We are happy to present you a weekend full of live music and wonders!

On Friday evening, two bands and our fantastic DJ's will kick the weekend off. On Saturday afternoon our usual bar crawl at local cafés and other activities will make you discover the city and our local dance scene. On Saturday evening we welcome 4 bands (yes, 4!) to make you swing all night long on live music. And don't forget to save some energy for the Sunday afternoon tea dance. On Sunday evening you can cool down (or not) at our Blues afterparty.

Are you going to miss it? 🤩




De Vooruit
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent

20:30 h Doors open
21:00 h

Start live music

Swing Kitchen

The Hop Sh Bam Deluxe

2:30 h Last live song. DJ time!
4:30 h End of the party




Ghent City Center
Meeting point: kiosk at Kouter

10:50 h Guided Tasting Tour (Only for people who signed up! Meeting point: St. Nicholas' Church)
13:00 h Group photo: A great day in Ghent 
13:30 h

Mix & Match prelims: all dancers welcome! 

Live music by Les Croissants Belges

15:00 h

Bar Crawl 🍻🎶

Les Croissants Belges (Location: Artevelde Brewery)

Heebie Jeebie Jazz (Location: Café Damberd)

Eleanor (Location: The Glengarry)



De Vooruit
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent

20:30 h Doors open
21:00 h

Start first band. Live music all night long! 

Le Quintette du Hot Club de Gand

Birds of Swing

•  Lester's Blues

Jake Walker

4:30 h End of the party


Ghent Tour


Guided Tasting Tour

Is this your first time visiting Ghent? Or are you already familiar with the city but you would like to discover some of our local specialties?

What to expect? A professional guide will take you around the city to taste some local sweet specialties, some Flemish-style tapas (or hapjes, as we call them in Dutch) and of course local beer! 🍺

• The price per person is €29,50.
• A minimum of 8 participants is required for the tour to go ahead. If we don't reach this amount of participants the tour will be cancelled and the tickets will be refunded.
• A maximum of 25 people can join the tour.
• The tour starts at 10:50 am at the entrance of the Saint Nicholas' Church. 
• The tour will end up at 13:00h at Kouter, so you can directly join the group photo and social dance.

Ghent Kouter


Photo + Mix & match 

We'll meet at Kouter at 13:00 h to take a group photo. Make sure to be on time if you want to be on it! 📸

Right after that, we'll have the prelims for the Mix & Match competition with live music. No need to register,  just be there!

Everybody is welcome to join and dance together. Afterwards we will have a little social dance outdoors before embarking on our bar crawl. During our evening party, we will have the finals on live music.

GHX Bar Crawl


Bar Crawl

A traditional GHX activity. On Saturday afternoon, no less than three Ghent jazz bars will welcome you for a drink and a dance, with live music in each one of them!

Check the bands page for more info about the bands.





Baudelo Park
Koning Willem I-kaai 8, 9000 Gent

12:00 h

Circus open space & potluck

Bring some food and drinks to share and we'll have a relaxed potluck in the sun 🧺

We'll also bring some circus material so you can try out some tricks (at your own pace, this won't be a workshop 🤹) and get ready for the afternoon party.

14:00 h

End of the potluck.

This park is very close to our venue for the afternoon, so after the potluck we can all walk together to the party.

In case of bad weather the circus open space and potluck will be cancelled ☔️


De Centrale
Kraankindersstraat 2, 9000 Gent

14:00 h Doors open
15:00 h Start live music by Big Band 't Mouvement
18:00 h End of the party




Sunday is a buzzling evening for live music in Ghent! 🔥



Sunday 16 april, 21:00 h

Missy Sippy
Klein Turkije 16, 9000 Gent

Missy Sippy All Stars

Our famous GHX blues afterparty! 🔥

  • DJ Christophe from 21:00h
  • Live music from 22:00h

Musicians: Bernd Coene (drums), Karel Algoed (double bass),  Ilja de Neve (piano & vocals), Bart Mulders (guitar & vocals), Olivier Vander Bauwede (harmonica & vocals), Matt T Mahony (guitar & vocals), Thomas Van Gelder (sax)



Sunday 16 april, 21:00 h

Hot Club Gent
Schuddevisstraatje 2, 9000 Gent

Birds of Swing Sessions: Afterswing

Musicians: Viktor Perdieus (sax), Sam Opstaele (guitar), Dajo De Cauter (double bass), Waso De Cauter (rhythm guitar)



Sunday 16 april, 21:00 h

Bar Lume
Vrijdagmarkt 33, 9000 Gent

Part 1: Concert

Musicians: Julie Honorez (vocals), Elias D'hooge (piano), Zjef Van Steenbergen (double bass), Tom Peeters (drums)

Part 2: Jam session - an open (vocal) jazz jam session



Sunday 16 april, 21:00 h

Bar Mirwaar
Burgstraat 59, 9000 Gent

Sunday Live Jazz: Arne Theunissen sextet

Musicians: Winter Dieleman (trumpet),  Elias Nieuwejaers (sax), Cas Minten (sax),  Romuald Veys (piano), Pieter Mortier (double bass),  Arne Theunissen (drums)



Other pre & after parties

Are you arriving a few days before the festival or staying a bit longer to enjoy the city? No worries, Ghent got you covered! 🤩



Tue 11 april, 21:00 h

Bar Lume
Vrijdagmarkt 33, 9000 Gent

Swing jazz: Frederik's night

Musicians: Bruno de Groote (guitar), Victor Foulon (double bass), Frederik Van den Berghe (drums)



thu 13 april, 21:00 h 

Missy Sippy
Klein Turkije 16, 9000 Gent

Concert for dancers: The Muddy Sippy Boys
Musicians: Leander Vandereecken, Natan Goessens, Olivier Vander Bauwede and Karel Algoed

Check out the Facebook event.


mon 17 april, 21:00 h 

Missy Sippy
Klein Turkije 16, 9000 Gent

Les Somnambules

Dream away to the days of yore to the music of the 1st decades of the 20th century. From gypsy swing to hot jazz. 

Check out the Facebook event.



tue 18 april, 21:00 h 

Bar Lume
Vrijdagmarkt 33, 9000 Gent

AT Quartet: gypsy swing

Musicians: Jérémy Fabre (double bass), Adrien Tarraga (guitar), Noé Clerc (accordion), Boris Alexandre (rhythm guitar)


tue 18 april, 21:00 h 

Missy Sippy
Klein Turkije 16, 9000 Gent

Nola Schmola
New Orleans brass band from Ghent and surroundings. Sousaphone, snare, bass drum, two trumpets, tenor sax, baritone sax, two trombones. The dance floor is open!

Check out the Facebook event.