Melkweg

Concert Venue / Club / Art Gallery / Theater
Melkweg Set in an old milk factory, Melkweg (Milky Way) is an entertainment/arts complex with a bar, club, movie theater, and art gallery. Amsterdam Holland 52.3651277 4.8813205
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Party Earth Review Set in an old milk factory, Melkweg (Milky Way) is an entertainment/arts complex with a bar, club, movie theater, and art gallery. Though the venue features a variety of live concerts during the week, the post-show club... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 7:30pm–end of event, F–Sa 7:30pm–5am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Melkweg Schedule of Events

Aug01Fri
Melkweg - Concert Venue | Club | Art Gallery | Theater in Amsterdam.

Concert / Punk

7:00 pm
Implants
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Aug05Tue
Down

Concert / Metal / Rock

7:30 pm
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Aug06Wed
Melkweg - Concert Venue | Club | Art Gallery | Theater in Amsterdam.

Concert / Reggae

8:00 pm
Fantan Mojah
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Aug09Sat
Melkweg - Concert Venue | Club | Art Gallery | Theater in Amsterdam.

Concert / Cover Bands / Rock / Tribute Band

9:00 pm
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Aug12Tue
Chelsea Wolfe

Concert / Singer / Songwriter

7:00 pm
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Aug12Tue
NOFX

Concert / Hardcore / Punk

7:30 pm
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Aug15Fri
Melkweg - Concert Venue | Club | Art Gallery | Theater in Amsterdam.

Concert / Rap

8:00 pm
​Little Big
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Aug22Fri
Kill All Hipsters

Concert / EDM / Electronic / Indie

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Aug25Mon
Thee Oh Sees

Concert / Indie Rock

7:00 pm
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Oct11Sat
Death From Above 1979

Concert / Alternative Rock

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Oct22Wed
Hopsin

Concert / Hip-Hop

7:30 pm
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Party Earth Melkweg Review

The Scene

Set in an old milk factory, Melkweg (Milky Way) is an entertainment/arts complex with a bar, club, movie theater, and art gallery.

Set in an old milk factory, Melkweg (Milky Way) is an entertainment/arts complex with a bar, club, movie theater, and art gallery.

Though the venue features a variety of live concerts during the week, the post-show club gigs that swing into gear afterwards are just as popular with the local music lovers who show up to dance to everything from house and hip-hop to Latin and pop.

Two different areas in the complex are dedicated to concerts and after-parties, some of which take place simultaneously: the Max room holds a 1,500-person crowd, while the Oude Zaal room holds a more “intimate” 700. Both spaces, though rather bare, are equipped with a balcony, a few side platforms to stand on, and an excellent sound system.

Bars in the two rooms are located in the back and provide the best place to meet new people, away from the mayhem, as well as a quieter area to cool off and enjoy a drink.

The rest of the complex has plenty to offer as well. Eat @ Jo’s Café is located in the back of the Melkweg and draws pre-party and artsy crowds, as does the gallery next door, which usually hosts powerful photography exhibits.

Offerings are rounded out by an indie cinema, a media film room, and a cozy tea room upstairs, making Melkweg a playground for culture hounds by day and clubbers by night.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you want to hang out with an easygoing crowd, then Melkweg is definitely the place to do it, whether you see a band or not. That said, the ‘up-close and personal’ nature of the place makes any live show here worth seeing.

  • Crowd

    Young and casual on club nights, late teens to late 20s. Somewhat older for concerts, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live concerts of up-and-coming indie radio bands. On the weekends, club tunes vary between house, hip-hop, and pop.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    A different menu every day typically includes Greek salads, Mexican soups, Thai tofu, Tikka lamb, vegetarian and vegan options, and a vast selection of appetizers.

  • Prices

    Cover charge €5–€35 depending on the performer. A membership fee of €2–€3 may also apply. Menu €8+. Beer €2.50, wine €2.80, mixed drinks €6.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    The club is busiest Thursdays through Saturdays, but check the website to see what’s happening every night. Big-name bands sometimes play earlier in the week.

Melkweg User Reviews

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Snarky Puppy at Melkweg - a first experience
Marjolein R. Nov 8, 2013
It was one of my first nights out in Amsterdam, we headed to the Melkweg, unwittingly trying to take our bikes on the tram from central. Mistake. So after a slightly confusing bike ride later, we finally arrived. We missed the support, the woman at the desk even apologised to me about this as I bought my ticket, I didn't mind, I really only cared about seeing Snarky Puppy and I was just so excited to get inside a venue I have heard so much about over the years. On entering the venue I was immediately impressed by the sound. Snarky Puppy, a band of over ten members, require a wide range of coverage and the venue did not let them down. The volume was nice and loud, yet the crowd was so immersed in the band between songs you could have heard an empty plastic glass drop, which we did, on many occasion. The crowd themselves seemed a devoted bunch, even singing along to a song Snarky Puppy had just written, one none of us had even heard before and even with all the bodies in the room the whole venue was so well air conditioned it kept everyone at a nice cool temperature. The room was packed with people, a full house, yet it was still quite easy to get to the bar where service was quick and efficient and non judgemental when I bought 5 beers and 4 shots. Although I wish they warned this Scottish lass about Jonge Jenever, it’s quite hard to shot! After the gig the band hung around to meet fans and sign merchandise, meanwhile the room we had been was being transformed into a 90s disco. This was like the added cherry to the night. We may have been late to the gig, but we got a whole club night out of the gig too, perhaps we were meant to leave and buy re-entry... but we were having too much of a good time to get out. On entering the venue I was immediately impressed by the sound. Snarky Puppy, a band of require a wide range of coverage and the venue did not let them down. The volume was nice and loud, yet the crowd was so immersed in the band between songs you could have heard an empty plastic glass drop, which we did, on many occasion. The room was packed with people, a full house, yet it was still quite easy to get to the bar where service was quick and efficient and non judgemental when I bought 5 beers and 4 shots. Although I wish they warned this Scottish lass about
One of the best venues in Amsterdam.
Ktca A. Jul 19, 2013
It is Amsterdam's biggest multi-functional entertainment venue. The Melkweg, (Milky way) is not only very central, it also offers music, drama, movies, a weekend disco, a bar and a restaurant. Although this converted brewery looks huge, inside there are three smaller stages so avid fans can get close to their favorite band. The Melkweg is the main venue for The Amsterdam Roots Festival, an annual world music event in mid-June, with acts from Senegal, Sudan and elsewhere performing until the early hours of the morning. The annual music and writing festival, Crossing Borders is also held here, (one among five other local venues involved), and it's worth coming to Amsterdam for this every November.
Amazing venue for a good night out
Josh H. Jul 2, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience here. Everyone was on such a good vibe and I felt very welcome there. The staff were friendly and helpful which made this first Dutch clubbing experience that much more enjoyable. Drum and bass parties in England are quite grotty a lot of the time, but I didn't get that feeling at all there. I'm not keen on having some topless guy rub his sweaty, spotty back all over me and I much prefer to have a little space that I can actually dance in, of which there was plenty at Melkweg, even though it was a big night. The way the main room is set out with the balconies surrounding it create an epic immersive environment and means no matter where you are you have a clear view of the stage. Everywhere was accessible too, making it fairly easy to get around. Prices were decent and music level and quality was perfect. Would recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam to check this place out.
An obligatory place to visit if you are in Amsterdam!
Joanna W. May 29, 2013
this place is amazing, for two reasons- you can chill inside that club during the day when is open the cafe, and also at night, when you would like to dance and hear great sounds from worldwide Dj's. Me and my friends just love Melkweg!
Most awsome Venue so far in Holland.
Fang T. Apr 26, 2013
I have been to The Melkweg once for a dubstep party, me and my friends totally loved it. The light set, atmosphere and the bass.. Everything was just right and perfect. Looking forward to the next big event there again soon!
Versatile and Highly Accommodating Club
Eliza S. Apr 15, 2013
The Melkweg is by far one of my favourite clubs/music venues in the city. Offering anything from dark and heavy Major League drum n bass shows to more tranquil indie bands, this club always has good energy and lots of awesome music to offer. The sound system is one of the best in the city and the staff are generally very nice and there to help you, unlike some clubs where you feel like they are 'out to get you'. The restaurant turns into a smoking room for gigs/shows at night which is one of the best attributes of this club--although it is very easy to miss an entire show sitting in that room, chatting about nothing and everything with your friends or people you've just met! I definitely recommend visiting this club if you are visiting, as it generally is void of tourists..
Worldwide top musicians performing live in amsterdam, Melkweg
João V. Feb 7, 2013
Melkweg in Amsterdam is a building divided into to spaces one for bigger bands with capacity of 1500 with a view of the stage and oder one for smaller shows with 500 people capacity with great acoustic and a good Vibration. All the shows are unique and it´s one life experience to there an see world´s top musicians performing for good prices and excellent quality.
Crazy or mellow, but always fun!
Lalarumpelpumpel S. Dec 13, 2012
I came here to see Devotchka with Aud and a flatmate of mine. I didn't know their music too well, but I love the gypsy sound and I trusted that Aud knew what we were doing. We were at the room on the right, and it was a very fun crowd, not too many people but a really amazing performance. You can get very close to the stage, and even in the very back it still feels close. Then I came back with Aud when she came to take photos one night, on a "busy" night, and the entire Melkweg was just insane. You couldn't even get from one end to the other, just hundreds and hundreds of kids there for techno, and I think a lot of them came from out of town. So you never know what you'll get at Melkweg!
Cemented in the city scene
Mokum G. Dec 10, 2012
What this reviewer forgets to tell that MokumGroupie will kindly remind her of is the time that Jimmy Eat World played in the big room. The fact that Melkweg has no policy on stage divers, thus no protection on the crowd, resulted in a big injury. Not only did she get wiped out by a giant Dutchman on stage, she also tore her meniscus. All because some roadie from Jimmy Eat World took it upon himself to play bouncer and threw a fan off stage and on to this reviewer. She needed physical therapy for three months before things were cool again. Don't forget that Aud! All accidents aside, this is a staple for gigs in Amsterdam, and MokumGroupie supports Melkweg. Great venue, a must for music lovers.
Great venue for live music
Arjan v. Dec 9, 2012
Melkweg is a modern concert venue with great sound and a good atmosphere. You have two halls, one where the bigger bands are playing (1500 people capacity) and one where the smaller bands perform (500 people capacity). The small one is my favorite, but both are excellent venues for checking out live music. I usually go there for punk rock concerts, and they always get the interesting bands to play there. Highly recommended. One thing I dislike about Melkweg is that they add an extra fee for membership (about 3 euro) in addition to your ticket. Other than that: cool place to hang out at.
Get there for a gig!
Amster M. Dec 9, 2012
There are times when there are two good gigs going on at the same time, and even if you want to see them both you can't buy a ticket for both. That's a flaw, and I wish it could change, but you either are in it for the big room or small room. Either or both rooms are just rad. The small room can get intimate, and there isn't a bad place in the room. With the bigger room, get to the front on the side where the steps are for the best view (especially if you're not the tallest person around). Otherwise rock it right in the front... there's always room for a good time here!
Two stages, all kinds of music
Craig B. Dec 9, 2012
As I mentioned in my review of Sugar Factory, I had the opportunity to get into this venue and others free of charge thanks to the free music and arts festival called Uitmarkt. Melkweg played hipper, more mainstream artists but that isn't to say there wasn't some cool weird stuff there as well. I caught Gork A27 (a group of what had to have been teenagers playing some solid prog rock), Samora (a dubstep/soul group), Julius (indie rock), and The Fudge (rock and roll). And from all the posters I saw around the city, that's not a bad representation of the kinds of music you can find here. The posters I saw represented a pretty big range of the type of artists who play at Melkweg. There's indie (i.e., Hot Chip), post-hardcore (i.e., Asking Alexandria), club music (i.e., Deadmau5), and more. Just check the concert listings and, unless you simply don't like any music being made today around the world, you'll probably find something to enjoy.
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