Wim Mertens, Joep Beving, Theo Lawrence & The Hearts and Boogie Belgique. Gent Jazz Festival line-up complete!

The 17th edition of Gent Jazz Festivals starts in just over 20 days on the Bijloke site in Ghent. The festival already announced names such as Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Sir Tom Jones, Paolo Conte, Pharoah Sanders, all-star band Hudson (with John Scofield and Jack DeJohnette among others), the Roots and Selah Sue. The already impressive list has now been finalised. On July 1st, Wim Mertens and Joep Beving join Belgian pride Melanie De Biasio on the Main Stage while on July 3rd, Boogie Belgique will swing the night away after Tom Jones’s concert and Theo Lawrence & The Hearts gets your heart rate up. Day tickets, as well as multi-day passes, are for sale on www.gentjazz.com

On July 1st, the piano takes the lead!

On Sunday 1 July, the day on which wonder woman Melanie De Biasio is the rightful headliner, Belgium’s most famous composer Wim Mertens will be raising the festival roof. He became world renowned thanks to his hit “Struggle For Pleasure”. The concerts of this man, who has released over 65 albums, have you tumble from one poetic wonder into another. He sells out concert halls all over the world, most recently in Mexico City. Before Mertens, Dutchman Joep Beving brings the entire tent into a state of trance. He who once composed at his kitchen table in the dead of night, is now called the new Nils Frahm or Max Richter. The latter’s label did not hesitate for a second to sign him on. Songs like “Midwayer” and “The Light She Brings” each account for more than 25 million Spotify streams. Tomorrow’s big stars can be heard first at Gent Jazz Festival! That same day, for example, Steiger, winner of Jong Jazztalent Gent 2017, opens the Main Stage. The entries for the 2018 edition sound promising and on this summery Sunday, Gent Jazz Festival, in collaboration with brewery Duvel-Moortgat, awards a 10,000 euros cheque to the most ambitious jazz project. The Ghent Conservatory also presents three of its current prodigies: Le Manou, Screens and Gilman. Isolde Van den Bulcke plays the final concert that day, introducing her Frank Ocean-inspired project named Tristan.

A 100% guarantee of heart palpitations on Tuesday 3 July

Sir Tom Jones has been turning knees to jelly for over five decades. The 22-year-old Franco-Canadian Theo Lawrence has a similar career ahead of him as far as Gent Jazz Festival is concerned. Together with The Hearts, the autodidact possesses so much effortless coolness that he could easily have competed with Elvis Presley in the 1950s. The new soul of rock ‘n’ roll has arrived! A fusion of old and new, a crossover between that vintage dress and those loose, comfortable jeans. Boogie Belgique, the band launched by DJ Oswald Cromheecke, knows how it’s done. This electroswing band mixes the best of artists such as Parov Stellar with the sound of acts like Bonobo and Nightmares On Wax. If you don’t want to stop dancing after Tom Jones, head over to the Garden Stage for an audio-visual treat full of trumpets, piano, guitar, drums and flute.

For journalists: Applications for accreditation at Gent Jazz Festival must be submitted to Amélie Van Hoorebeeke by 17 June at the latest, amelie@gentlepromotion.be

Practical information

Gent Jazz Festival 29/06-08/07/2018, Bijloke site, Ghent

29 JUNE 2018:
David Byrne, Nneka, Baxter Dury, Ghostpoet, WWWater, JTOTHEC
1 JULY 2018: Melanie De Biasio, Wim Mertens, Joep Beving, Steiger, Tristan, Le Manou, Screens, Gilman
3 JULY 2018: Tom Jones, Lady Linn & Her Magnificent Bigband, Theo Lawrence & The Hearts, Stephane Belmondo Trio – Love For Chet, Myrddin & Tineke Postma, Boogie Belgique, Myrddin & Imre De Cauter, Myrddin & Nathan Daems
5 JULY 2018: Hudson, Chico Freeman Plus+tet, Brad Mehldau Trio, Loriers-Postma-Gerstmans, Too Noisy Fish, Sal La Rocca Quartet
6 JULY 2018: Paolo Conte, Kandace Springs, Jef Neve ‘Spirit Control’, Igor Gehenot’s DELTA, Isolde XL, Bart Defoort Quintet
7 JULY 2018: Pharoah Sanders Quartet with special guest Nicholas Payton, Vijay Iyer Sextet, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, FUNDAMENT, Dan Weiss Starebaby: Metal Jazz, Ambrose Akinmusire
8 JULY 2018: The Roots, Selah Sue, Blackwave., Moonchild, All Eyes On Hip Hop Presents… TheColorGrey, Dvtch Norris, K1D, Darrell Cole

Tickets via www.gentjazz.be
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Applications for accreditation at Gent Jazz Festival must be submitted to Amélie Van Hoorebeeke by 17 June at the latest, amelie@gentlepromotion.be

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