The days get warmer. Trees bloom, birds chirp, skirts sway. Summer is slowly approaching and with that the festival season is commencing! This is a little guide to the best summer festivals in and around Amsterdam in 2016.
Park Am See Festival – 21st of May, De Oeverlanden
Berlin-based club Watergate, Amsterdam electro event collective Chasing the Hihat and music magazine Deep House Amsterdam present an enormous dance music festival at De Oeverlanden, to the south of Amsterdam. DJ stars for the 2016 edition of Park Am See include Tom Trago, Prosumer and Jeremy Underground and many other international names.
Details about the festival can be found at www.parkamsee.com.
DIYnamic Festival – 27th of May, Amsterdamse Bos
On Friday, May 27th, Hamburg-based record label DIYnamic is set to take over the Amsterdamse Bos once again. During the latest bout of their DIYnamic Festival, they’ll pack the park full of pulse-pounding dance music.
Details about the festival can be found at www.diynamicfestival.com.
909 Festival – 28th of May, Amsterdamse Bos
The 909 Festival is all about sun and beats at the Amsterdamse Bos in Amstelveen, just south of the capital. The 909 Festival represents a number of different music styles, with techno and house being two of the most important ones. The 909 Festival has one stage, which creates an intimate atmosphere.
Details about the festival can be found at www.909.nl.
Amsterdam Open Air – 4/5 June, Gaasperpark
The Amsterdam Open Air dance music festival looks set to return for another wild summery weekend bash at Amsterdam’s Gaasperpark in June. The aim of Amsterdam Open Air is to reflect the diversity of today’s electronic music scene and Amsterdam’s nightlife, rather than being limited to just one genre. So expect a versatile festival brimming with deep house, dubstep, electro, tech-house and techno.
Details about the festival can be found at www.amsterdamopenair.nl.
Awakenings Festival – 25/26 June, Recreatiegebied Spaarnewoude
In 2015, more than 100 international acts and DJs lined up for the 15th edition of the Awakenings Festival, with festival areas representing all aspects of the techno scene. It has built up a solid reputation for blending established names in the business with upcoming talent, with past names including international superstars such as Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola, Joris Voorn and Sven Väth. Keep in mind that the festival is hugely popular with music fans from around the world and typically sells out in advance.
Details about the festival can be found at www.awakeningsfestival.nl.
Over het IJ Festival – 8/9/10 July, NDSM Wharf
Head for the northern shore of the River IJ and before you know it, you’ll find yourself on the lively main festival grounds, located at the NDSM Wharf – but the Over het IJ Festival also spreads out to a variety of other locations. With heaps of theatre, DJs and delicious food, this is one festival guaranteed to take you out of your daily routine. The festival also specialises in location-specific theatre, giving you the chance to catch one-off performances in the most unexpected places.
Details about the festival can be found at www.overhetij.nl.
Milkshake Festival – 30/31 July, Westerpark
Milkshake is more than your average festival: an event with a clear message, it’s about respect, freedom, love and tolerance as well as encouraging out-of-the-box thinking. The festival is a collaboration between two of the city’s major clubs, Paradiso and AIR, and is home to multiple stages, each with its own defining character and acts, so expect plenty of music alongside breath-taking decor, performance art and a packed day of festival fun.
Details about the festival can be found at www.milkshakefestival.com.
Appelsap Fresh Music Festival – 1/2/3 August, Flevopark
Every August, top Dutch and international hip-hop artists keep it fresh alongside the best of the local electronic, rap and soul scenes when Appelsap brings the party to Flevopark, the otherwise quiet and peaceful park in Amsterdam. The 2016 line-up: Jazz Cartier, Section Boyz, D.R.A.M., Benji-B, Cinnaman, Elf Kid, Veldentaal, Rotjoch United, Broederliefde, Mula B & Louis, Vic Crezée, Mairo Nawaz, Bea1991, Yung Internet and more.
Details about the festival can be found at www.appelsap.net.
Mysteryland – 27/28 August, Floriadeterrein in Haarlemmermeer
Mysteryland strikes down with a broad line-up of creative events alongside the annual explosion of varied electronic musical styles ranging from cutting-edge dubstep, hip-hop and disco to top international names in house, techno and electro. The festival programme also traditionally includes exhibitions by small-scale artistic collectives, theatre makers, spoken-word artists and what is claimed to be the ‘smallest cinema of the world’, aiming to send its visitors on a journey of discovery.
Details about the festival can be found at www.mysteryland.nl.
Uitmarkt – 28/27/28 August, Museumplein
Annually attracting more than 450,000 visitors, the Uitmarkt is one of the country’s most popular cultural events and is the traditional opening of the cultural season. The festival features more than 450 performances by some 2,000 artists. From classical to kid-friendly, hip-hop to dance and theatre to jazz – there’s something for everyone.
Details about the festival can be found at www.uitmarkt.nl.
Encore Festival – 28th of August, NDSM Wharf
The NDSM Wharf is a former shipyard that’s now used for cultural events. The festival organisers packed it with three stages and a wide range of performers with a focus on the best hip-hop, R&B, soul & bass.
Details about the festival can be found at www.encorefestival.nl.
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