The Roots, Aloe Blacc Confirmed For 2018 North Sea Jazz Festival

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The Roots photo by Rick Kern and Getty Images for Bud Light
Photo: Rick Kern/Getty Images for Bud Light

Philly hip-hop ensemble The Roots (plus very special guests), genre-defying multi-instrumentalist Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, soulful singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc and new-school jazz ensemble Moonchild are joining previously announced stars such Emeli Sande, Chic with Nile Rodgers, Earth Wind & Fire, D’Angelo and N.E.R.D on the bill for the 2018 North Sea Jazz Festival.

Alongside this string of heavyweight names, North Sea will play host to some of the most hotly-tipped up-and-coming acts including iconoclastic quartet Sons Of Kemet, rising star UK saxophonist Nubya Garcia and Manchester-based leftfield piano trio GoGo Penguin, as well as energetic Norwegian nu-soul group Rohey, ground-breaking Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD and jazz, grime and electronica influenced group Moses Boyd Exodus.

Running from 13-15 July, the three-day festival will once again take place at the Ahoy Centre in Rotterdam which can be reached in less than an hour by plane or, for the first time this year, the twice-daily train direct from London St Pancras International to Rotterdam Centraal, taking just 3hrs from city centre to city centre.

Since its inception in 1976, The North Sea Jazz Festival has built an unrivalled reputation as one of the world’s most unique and eclectic events which attracts music fans from across the globe. This year, the organisation will present more than 1000 musicians, spread out over 150 performances across 15 stages.

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The full line-up to date is as follows:

Friday 13 July:
Artist in Residence: Michael League & Snarky Puppy with Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley
The Roots + Friends
The O’Jays
Emeli Sandé
Charles Lloyd and the Marvels
Gary Clark Jr.
Marcus Miller
R + R = NOW with Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Taylor McFerrin, Derick Hodge and Justin Tyson
Carla Bley Trios
Vijay Iyer Sextet
Stanley Clarke Band
Kurt Elling Quintet with special guest Marquis Hill
Willie Colon
Maria Schneider & Ensemble Denada
Ruthie Foster with Espoo Big Band
Tord Gustavsen featuring Simin Tander
Cameron Graves Trio
Jasper Høiby’s Fellow Creatures
Jérôme Hol
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
Durand Jones & The Indications

Saturday 14 July:
Artist in Residence: Michael League, (Michael) League (Antonio) Sanchez (Pedrito) Martinez
Nile Rodgers & Chic
Earth Wind & Fire
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Leon Bridges
Gregory Porter “Nat King Cole & Me and Other Songs” with Metropole Orkest
Jett Rebel
JP Cooper
GoGo Penguin
Sons of Kemet
Nubya Garcia
Pharoah Sanders Quartet
Moses Boyd Exodus
PAT METHENY w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock
Philip Catherine
Mingus Big Band
Fred Hersch Trio
Chico Freeman Plus+tet
The Quartet.NL – Herman / Beets / Bennink / Glerum
David Sanborn Acoustic Band
Con Brio
Nate Smith Kinfolk
Jazzmeia Horn
Robert Finley
Dulfer Plays Blues
Togo All Stars

Sunday 15 July:
Artist in Residence: Michael League & Bokanté with special guests
Moses Sumney
Aloe Blacc
CeeLo Green
Selah Sue
Joshua Redman special guest with Billy Hart Quartet
HUDSON – DeJohnette/Scofield/Medeski/Colley
‘Queen of Sheba’ Symphonic Creation by Angelique Kidjo and Ibrahim Maalouf
Cecile McLorin Salvant
Mathias Eick Quintet
Ruben Blades & Roberto Delgado Orquesta
Caminando. Adios Y Gracias.
Oumou Sangaré
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Eric Vloeimans’ Levanter
Avishai Cohen ‘1970’
Mulatu Astatke
Daymé Arocena
Ruben Hein, Coely and Laurence Jones
Stern/Randy Brecker Band featuring Dennis Chambers & Tom Kennedy
Harold Lopez Nussa Trio with Pedrito Martinez and Gregoire Maret
Mulatu Astatke
Keyon Harrold
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
Ramón Valle Trio.

Day tickets for NN North Sea Jazz Festival are on sale now and all-in tickets are available from the end of April from the festival website.

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