Amsterdam. A European party capital, millions of people flock to the city every year to get a piece of the culture found no where else in the world. With 165 canals and incredible night-life, it's plain to see why Amsterdam is on everyone's bucket list.
As The Netherlands' most populous city, of course it makes sense that a lot of the country's most sought after festivals such as happen right in the heart of the infamous city, attended by people from all over the world and soundtracked by some of the best DJs in the business.
Of course the all-encompassing Amsterdam Dance Event is the biggest event of the year, annually turning the entire city into a giant music festival and conference for five days as 500,000 people descend on the Dutch capital to experience every conceivable sight and sound electronic music can provide.
Beyond this behemoth, here are our Top 10 favourite music festivals in Amsterdam.
Founded by the DJ legend Marco Carola, Music On is one of the city's most respected within techno and tech-house. Every year Carola curates a lineup of some of his favourite electronic acts to fill the weekend with international headliner acts as well as new and fresh up-and-comers.
When & where: 9-10 May 2020, Havenpark
Part of the acclaimed brand DGTL, who host house and techno festivals all over the world, DGTL Amsterdam is their flagship event. Since 2013, DGTL have been producing state of the art, innovative and cutting edge parties at the NDSM Docklands - one of the cultural hubs of the city. The festival also has a big focus on sustainability, championing green initiatives and using the latest technology to make festivals better for the environment.
When & where: 11-12 April 2020, NDSM Docklands
Celebrating 25 years of Loveland in 2020, organisers are aiming to give you the best event yet. With a high status across The Netherlands, the festival annually features a star-studded lineup. Taking you to the lush leafy green Sloterpark, enter an immersive techno nirvana for the weekend.
When & where: 8-9 August, Sloterpark
The rise of Don't Let Daddy Know would make a good movie. What started as a small party on Ibiza has skyrocketed to become one of the leading brands in EDM, hosting festivals in 18 countries around the world and welcoming nearly 500,000 people from 131 nationalities. Big names and bigger beats is the name of the game here, combining for an all out party atmosphere.
When & where: 6 March 2020, RAI Amsterdam
Spread across the city, Spring Break Amsterdam is a multi-venue festival, centred in eight of Amsterdam's best clubs, hosting performances from 60 party-starting artists over its four days. The festival has every type of electronic sub genre you can think of, with parties being held on beaches and boats, as well as hosting pub crawls across the historic city.
When & where: 5-8 April 2020, Various venues
Are you looking for something fresh and exciting that pushes away genre and mixes everything together to form a beautiful amalgamation of sound? Dekmantel is the ultimate festival for both ravers and DJs, encouraging its acts to take risks, giving them the chance to experiment and head in new directions. With this ethos the festival has risen to become one of the most respected in Europe.
When & where: 31 July - 4 August 2020, Amsterdamse Bos
Now on its 9th edition, Milkshake is a place for everyone: every size, shape, colour, gender, or sexual orientation can come together and celebrate the beautiful diversity of music. Anchored in electronic music, Milkshake offers an array of different genres across several musical areas, with loads of activities also. The main theme is freedom of expression and inclusivity - a festival bursting with colour. The festival also holds a disability friendly festival the day before the main event called 'Mini Milkshake'.
When & where: 25-26 July 2020, Westerpark
AMF, in partnership with DJ Mag, is where the publication reveals its vaunted annual top 100 DJs poll results. The Netherlands is considered by many to be the home of EDM, so this is pretty appropriate. The festival is a celebration of the biggest movers and shakers in house, techno, EDM and hardstyle, all going down at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, which is the biggest indoor venue in The Netherlands.
When & where: 24 October 2020, Johan Cruijff ArenA
Amsterdam Open Air is a music, arts and culinary festival, created as a collaboration between a handful of Dutch promotors to celebrate The Netherlands culture. With nine musical areas, the festival celebrates national and international artists, giving a platform for aspiring creators to showcase their work. With a fashion-forward approach, the festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary milestone in 2020.
When & where: 6-7 June 2020, Gaasperpark
STRAF_WERK is one of the most prolific dance and music brands in The Netherlands. Hosting events throughout the year, SWF is their big summertime blowout. A classic outdoor event with an electronic core, the festival is an excellent excuse to get out into the summer sun to dance the day away. With Dutch DJs taking the floor, from international stars to the next big thing, this is one of the highlights of the year in The Netherlands.
When & where: 15 August 2020, Havenpark
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