Desmet Studio's

Bar / Live Music Venue
Desmet Studio's Desmet Studio's is a small but high-tech television and radio studio that has given over Thursday nights to Amsterdam's popular radio station 3VOOR12, which hosts free live music for a select group of in-the-know music fans... Amsterdam Holland 52.3669828 4.909725
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Party Earth Review Desmet Studio’s is a small but high-tech television and radio studio that has given over Thursday nights to Amsterdam’s popular radio station 3VOOR12, which hosts free live music for a select group of in-the-know music... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Th 10pm–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

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Desmet Studio's is a small but high-tech television and radio studio that has given over Thursday nights to Amsterdam's popular radio station 3VOOR12, which hosts free live music for a select group of in-the-know music fans...

Desmet Studio’s is a small but high-tech television and radio studio that has given over Thursday nights to Amsterdam’s popular radio station 3VOOR12, which hosts free live music for a select group of in-the-know music fans.

Just down the hall from the entrance is an intimate 300-person venue where bands like The Shins, The Kooks, and Radiohead have performed secret sessions for a lucky few.

The impressive audio and visual equipment offers enough power to rival that of a rock arena, and a collection of pro video cameras reel around the walls as colorful stage lighting bounces in sync with the music.

A bar and lounge area occupies the front room, so the crowd of fans and music industry types can duck in and out between sets to freshen their drinks or grab a snack. The scarlet walls hold flat-screen TVs that relay the action from the stage, while a DJ spins radio hits in the back behind a collage of music posters.

For those who know about it, Desmet is the best option for a high-spirited and unusual Thursday night out.

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Tip from Emma:

You have to sign up to get into Desmet on Thursdays, but it only takes a minute to register online at 3VOOR12’s website. Click on ‘Inloggen’ on the top left of the home page. Once you can sign in, click the tab that says ‘3VOOR12 Gastenlijst’ on the bottom right of 3VOOR12’s main page. Then just type your name on the online guest list, add a plus one, and you’re all set!

  • Crowd

    Amsterdam’s music scene, from fans to bands to record labels and venue workers, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    The usual lineup consists of three bands, each playing a 30-minute set. Bands vary from well-known acts to up-andcoming artists. Also visible from the performance room is the radio broadcast booth where the DJ – one of the most famous in the country – spins familiar hits live on a national radio station.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Free admission. Beer €2.20, wine €2.80, mixed drinks €5.70+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday nights.

  • Close By

    Two cheerful warm-up bars nearby are Café Smit & Voogt across the street and Café Koosje (33 Plantage Middenlaan).

Desmet Studio's User Reviews

Average rating:
Top notch, when it was around!
Mokum G. Dec 5, 2012
MokumGroupie went to Desmets in partnership with an American music magazine to do a short video report on the place. This was when they were having their free showcase every Thursday. We got great footage of two Dutch groups performing together: Rotterdam's The Madd, and local hip hop artist Dio. They were a hit, and photos from that night would make it to local entertainment mags that month. We even sat down a disc jockey legend for some Q&A. Great footage. Never used. But Desmet is in our books as Amsterdam's best short-lived secret. These nights are on hold at the moment, I've got my fingers crossed it will start again someday.
Amazing and enjoyable music venue experience
Amster M. Dec 4, 2012
Desmets was like my secret crush for a venue as a student. It was right down the street from where I lived, and it put on the table what I loved most: live music, intimate setting, great musicians and for no charge. I never caught any super band like Radiohead, but I did see some great up and coming acts there. It really felt like a showcase, like how bands performed in the early 1960s -- get on stage, play your hits, promote your full set going on elsewhere, and get off. I actually liked that, and I think they did, too. It all made a very relaxing environment, and I met some really great people there.
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