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Pori Jazz 2022 first performers announced


American superstar John Legend, British artist Emeli Sandé and Finnish special concert Hector Reimagined are Pori Jazz's first performer announcements for next year. The festival will be held for the 55th time 8–16 July 2022, and admission tickets for the event are sold via Ticketmaster.

John Legend, who will be performing in the Kirjurinluoto park on Thursday, July 14th, is known for his career as a singer and composer as well as actor and producer. The artist, whose latest studio album was released a year ago, has sold multi-platinum records and won eleven Grammy Awards. His all-time biggest hit All of Me has been streamed on Spotify for more than 1,5 billion times.

John Legend is the first African-American man to ever have achieved the EGOT, meaning he has won all of the four major US entertainment awards: the television industry’s Emmy, the music industry’s Grammy, the movie industry’s Oscar and the theater industry’s Tony. The artist is one of the only 16 people to have achieved this status.

John Legend is a rare and long-awaited visitor in Finland. His last performance in Finland and at Pori Jazz was in 2013, when his break-through into the worldwide megastardom was still in the making. 

Emeli Sandé, who has released three studio albums during her career, will be performing at the Pori Jazz festival on Friday, July 15th. The British star’s fame skyrocketed in 2012, when her debut album Our Version of Events was UK’s best-selling album of the year. Emeli Sandé’s voice and skills as an interpreter have moved the Finnish audience during the artist’s previous visits to Pori Jazz in 2012 and 2015. Her latest album Real Life was released in the fall of 2019.

The career and life’s work of one of Finland’s most legendary singer-songwriters, Hector, will be celebrated at the Pori Jazz festival on Saturday, July 16th. At the concert by the name of “Hector Reimagined”, the performances of both Hector himself and the top ensemble led by Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen will be appreciated by the audience. Known as the leading force behind Ricky-Tick Big Band and Dalindèo, the musician-composer Pöyhönen will re-arrange a selection of Hector’s songs which will then be performed by an orchestra of Finnish frontline musicians selected for this particular occasion. The fans can expect to hear completely new arrangements of some of Hector’s biggest hits as well as his rarer gems.

Tickets for the Pori Jazz main concerts, held in Kirjurinluoto park from July 14th to 16th, are now available at Ticketmaster Finland. The daily tickets for Kirjurinluoto Concert Park including service fees start at 82 EUR and the three-day tickets including service fees start at 175 EUR.

Tickets purchased for the 2020 and 2021 Pori Jazz festival will automatically remain valid for next year’s event.