First names Gent Jazz 2021!

Sting, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison,
Agnes Obel, Gregory Porter, Ibrahim Maalouf,
AliA, Black Flower, Antoine Pierre URBEX & Compro Oro

Against all the odds, a small-scale edition of Gent Jazz took place this summer. And yes, that sure was fun! But now, it’s time to get down to the real thing. And when we say “the real thing,” we mean “the most dizzying line-up in the history of Gent Jazz!” Or are we not being modest enough? 😉

Next year’s edition will take place from July 8 to 17. It will feature three headliners that should have performed at the festival this summer: the British pop icon Sting (July 14), the just as legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison (July 11), and the legend in the making Ibrahim Maalouf (July 9). (Yes, Sting has made the line-up of Gent Jazz for the third consecutive year, and we all know third time’s a charm, right?)

But wait! We’re adding three more headliners of the same calibre to the bill: Herbie Hancock (July 10) can safely be described as the godfather of contemporary jazz, Gregory Porter (July 17) as the (jazz) voice of his generation, and Agnes Obel (July 15) as the queen of melancholy.

And to show our continued support for the Belgian jazz scene, we’re also already adding Black Flower(July 9), Antoine Pierre URBEX (July 10), Compro Oro (July 11), and AliA (July 10). The latter will not only perform – AliA is one of the most talented DJs in the country – she will also curate the Garden Stage that day.

Tickets for July 9, 10, 11, 15 & 17 will go on sale right away at

Ticket sales for July 14 (Sting) will start on September 25, after everyone who has bought a ticket for this year’s festival day with Sting has had the chance to redeem his voucher. For the same reason, Golden Circle tickets for July 11 (Van Morrison) will not go on sale before September 25. Ticket buyers will be notified personally.

Gent Jazz director Bertrand Flamang is delighted to put the festival back on track after a particularly challenging year for the music industry. “Not only that, but the enthusiasm of the artists is also tremendous. They are all looking forward to it immensely, and we are probably looking forward to it even more! Gent Jazz 2021 will be – I don’t think I’m exaggerating – the most special edition in the history of the festival.”