King's Day is the Netherlands' biggest celebration of the year. On 27 April, in honour of King Willem-Alexander's birthday, the whole country takes the day off work, dresses up in the national colour of orange and hits the streets.
What's more, a lot of people are so full of Dutch pride that they start the party the night before on the 26th, in what is known as King's Night.
To mark the occasion, a number of killer music festivals have sprung up across the country, because nothing says "I'm happy my king was born" like dancing to your favourite beats day and night.
To make sure things are fair to everyone, all King's Day festivals in the capital go on sale at the same time. This year the date is Thursday, 7 February. However, all this choice at once can be a little overwhelming, so we decided to put together a rundown of your best King's Night and Day options.
Verknipt x Nachtcollege - Kingsnight Special
Lineup: Benny Rodrigues, Franky Rizardo, Luuk van Dijk B2B Cuartero, ROD
King's Day brings people Dutch people together. This collaboration between Verknipt and Nachtcollege is proof of that. The two promoters have teamed up to get the party rolling early with this King's Night special. If you want to show your national pride by partying for the entirety of the holiday, including the night before, this is where to start.
When & where: 26 April, Central Studios, Rotterdam
Lineup: Jonna Fraser, Bizzey, Lil' Kleine, GirlsLoveDJs, Freddy Moreira, BIGGI
A party with your choice of location, TIKTAK is taking its patented urban-electro sounds to three Dutch cities for King's Night. Mixing live acts and DJs TIKTAK events have an energy to them that few can match in The Netherlands.
When & where: 26 April, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam
Lineup: Secret Cinema, Olivier Weiter, Miss Melera, Applescal, Tunnelvisions
Set under the Erasmus bridge looking over the Nieuwe Maas, Kroon Festival is putting the Dutch underground on full display in the heart of Rotterdam. Catering to the the dialled in end of the musical fandom spectrum, if you know the difference between vaporwave and synthwave, you'll feel at home here.
When & where: 27 April, Willemsplein, Rotterdam
Lineup: Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Vini Vici, Headhunterz, Timmy Trumpet
The biggest King's Day parties, there are now five Kingsland festivals spread across the Netherlands. Featuring some of the biggest names in Dutch music and immersive stage production, these are energy-packed all-out jams.
When & where: 27 April, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Bosch, Groningen, Twente
Loveland Van Oranje
Lineup: Sven Väth, Chris Liebing B2B ROD, Alan Fitzpatrick B2B Eats Everything, Enrico Sangiuliano B2B Secret Cinema
One of the biggest brands in Dutch music, don't think for a second Loveland wouldn't jump at the chance to show their national pride. Putting together rare B2B performances throughout its lineup, this is not to be missed.
When & where: 27 April, Meerpark, Amsterdam
King's Day takes place on 27 April throughout the Netherlands. Check our guides and book your tickets & packages here.
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