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.freeyourmindfestival.nl
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. www.retropop.nl
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.bestkeptsecret.nl
27-28th June Concert at Sea
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.concertatsea.nl
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! www.parkpop.nl
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.” www.amsterdamroots.nl
Their noble domains are laid out before you. Let the dancing begin!
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.zwartecross.nl
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.reggaesundance.nl
23 August – 15 September
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.magneetfestival.nl Can you hear the thunder? The passion is rising. Let the festival reign begin! «