North Sea Jazz Festival, a popular music event in Rotterdam, is the biggest jazz festival in the world. Attracting about 100,000 visitors every year, this annual Rotterdam event is held at Ahoy Hall for three days. North Sea Jazz Festival presents almost all the genres of jazz along with other forms of music like blues, soul music, world beat, hip-hop and much more.
The first edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival took place in 1976 in the Nederlands Congresgebouw in The Hague. Some numbers in those early days: six venues, three hundred artists and about nine thousand visitors. In this very first festival year internationally renowned jazz legends performed, such as Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz, as well as most Dutch avant-garde artists.
Move to Rotterdam
In 2006, the festival moved to its current, bigger, location in Rotterdam. Nowadays the organisation expects more than a thousand musicians, spread out over 150 performances and thirteen different stages. Though the numbers of visitors were between 65.000 and 100.000 in recent years, the festival still manages to retain its intimate character.
During the North Sea Jazz Festival, access roads and parking spaces get very crowded. We therefore advise you to use the public transport, with which Ahoy is easily accessible.