exhibitions and music clinics.”

Acts playing the festival include Khalid, Gregory Porter, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Earth, Wind & Fire. Taking place from 13-15 July, day tickets start from €79 ($94), with three-day tickets costing €215 ($255).

“In general, the concept has remained the same for 43 years, with a strong base of jazz and all its subgenres, combined with today’s big stars of soul, blues, R&B, hip-hop and pop,” adds Luyken. “This has made North Sea Jazz into a timeless and ageless music festival.”

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