King­dom of fes­ti­vals

In the dis­tance, I hear the thun­der of drums. The air vi­brates with the pas­sion of bod­ies pressed to­gether in mo­tion. Find­ing its source, my heart thumps in time to beats, tribal-deep. My body, feet and hands move in de­vo­tion. We, the wor­ship­pers at the a


A gen­tle turn of the ce­les­tial clock means it’s fes­ti­val sea­son again. In a hand­ful of months, more than 40 fes­ti­val king­doms will rise from the ground, reign, and re­cede. Dwellers in the king­dom of song, DJ’s Koen, Wim & Wouter from Q-mu­sic and the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers have pro­vided guid­ance to quench our de­sires, stir our souls and arouse our won­der­ment. Their no­ble do­mains are laid out be­fore you. Let the dancing be­gin!

7 June Free Your Mind


Known as the smil­ing people fes­ti­val, laid back, open minded, good qual­ity mu­sic. Dance steps away from the free­dom bridge, where the Al­lies turned the 2nd World War around. Our un­du­lat­ing bod­ies are of­fered un­der­ground, techno, reg­gae and bop step from in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal artists. www.freey­our­mind­fes­ti­

7 June Retropop

Grote Ri­et­plas, Em­men

Tunes that stirred my soul when they were first fresh re­turn to reign again at Retropop. Har­win says Retropop “goes back in time with orig­i­nal bands from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.” This land boasts free park­ing and free elec­tric­ity for campers.

20 - 22 June Best Kept Se­cret

Beekse Ber­gen, Hil­varen­beek

“Fo­cus 100% on mu­sic, with a strong, sharp line-up in which big names are al­ter­nated with many new dis­cov­er­ies from in­die, folk, hip-hop, rock, elec­tron­ics or a mix­ture of styles.” A gor­geous site, beach and swim­ming, ex­cel­lent food and drink make this fes­ti­val the win­ner of the 2013 “best new fes­ti­val” IJz­eren Podi­umdier award. www.bestkept­se­

27-28th June Con­cert at Sea

Brouw­ers­dam, Zee­land

Come to the king­dom by the sea to hear Bløf, pas­sion­ate founder, player and lover of this fes­ti­val. Its unique lo­ca­tion by the sea­side means you are ser­e­naded by songs, sun­sets and soothed by sea breezes. www.con­cer­tat­

29 June ParkPop

Zuider­park The Hague

Ri­anne says her king­dom plays host to a wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal mu­sic artists. King­dom dwellers of all ages are warmly wel­comed and feast on ac­tiv­i­ties, per­for­mance art and mu­sic. Come to this one-day em­pire in the park!

2-6 July Am­s­ter­dam Roots Fes­ti­val


Jo­sine says that “Am­s­ter­dam Roots Fes­ti­val is way more than just a mu­sic fes­ti­val, com­bin­ing a great line-up of artists, young talent shows, dance acts, spo­ken word, an ex­cit­ing food and non-food mar­ket and an en­ter­tain­ing child pro­gramme through­out the day.”­s­ter­dam­

Their no­ble do­mains are laid out be­fore you. Let the dancing be­gin!

25-27th July

Zwarte Cross Fes­ti­val

De Schans in Licht­en­vo­orde-Groenlo.

Pi­eter says this the Zwarte Cross Fes­ti­val was born from the lo­cal rock­band Jovink and the Voeder­bi­e­tels love of mu­sic, and mo­tor-cross. This fes­ti­val com­bines pop, blues, reg­gae, dance mu­sic with Europe’s big­gest mo­tor­cross events com­plete with stunts. This fes­ti­val is one of the largest in the Nether­lands; it’s a vil­lage that’s re­ally an em­pire. www.zwarte­

8-10 Au­gust Reg­gae Sun­dance

Land­goed Velder, Liem­pde

Ruler of the reg­gae, Pa­tri­cia says, “it’s just about the best place to be if you like to be in a re­laxed vibe.” It’s a fes­ti­val made for the lovers of reg­gae mu­sic and the de­sire to make a dif­fer­ence in the world. These gen­tle rulers en­sure ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing chil­dren, have a good time. www.reg­gae­sun­

23 Au­gust – 15 Septem­ber

Mag­neet Fes­ti­val

Zee­burger Is­land, East-Am­s­ter­dam.

Mag­neet Fes­ti­val is not only a mu­sic fes­ti­val; it is the first crowd-sourced fes­ti­val of its kind in Europe. Any­one with an idea can pitch it on the web­site where it is voted on. If your idea is pop­u­lar, it is granted a place at the fes­ti­val. www.mag­neet­fes­ti­ Can you hear the thun­der? The pas­sion is ris­ing. Let the fes­ti­val reign be­gin! «

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