Paolo Conte first name Gent Jazz Festival 2018

06 december

It's wonderful, it's wonderful: on Friday 6 July, none other than Paolo Conte will headline Gent Jazz Festival 2018. The 17th festival edition will take place from 29 June to 8 July 2018 on the magical Bijloke site in Ghent. The octogenarian melancholic musician with the recognizable smoky voice always knows how to move his audience with a surprising mix of styles. Jazz, however, remains Conte’s first love.

Finally back in Belgium

After four years of absence from the Belgian scene, where he always sold out every concert, Paolo Conte exclusively chose Gent Jazz Festival to perform his rich body of works. Rolling Stone and The New York Times once labelled the compilation album ‘Best of Paolo Conte’ album of the year. His purely instrumental album ‘Amazing Game’ from 2016 brought along concerts in the brand new philharmonic buildings in Paris and Hamburg. Gent Jazz Festival 2018 will be an exceptional opportunity to admire the Italian virtuoso once more live in Belgium!


I cannot miss this exclusive concert!

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 8 December at 10 a.m. The concerts taking place on Friday 6 July will be seated concerts. The chairs are arranged in different categories, based on their position relative to the stage.

Tickets are also available at all Belgian FNAC stores.

Gent Jazz Festival under the Christmas tree

Besides tickets for this exquisite festival day, gift vouchers will also go on sale on 8 December. No more disappointed faces while unwrapping presents, the lucky receiver can trade in their gift voucher for entrance tickets, drink tokens and/or merchandising. As the cherry on top of the Christmas pudding, Gent Jazz Festival releases their fans from classical Jingle Bells tunes heard ad nauseam during the holiday season. Their music specialists put together a playlist that guarantees a splendid mood at the Christmas table. A trend that will be repeated throughout the year on several special occasions:


More names for the Gent Jazz Festival 2018 will be announced later. 

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