Best Music Festivals in Amsterdam for Summer 2019
Summer is just around the corner and that means…festival season is almost here! In Amsterdam, music festivals are a big happening. The city is known for hosting the biggest and best dance events around summer time. Whether you like house, techno, dance, urban hip hop or latin: Amsterdam is the city to visit when you’re looking for the ultimate party trip. We’ve come up with a list of 8 of the most epic music festivals in Amsterdam for summer 2019, check it out!
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Music On Festival
Want to experience an iconic musical experience? Than you have to visit Music On! It’s a famous festival that has taken over Ibiza for 7 years and is now going to put Amsterdam upside down. The two-day event is held on the weekend of the 11th May at Havenpark in Amsterdam. This ideal festival location is known for plenty of space and green areas with an industrial touch. Thought the location was cool? Wait until you hear the line-up! Some incredible artists, such as Loco Dice, The Martinez Brothers, Jamie Jones, Paco Osuna, Nic Fanciulli and many more will take one of the many stages. This will be one hell of a weekend that you will never forget!
Diynamic Festival will return to Amsterdam, but this year on a Saturday instead of having the annual gathering on a Friday. It’s going to be taking place on Saturday June 1st at the Amsterdamse Bos, a beautiful “city forest”. Here you can expect chilled vibes in the enlarged chill out areas and many food courts serving up delicious fuel for all that dancing you will be doing. Three stages will accommodate incredible artists, such as Adana Twins, ELAX, Francesco Tristano, Magdalena, Tale of Us and many more.
One of the first major festivals that kicks off the season is DGTL. The cool thing about DGTL is that they care about the environment as much as they care about music. They’ve even won awards that recognize their developments to sustainable event organization. The three day event is hosted during Easter weekend and is returning to the cool industrial NDSM area to bring you the hottest artist, banging beats and chillest vibes. Think of acts and artists like Disclosure, ANOTR, The Black Madonna, John Talabot, Henrik Schwarz, GusGus and Kölsch.
Are you planning on visiting Amsterdam in April? Consider going at the end of the month, because on the 27th it’s King’s Day, a national holiday where everyone dresses in orange and attends street activities: from open street markets and canal boat parties to live music events in the open air. There are also a lot of music festivals going on that day. One of the hottest ones is Kingsland, hosted at the RAI Amsterdam. The cool thing about this festival is that the stages are diverse: you can rave at the techno stages, enjoy some hardcore acts and even bang out to hip hop and R&B tunes. There is something for everyone!
Have you always wanted to party in a fairytale world? Then you have to go to Mystic Garden this year! It’s held on the weekend of the 15th of June in the beautiful Sloterpark. The cool thing about this music festival is that the sounds you’ll be hearing here are very diverse: you can dance to the pumping techno beats, but also enjoy some classics from the 80’s. You’ll be surrounded by chilled vibes, stunning decor, fun games, hippie markets, amazing dancers and great food. This magical place will leave you enchanted by the end of the night!
One of the biggest and most well known techno festivals is Awakenings. The two-day event takes place on the weekend of the 29th June at Spaarnwoude and attracts around 80,000 visitors. This year the line-up includes some amazing names, such as Adam Beyer, Ben Sims, Dax J, Joris Voorn and Sven Väth who will take over the stages and help make your weekend an unforgettable one. Not only are the acts a reason to visit this festival, the organization is known for their impressive lights that will make you feel as if you’re in a laser tag hall, but inside a tent. This event is for sure a must-go!
Milkshake is not your average festival, it’s an event with a clear message, which is all about respect, freedom, fun, love and tolerance. The organization encourages people to think outside of the box and for everyone to be themselves completely. Cool concept, right? Besides, the music is out of this world! At Milkshake there are nine stages where you’ll be hearing electronic, house and techno sounds all while dancing under the sun. The festival is held on the weekend of the 27th of July at the Westerpark. This milkshake will definitely bring everyone to the yard…
Loveland is one of the OG’s of festivals, it’s been returning back to the city for 15 years! This year it’s held on the weekend of the 10th August at Sloterpark. The festival is known for inviting some big names to its stages. This year you can expect to hear the sets of amazing artists like Carl Cox, Chris Liebing, Henrik Schwarz, Loco Dice, Speedy J and many more. Besides great music, there’s also delicious food and amazing art available. The cool thing about Loveland is that it attracts a diverse audience: anyone and everyone can enjoy their day here! Nothing’s too crazy at Loveland…
Appelsap Fresh Music
What started out as a free summer gathering in 2000, has grown into a successful hip hop, grime, R&B and electronic music festival. Appelsap is famous for introducing “fresh” acts to the Flevopark, every year. They’ve given the stage to world class artists like Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Migos and many more. Besides, it’s known for giving a platform to smaller, local artists as well. The music is great, but the food? Even better. Appelsap offers a wide range of international cuisines to its audience. Definitely worth checking out! This year the festival is held on the 10th August at Flevopark.
A day at Mysteryland is one that you won’t forget. This unique festival is known for being one of the biggest in the country. Here, anyone can enjoy themselves: especially with the wide variety of music styles that range from dubstep, hip hop and disco to house, techno and electronic. There’s more than 300 artists that will perform on 16 (!) stages at this amazing festival, including artists like Martin Garrix, Diplo, Ben Sims and many more. Besides enjoying the great music you can find impressive exhibitions and of course delicious food. Mark the weekend of August 24 in your calendar, because that is the date the kingdom of Mysteryland will return to the Haarlemmermeer.
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Article by Nylofar Damanafshan