May 18-26, 2013 Indie fans get ready for a packed lineup of indie rock bands and artists at the annual Indiestad. For over a week in May, Indiestad invades some of the most popular venues in Amsterdam including Paradiso and Amstelkerk ... moreThroughout the city
Soccer / Music Festival
May 25 Sportpark Drieburg Sports and music have a long love affair. Think about how many times “We Will Rock You” by Queen has blared over the loudspeakers at countless stadiums across the globe. Every May in Amsterdam, sports and music ... more
1097 HK, Amsterdam
Jun 8-9, 2013 Gaasperpark Electronic dance music (EDM) fans gear up for a weekend of dancing at the annual Amsterdam Open Air. Held each ... more
Music Festival / DJ Event
Jun 29 11:00am Recreatiegebied Spaarnwoude Come summertime, Earth’s citizenry heads to a variety outdoor music festivals. In Amsterdam, there’s no celebration of music more fun than the techno infused Awakenings Festival every June. Awakenings Festival ... moreGenieweg 46
Jul 5-6, 2013 Westergasfabriek
DJ Event / Music Festival
Arena Boulevard 1
Jul 7 Featuring renowned artists and emerging talent, the Festival showcases latest developments and crossovers in music ... moreThroughout the city
Known for its laid-back citizenry and appreciation for the arts, it’s no wonder that Amsterdam’s music festivals are some of the cooler live performances in Europe. With all the romance and bombast of the city itself, these dance-heavy events add a spark of excitement to the already-bustling town.
Music festivals in Amsterdam usually take place in one of the city’s gorgeous parks, and are generally geared toward the time-honored European tradition of dance, electronica, and hip-hop, with gatherings like Pitch, Dance Valley, and the Bass Festival bringing together seasoned veterans and up-and-comers in the field of turntables and throbbing subwoofers. But not all of the city’s outdoor fests are geared toward fly kicks and hot wax – the nine-day Grachtenfestival showcases classical and world music, and includes performances on rooftops and along the canals, while the Roots Festival gives listeners a taste of crossover music from around the globe.
Being a city of zen-like cool, Amsterdam’s festival circuit does err on the kinder side of the spectrum; one rarely finds gangsta rap, heavy metal, or hard-drinking country at these open-air spectacles. But for those looking for a nice time, these music festivals are the place to find good vibes and fun people.