KATE TEMPEST & NILS FRAHM are coming to Ghent Jazz!

After the living legends Sting (sold out) and Van Morrison, this summer Ghent Jazz will also have two slightly younger, but by no means less remarkable headliners: Kate Tempest (17/7) and Nils Frahm (18/7).

The first released her latest uppercut in a row last year with the album The Book of Traps and Lessons, thereby securing her title as the most important rapper of her generation. The second one only has to let his little finger slide over the keyboard of a piano and a composition comes out that is as ingenious as it is seductive.

Note: Tempest and Frahm are signed up for two top concerts this summer! We would even bet money on it, if the odds were not so bad.

Below you will find more information about the two new names at Ghent Jazz, which takes place this year from 8 to 18 July. We have already confirmed:
12/7: Van Morrison, Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama, Compro Oro
14/7: Sting, Novastar (solo) , Stef Kamil Carlens – SOLD OUT

The advance ticket sale for 17/7 (Kate Tempest) and 18/7 (Nils Frahm) starts immediately via gentjazz.com – the only official sales channel.
Kate Tempest

In her relatively short career, Kate Tempest has already managed to scrape together two nominations for the Mercury Prize – the leading British music award. As much as Oasis, The xx and alt-J. OK, in an ideal world she would also have cashed in on those nominations but, admit it, this is not bad for a quirky rapper from a London suburb who is busy with literature half the time, theatre – Guy Cassiers based his theatre performance Tiresias on one of her texts – and poetry. It will therefore come as no surprise that Kate Tempest brings a mix of hip hop and spoken word, but it is surprising that she even influenced Jay-Z. After her (super) producer Rick Rubin let the rapper hear some demos from her most recent album The Book of Traps and Lessons, he suddenly said: “OK, I’m going home. I know what I need to do now. ”A few months later, Jay-Z released 4:44, by far his best and most introspective album in years. That is the effect that Kate Tempest has on people. And demi-gods.

Nils Frahm

You have undoubtedly heard that the piano is hot again, but even with an ever-growing number of competitors there is still no one as hot as Nils Frahm. The Berlin pianist, composer and – not least – dogged synthesizer enthusiast is still – fifteen years after his first album – being praised by both piano experts and incurable hipsters. He has already released almost twenty albums and EPs, was mentioned in one breath with Steve Reich, Keith Jarrett and electronics pioneer Thomas Fehlman, and has worked with everyone from Ólafur Arnalds to DJ Shadow to Woodkid, with whom he wrote the music for the short film ELLIS by the French street artist JR with Robert De Niro. But Frahm has made the biggest impression by far in the past two decades with his concerts. Accompanied by ‘no more’ than a battery of pianos, Moog synthesizers, Fender Rhodes and other vintage toys, this ridiculously talented musician leave his audience with open mouths every time. A concert by Nils Frahm is in fact not even a concert anymore, but a musical high mass with cooler organs, heavenly sounds and – we’ll take care of that! – better wine.

Ghent Jazz invests in young musical talent – rap poet Kate Tempest (17/7) and virtuoso Nils Frahm (18/7). Van Morrison and Sting are also coming to Ghent Jazz this year. Ticket sales have started and are available through gentjazz.com.