Grand Opening Night 2022 with John Legend

The NN North Sea Jazz Festival starts a bit earlier in 2022, and spectacular at the same time: on Thursday 7 July John Legend will be performing during Grand Opening Night. The singer and pianist will play a full concert at Maas hall; a unique event you won’t want to miss.

John Legend

He was at the festival twice before: John Legend is always a welcome guest at NN North Sea Jazz. Who doesn’t remember his unparalleled performance with The Roots in 2013? Of the concert two years after that, when he once again impressed Nile hall which was filled to the rafters? On his own Grand Opening Night, the star will once again show the audience what he’s made of.

John Legend is a rare multi talent: he has a voice with a huge range, writes hit songs for himself as well as others, and rules the piano to boot. Legend started playing the latter instrument at age 4 and never stopped. His grandmother taught him gospel songs, he sang in the church choir, but was also inspired by artists such as Boyz II Men, LL Cool J, and Michael Jackson. From his first album, 2004’s Get Lifted, Legend scored hit after hit with songs like Ordinary People, Save Room, P.D.A., and All Of Me.


Tickets for Grand Opening Night NN North Sea Jazz with John Legend are on sale from € 50,40 at
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Now, Legend has seven studio albums to his name, as well as a range of prestigious awards, among which 11 Grammy’s, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe. Legend collaborated successfully with, among others, Kanye West, The Roots, and The Black Eyed Peas, JAY-Z, Lauryn Hill, and Alicia Keys. He is also a coach in the American version of The Voice, delivering the winning candidate in his very first season. Apart from all this, Legend is a great philanthropist. In January 2020 he released a new single, Conversations In The Dark, a first taste of the album Bigger Love that was released in June.

Time schedule

6.30 pm - Doors open
8.00 pm - Latanya Alberto
9.00 pm - John Legend
10.30 pm - Expected end

Subject to change. Keep an eye on our website for the latest changes and the latest news.

What is allowed to bring?

Please note that you can't take large bags to the show. Only bags with a max size of A4 paper and 10cm deep are allowed and can be stored in a locker. You can leave your coat at the cloakroom for a fee of €2. The cloakroom isn’t available for big bags.

Plan your trip

Prior the show access roads and parking spaces get very crowded. We therefore advise you to use the public transport, with which Rotterdam Ahoy is easily accessible. Before you leave, please check the site for updated information about your mode of transport.

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