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

11:00 h Guided Tasting Tour (Sign up required during registration!)
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 11 am at a location to be determined.

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: try out some circus tricks! 🤹

Potluck: bring some food and drinks to share 🧺

14:00 h

End of the potluck





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


Missy Sippy
Klein Turkije 16, 9000 Gent

22:00 h

Start live music by Missy Sippy All Stars (Matt T Mahony & friends)




circus open space + potluck

From 12:00 h we'll be at Baudelo Park. 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.

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

Disclaimer: in case of bad weather the circus open space and potluck will be cancelled ☔️

Blues afterparty


blues afterparty

In good GHX tradition, we end the weekend with a blues afterparty at Missy Sippy, THE place for the Ghent-based blues scene.

Blues guitarist Matt T Mahony and the Missy Sippy All Stars will create a true hot and steamy juke joint. Get ready to go down to Missy Sippy and blues the night away! 🔥

*The Sunday evening afterparty is open for everyone, people who don't have a ticket for the festival can also join.




Other pre & after parties

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


Tue 11 april, 21:00 h

Bar Lume
Vrijdagmarkt 33, 9000 Gent

Every Tuesday evening we have swing sessions at Bar Lume, a music café in the city center. 

In this session, drummer Frederik Van Den Berghe will invite other local musicians on stage.

Let's warm up our feet before the festival! 🔥



mon 17 april, 21:00 h 

Missy Sippy
Klein Turkije 16, 9000 Gent

On Monday evening, Les Somnambules will play for us at Missy Sippy! 😍

Brought together by the love of music, they bring you rousing hot jazz, danceable swing and captivating ballads.

You know the venue, you know the musicians, and their music will be the best medicine to deal with the post-festival feeling!


tue 18 april, 21:00 h 

Bar Lume
Vrijdagmarkt 33, 9000 Gent

Are you staying a couple of days longer in Ghent? Then you can't miss the AT Quartet, all the way from Paris! 🤩

Join us once more in Bar Lume for an evening full of swing! 

Musicians: Jeremy Fabre, Adrien Tarraga, Noé Claire, Boris Alexandre