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  • Travel writer Seth Valentine previews Amsterdam’s first ever King’s Day celebrations, with a run down of the pre parties, the day parties and the night parties, all in honour of this oh-so-orange day! There’s also a low down on this year’s Keukenhof flower gardens, for those in need of a post party chill out option. !

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  • You may need to find a way to chill-out and relax after all the madness that is King’s Day in Amsterdam. One good choice for a post-party recovery would be a nice trip out to the Keukenhof flower gardens.

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  • Lara Bradley returns with a round up of the newest sounds around, delivered by the band Milky Chance. Top album tracks from their debut record Sadnecessary, include Down by the River and Loveland, both of which are thoroughly reviewed for your reading pleasure by Lara.

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Issue 58 - April and May



Lead Article: Hello King’s Day!

King WillemThis year marks the first official King’s Day celebration in the Netherlands, and the Dutch will be pulling out all the stops to bring the biggest and best parties of the year to Amsterdam. With the abdication last year of Queen Beatrix, the Netherlands celebrated its last Queen’s Day, at least for now. As the Queen’s son, now King Willem-Alexander takes over, the royal celebrations will henceforth be known as King’s Day. The festivities actually begin the night before, on King’s Night, with some parties even promising massive 12-hour music sets! Here’s a quick list of the best clubs, parties and shows happening on King’s Night.

King’s Night Parties (Friday 25 th April)

incognito amsterdam [IN]COGNITO: The location for the [IN]COGNITO King’s Night event will remain a closely-guarded secret until nearer the time but be sure to expect a major venue, a huge line-up and a massive atmosphere! 22:00-06:00, tickets: €27.50.

Zeezout King's Night: With a line-up including Space Dimension Controller, Trus’me, Genius of Time, Jay Daniel and Max Graef, Zeezout King's Night at Undercurrent promises a massive 12-hour long, King’s Night marathon. 16:00-04:00, tickets: €15 (early bird), €20 (standard). 

FORMAT: Expect major names from the techno scene to take to the decks at FORMAT’s new location on the Elementenstraat. 22:00-late, tickets: € 25. 

Dave ClarkeDave Clarke Presents at the Melkweg: Expect an electro-heavy evening with sets from Josh Wink, Mike Dehnert, Shifted and of course, Dave Clarke himself at the legendary Melkweg. 22:00-06:00, tickets: €20 (pre-sale), €24 (at the door).

Rotzooi King’s Night Madness: Rotzooi King’s Night Madness returns to its traditional home in the Westerunie on the Westergasfabriek grounds. The international line-up this year includes Davide Quillace, Martin Buttrich, Dyed Soundorom and Daniel Sanchez. 22:00-late, tickets: €15.

STRAF_WERK King’s Night: Featuring Maceo Plex at De Overkant. 21:00-06:00, tickets: €24.50.

Penoze Live: For those looking to combine harder sounds with a big party atmosphere, head to Penoze 'Live' at the Scheepbouwloods, at NDSM Wharf! Acts include E-Force & Digital Punk, B-Front, Warface and Outbreak. 21:00-06:00, tickets: €19.50

King’s Night Warehouse: If you fancy something more like an old school rave then be sure to head to Kingsnight Warehouse at Roest Amsterdam. NGHTDVSN are taking control for this party, bringing an international line-up that features Tale of Us (a 3-hour set), Cassy, and East End Dubs. 22:00-06:00, tickets: €26.50.

But of course the main event of the celebration is all about King’s Day. More than a million people dressed in orange will flood the streets of Amsterdam, and the entire city will turn itself into a giant flea market with thousands of people setting up stalls and stands to try to sell their old and unwanted items. This is a perfect opportunity to hunt for bargains and haggle with locals, but there are also some killer parties lined-up for King’s Day as well.

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King’s Day (Time) Parties

KingsdayKing’s Day Festival: Following two sell-out editions of the QDAY Festival, the first ever King’s Day Festival comes to Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium. Featuring four stages of the best DJs and live acts, including Goldfish, Yellow Claw, Joris Voorn, Girls Love Djs, and The Partysquad. 12:00-21:30, tickets: €24.50.

NDSM Vrijhaven 2014: Head to the NDSM Wharf for an extensive programme of music, art, food & drink, an enormous kids' street market and plenty of family fun. And for the older partygoers, VOLTT & Lockdown will be on hand with some hard-hitting techno, and house music. 12:00-20:00, tickets: €20.50.  

Loveland van Oranje: Expect an unforgettable outdoor experience at the Oosterpark in the east of Amsterdam with a huge DJ line-up representing a range of styles. 12:00-20:00, tickets: €17.50.

Hardkingz: Hard-style music fans will want to head to Hardkingz, held at the ArenA Park near the Amsterdam ArenA and featuring major names from the hard-style scene, including Wildstylez, D-Block & S-te-fan, Radical Redemption, Crypsis, and Darkraver. 12:00-20:00, tickets: €15.

king of hardcoreThe Kingdom of Hardcore: Cyndium celebrates The Kingdom of Hardcore this King’s Day with a raging marathon of tunes at the Haparanda Fields, in the west of Amsterdam. The DJ lineup includes Frantic Freak, Dr. Peacock, DaY-mar and SRB. 12:00-20:00, tickets: €16.25.

The Union: A brand new addition to this year’s King’s Day selection, The Union descends on the Westergasfabriek for an indoor and outdoor festival featuring three stages and loads of leading house and tech-house DJs. Start the action outside before heading indoors to continue the King’s Day celebrations until deep into the night. 12:00-20:00 (daytime) / night programme goes until 06:00, tickets: €10 (early bird day ticket), €15 (standard day ticket), €15 (night ticket), €25 (day & night combo ticket). 

King’s Day Madness: 18hrs Festival team up with Elrow for King’s Day Madness at the Riekerhaven Sports Park in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. There will be plenty of inflatable stuff, orange confetti, clowns, stilt walkers, crazy acts and of course, some banging techno by DJs including Monika Kruse, Technasia, and Benny Rodrigues. 12:00-20:00, tickets: €13.95 (early bird), €17.95 (standard), €21.95 (late bird).

The Breakfast Club Party: For early risers – or for those who never made it to bed – the Breakfast Club party inside the new Tolhuistuin kicks off at 06:00 and promises a fine variety of electronic noise and solid beats. Headliner Tama Sumo is set for a three-hour set. 06:00-14:00, tickets: €15.

A Post Party Chill Out Option: With so much party potential packed into two days, you may need to find a way to chill-out and relax after all the madness that is King’s Day in Amsterdam. One good choice for a post-party recovery would be a nice trip out to the Keukenhof flower gardens. Originally part of the estate of the Teylingen Castle, the grounds were used for hunting wild game in the 15th century - for the kitchens of local estates. This is actually how the gardens got their name: Keukenhof’means ‘kitchen courtyard’ in Dutch. They are only open from March until May, so this is the perfect chance to see a rich and extremely beautiful part of Dutch history, not always available to the public.

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By Seth Valentine



The Flying Pig Turns 20!

The Flying Pig Turns 20!In April 2014 the Flying Pig Hostels will be an epic 20-years-old! To celebrate this right of passage we’ll be throwing a party that anyone in town will never forget. Keep you eyes peeled for news about the upcoming good times on the front page!



Music Reviews From The Flying Pig

SquawkaboutMusic Review: Milky Chance - Sadnecessary

Guys and Gals around the globe - here is my next album offering for you, to quench your musical thirst as we roll through these charming spring days. In Europe, Folk music of all kinds is pretty up there on the agenda at present. Holland, in particular Den Haag and Amsterdam, boast oodles of live music venues. Folk seems to feature as a large part of this and so it’s fitting to explore it more!

If you’re working behind the bar at The Flying Pig, you get to showcase your own music playlist. That means up to seven-hours worth of your musical tastes! This is where I’ve heard some undiscovered artists shine, thanks to our staff from all around the world – all bringing their tastes to Amsterdam. It gives me even more inspiration to seek lesser heard, musical beauties.

Milky Chance are fairly new and currently embarking on their first European tour. They recently hit up the Melkweg club here in Amsterdam and the gig sold out! It had a really intimate feel and although their inexperience playing in front of large crowds showed, it was endearing and sweet. They seemed so humbled when the crowd sang along, which sent the girls watching into a gooey eyed trance, with this handsome duo in their sites.

Originating from a small town in Germany, vocalist and bass guitarist Clemens Rehbein, and DJ Phillipp Dausch sure do make for a talented pair. There are a couple of tracks on this album that really encompass Folk with a smidge of Electronica, creating that homely, pleasant and feel good vibe. My advice? Stay with the album and believe in it. After the first three tracks you might think the songs sound a bit samey, but as the album progresses you’ll experience every side of Milky. With Milky Chance, you can completely and clearly hear all of the influences on the artists; Folk, Reggae, Electronica and Jazz, all coming together.

The classic Milky Chance sound is flaunted on the track - Down by the River. This is THE tune of the album. It’s impossible to keep still to this track, with its crystal clear and crisp guitar tones conjuring up an unforgettable beat. It is toe tapping, sun-kissed and free. You’ll be hop skipping, shoulder jiggin’ and smiling from ear to ear - guaranteed. Clemens’ raspy and rough around the edges voice (I would even go so far as to say slightly Kurt Cobain-esque) contradicts the jumpy beat so perfectly, that it works in a stunning unison. Pairing Electronica with raw Folk, Down by the River is on course to be the track of the Summer, and you heard it here first!

The song Stunner is another favourite of mine. Loveland’s up there too and is a track so stripped back, that all you can hear is the pure and earthy guitar throughout. Listening to this, you feel the fresh breeze of Spring rush over you and now when I hear it, I see hostel evenings at the Pig, on the back balcony with staff and guests from all over the world - uniting through music. Wayfarers bring your guitar and embark on this journey with us.

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- Lara Bradley



Coming Up in Amsterdam …

March - May
The world's biggest flower garden with millions of bulbs in bloom over nine-weeks.

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King’s Day - April 26, 2014: A national holiday and mega party in the Netherlands celebrating the King’s birthday. Expect lots of orange, street markets, boat parties and dancing in the streets.


Radio 538 Museumplein: The biggest event of King’s Day can be found on the Museum Square where Holland’s biggest radio station throws a massive party, with national and international acts performing.

Memorial and Liberation Day: Festivals celebrating the lives of those who died in war. Ceremonies in Dam Square are attended by the royal family and there’s a large festival in Haarlem.

Amsterdam Open Air: A two-day electronic music extravaganza in Gaasperpark.

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Vondelpark Open-Air Theatre: Every genre of music is performed live in the park for free.

Holland Festival: The most talked-about artistic projects from around the world in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, the Muziektheater (Music Theatre), the Stadsschouwburg (City Theatre) and the Westergasfabriek cultural site.



Europe’s Famous Hostels: Alternative Vienna

Thought you'd seen everything that Vienna has to offer? You were wrong! Here's our guide to Alternative Vienna, from the best clubs and bars to where to go skinny-dipping, ready up on what Alternative Vienna has to offer right here!

Mingle With the Artists of Now: Just one street from the Gürtel (belt) you'll find Brunnenmarkt, the city's biggest market after the Naschmarkt. Don't forget to buy some of the Austrian cheeses there - the locals want to keep them for themselves - but the Turkish marketeers will let you sample them for free. You will land at Yppenplatz, with its wide selection of all kinds of food.

Enjoy the scene: Vienna's social students, organic vegan eaters and modern bourgeois artists come together to eat and drink until late, most nights. Of course there are other attractions here too, such as underground art and music exhibits, in and around the street - Grundsteingasse.

Vienna underground

White Wine in the Hills: Did we mention the Viennese love eating? Well ... not without the proper beer or wine and while Austrian beer is pretty damn good, the white wine is truly great. The one place where wine is even fresher than anywhere else is Heurigen, a special kind of restaurant where you can get cold platters and this year’s first wine.

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The Best Views: Stroll the hills of Grinzing (from the top of Kahlenberg you can get the best view of Vienna for free) and enter the little town in the evening. Go there on Monday to enjoy free Austrian folk music and a great atmosphere too. If you have a little extra time, why not do the super fun, all-day, grape grazing tour? This will take you even further into the beautiful hinterland.

Relax Vienna Style: If there’s one thing that puts quality into Viennese life, it’s a laid back pace of life. Hang out in the beautiful Burggarten next to the Hofburg Imperial Palace or Stadtpark, in-between the pompous buildings.

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Vienna's Beaches: There are several artificial beaches by the Danube canal, which leads straight into the inner city. The most famous of is the Hermann's Strand Bar beach but there are more opposite Schwedenplatz. Don’t however opt for a swim in the canal as there are plenty of better options. One such heaving holiday spot is Copa Kagrana, on the U1-line. If you prefer something more peaceful, two stops further on is Alte Donau. The scene here is very laid back.

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Clubbing Until Dawn: Vienna isn’t the planet’s number one party city but when you know where things are happening in alternative Vienna, you might just find yourself on the craziest party night ever. Guidebooks and websites galore drop names the likes of Volksgarten and Flex. The first is the playground of Vienna's hip and rich, whilst the second is the domain of the city’s glorious, and rebellious youth.

The new spots on the block are Fluc and Pratersauna. Fluc is grungy and always packed to rafters, and Pratersauna has a better a balance of everything. The same goes for Grelle Forelle and Das Werk, which are on the U6 metro line.

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Flying Pig Beach Hostel : News From the Beach Hostel

The Great Band Robbery Returns: The Great Band Robbery is back for 2014 with four nights of live music and 12 bands battling it out for a spot in the final. Set times will be based on the results of the online poll and the band with the most votes gets to headline.

The great Band Robbery

Round 2 – April 19, 2014: Lunar, The Peterlees, Morning Glorya and Coral Springs.
Round 3 – May 24, 2014:
Noisettes, Fun Is Dangerous, Chaining Daisy and Six Foot Leaping. Final Round - June 21, 2014: With special guests and last year’s winner, The Legs

Kite Surfing: Kite surfing is one of the world's fastest growing sports and something that gives you unprecedented freedom, and adrenaline. Are you the person who prefers flying 15 meters above the water, someone who likes to play with the waves or someone just looking to relax and cruise? Any which way, you can rent a board and equipment through our friends at Noordwijk Marine Food & Rentals. Address: Zeereep 106, Beach Exit 21. Tel. +31 (0) 6 34 13 90 38
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Reggae Ska Night – April 5, 2014: Join us for the first ever reggae night at the beach. We piggies have been working long and hard to find local reggae stars and we now have enough artists to make a whole night of it. Make sure you get your Ska face on and follow the beats to the beach.

Quiz Night

Quiz Night – April 10, 2014: Round The World.
Rum and Bass – April 18, 2014: Pirate juice and top tunes.
King’s Day – April 26, 2014: In 2014, King's Day (Koningsdag) will be celebrated on Saturday, April 26. Previously known as Queens’s day, The Beach are celebrating by having a Roc-King event, followed by a takeover over of DJs on the deck. Join us for the Roc-King’s Day on April 25 and for the King’s Night Party on April 26.


Between all the events we’ll be putting on movies once a month – showcasing a range of genres - from gangster to comedy, so there’ll definitely be a film night for you! As always snacks are available and the movies will be shown on our brand new projector!

TAKE A TRIP TO GELDROP A Mere 90-Minutes Away in Geldrop … Recognize some of these street names? Yes this is real!


Apparently in the search for new and original street names, the town planners of Geldrop took their inspiration from J.R. Tolkien. Of course one cannot simply copy Mordor, so if you street view the town, you’ll be disappointed. However visiting the place in person will give you a chance to take a selfie on Gandalf Avenue, which is always going to be an awesome talking point at parties. Find out more online, here. open in new window