Best Festivals in The Netherlands

by Tanja
The best festivals of The Netherlands

In 2019 there are hundreds of music festivals in The Netherlands. The music at these dance festivals ranges from dance music to rock, from hip hop to folk and from metal to latin. Some of the best festivals in the Netherlands combine different styles of music.

Music festivals in The Netherlands sell out quickly. Below is a list of the best festivals of The Netherlands in 2019 and links to ticket sale. For one-day festivals and festivals in cities like Amsterdam, there is usually no camping available. Here you will find options for hotels and hostels (packages). What’s up with Amsterdam receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post.


The Best Festivals of The Netherlands 2019

February 2019

Pleinvrees on tour

When: from 17 february (Amsterdam)
Where: Amsterdam, Tilburg, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Den Haag, Maastricht en Groningen

Pleinvrees On Tour brings a lineup of musically creative house and techno artists to 7 clubs in The Netherlands. Amsterdam’s legendary club Paradiso start the tour on 17 February 2019. Featuring live and DJ sets, the festival is a chance for the acts to experiment more than they might in other more standard environments.

February 2019

A State of Trance Festival

When: 23 February
Where: Utrecht

Growing from Dutch superstar dj Armin van Buuren’s weekly radio show, the State of Trance Festival Utrecht showcases a lineup of some of the best trance DJs in the world. With hypnotically melodic beats and top of the line stage production and pyrotechnics, A State of Trance Festival is a totally immersive experience.

Trance festival Netherlands

March 2019

DLDK: Don't let Daddy know 2019

When: 1 and 2 March, 2019
Where: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

Don’t Let Daddy Know is an all-out EDM festival in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.With a lineup of some of the biggest names in the world, the festival is a must see for all dance music lovers. DLDK Amsterdam is two days of high octane partying, with booming beats, hypnotising stage production, and thousands of amped fans.

April 2019

DGTL

When: 19 – 21 April 2019
Where: Amsterdam NDSM

Like every year, DGTL starts off the open air music festival season in The Netherlands. The cutting edge lineup attracts both underground and mainstream dance lovers. Expect a great scenery at former industrial site of NDSM in Amsterdam North.

April 2019

Kingsday Festival

When: 27 April 2019
Where: Amsterdam

Kingsland Festival celebrates King Willem-Alexander’s birthday with a big dance party. Draped all in orange, everyone at this party is charged and ready to hear big beats and bigger drops backed by state of the art stage production.

Kingsland Festival Netherlands

June 2019

PinkPop Festival

When: 8 – 10 June 2019
Where: Landgraaf (South-Netherlands)

PinkPop is the oldest (1970!) and longest running pop and rock music festival in the world. Pinkpop is the only festival in The Netherlands where you can see the biggest international rockstars live on stage. Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, but also popidol Justin Bieber and Dutch dj Martin Garrix are some of the names of recent years. With camping.

June 2019

Best Kept Secret

When: 31 May – 2 June 2019
Where: Hilvarenbeek

Popular Best Kept Secret Festival is one of the best festivals in The Netherlands. And that is not a secret any longer. It takes place in a safari park in the south of The Netherlands. The alternative music attracts a crowd with a broad taste in music. With camping.

June 2019

Awakenings

When: 29 – 30 June 2019
Where: Spaarnwoude

Awakenings celebrated its 20th anniversary (!!) last year and the techno is still as it should be. Expect all the well known dj’s in the genre and an experienced party crowd. Bus transfers from Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

July 2019

Zwarte Cross

When: 18 – 21 July 2019
Where: Hengelo

Started once as a festival of motor crosses (!) has evolved in of the biggest festivals in The Netherlands. Over 30 different stages, mostly rock music and a crowd that matches the sports and the music. With camping.

July 2019

Welcome to the Future

When: 19 – 20 July 2019
Where: Het Twiske ( Amsterdam Noord)

Welcome To The Future Festival is a house and techno festival near Amsterdam where you can also camp out. The festival’s cornucopia of sights and sounds has generated a loyal following of friendly and inclusive music fans.

July 2019

North Sea Jazz Festival

When: 12 – 14 July 2019
Where: Rotterdam

Since its inception in 1976, The North Sea Jazz Festival has built an reputation as one of the world’s most unique and eclectic events. It attracts music fans from across the globe. It’s big too: over 15 stages inside Rotterdam’s Ahoy stage.

August 2019

Crazy Sexy Cool Festival

When: 3 August
Where: Zuiderpark Rotterdam

Zuiderpark Rotterdam transforms into a circus full mysterious creatures, acrobats, carnival rides and, of course, banging beats. Music ranges from deep house and techno all the way to Caribbean dub.

Crazy Sexy Cool Festival Rotterdam Netherlands

August 2019

Paradigm Festival 2019

When: 9 – 11 August
Where: Groningen

A new comer and already legendary: Paradigm Festival in the north of The Netherlands. One of the most diverse and innovative electronic music festivals in The Netherlands.

August 2019

Lowlands Festival

When: 16 – 18 August 2019
Where: Biddinghuizen

Lowlands and Pinkpop are the biggest and oldest festivals in The Netherlands. Lowlands draws a more arty crowd, as the festival features not only the biggest names in dance and alternative music, it also features film, visual art, theatre and it has sporting facilities, massage, market stalls and many restaurants. Includes camping.

August 2019

Mysteryland

When: 23 – 25 August 2019
Where: near Amsterdam

Mysteryland is the oldest dance festival in the world. And still standing strong, at the same location: the green Spaarnwoude near Amsterdam. With 17 stages ranging from intimate finds to silent late night discos to awe inspiring main stages, this festival has to be on any electronic music fan’s bucket list.

Mysteryland festival Netherlands

September 2019

Into the Woods

When: 14 – 15 September 2019
Where: Amersfoort

Bringing together some of the very best in underground house and techno, as well as widely acclaimed talent, the lineup reflects the powerful electronic scene of The Netherlands. Into the Woods is also famous for its imaginative setting, decor and crowd.

October 2019

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE 2019)

When: October 2019
Where: Amsterdam

Almost a week long, the international dance scene gather in the Dutch capital city for parties, marketing, networking and business. The Amsterdam Dance Event is the most important event in the dance world.


 

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