13 Summer Festivals to Spend Your Money On in 2013

Festivals in the Netherlands - Valtifest

Valtifest 2012.

Summer festivals in the Netherlands: there are plenty, in all shapes and sizes. Whether you want to go wild for one day or for a whole weekend, whether you like pop, dance, comedy or theatre — it’s all there. But where to go? We made a list of 13 summer festivals worth spending your energy and money on in 2013. Take your pick!


When? 9 May
Hellendoorn [map]
What? Join 10.000 fellow party people for the 19th edition of Dauwpop. Pop, hiphop, metal, theatre – this one-day festival has got it all.
Who? Andy Burrows, Caro Emerald, Frank Turner, Jacco Gardner, Kaiser Chiefs, Sidney Samson, Therapy?, Will and the People and more.
How much? € 45
Website: http://www.dauwpop.nl/


When? 14 – 16 June
Megaland event site in Landgraaf [map]
What? The oldest pop festival in the Netherlands (since 1970) knows how to lure visitors to the southern province of Limburg: with names like Muse, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen. For the 2013 edition some big names have already been confirmed by Pinkpop founder Jan Smeets, but he’s probably got a couple of surprises up his sleeve still.
Who?  Friday 14 July: The Killers, The Script, Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, Netsky, Handsome Poets, Kodaline, Andy Burrows and Christopher Green. Saturday 15 July: Kings Of Leon, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Phoenix, The Gaslight Anthem, Passenger, C2C, Fun., Ellie Goulding, Miles Kane, Douwe Bob, Graveyard and The Opposites. Zondag 16 juni: Green Day, Ben Howard, Triggerfinger, The Vaccines, Blaudzun, Alt-J, Kensington, Die Antwoord, Lianne La Havas and Group Love. More to be announced.
How much? € 165 for a weekend ticket, € 85 for a one day ticket.
Website: http://www.pinkpop.nl/


When? 21 – 23 June
Beekse Bergen event site in Hilvarenbeek [map]
What? The line-up for the first edition of the Best Kept Secret Festival is already impressive. Both big names and “new discoveries from indie, folk, hip-hop, dub step, rock, electronica or a mixture of styles” will rock the three stages. The festival site is located on the border of a small lake (including beach) and features both a bungalow park and campsites.
Who? Alt-J, Arctic Monkeys, Thomas Azier, Belle and Sebastian, Portishead, Sigur Rós. More to be announced.
How much? € 99 for a weekend ticket, € 52,50 for a one day ticket.
Website: http://www.bestkeptsecret.nl/en/


When? 29 June
Spaarnwoude [map]
What? One of the biggest one-day dance festival of the Netherlands takes place between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m. in a green recreation area between Amsterdam and Haarlem. Last year’s line-up included names like Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim and Richie Hawtin.
Who? To be announced.
How much? In 2012: € 45
Website: http://www.awakenings.nl/


When? 30 June
Zuiderpark in The Hague [map]
What? Started in 1981 as a small local initiative, Parkpop is now the biggest free one-day festival in Europe, with approximately 350.000 visitors. Be prepared for a lot of Dutch talent and international acts like The Asteroids Galaxy Tour and Amy MacDonald, who both played Parkpop 2012.
Who? To be announced.
How much? It’s free!
Website: http://www.parkpop.nl/


When? 5 + 6 July
Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam [map]
What? The third edition of PITCH will again focus on progressive electronic music, often performed by live bands. Previous editions welcomed the likes of Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer and James Blake. We’re very curious what the 2013 line-up will look like.
Who? To be announced.
How much? In 2012: € 63 for a weekend ticket, € 36 for a one day ticket.
Website: http://pitchfestival.nl/


When? 12 – 14 July
Ahoy in Rotterdam [map]
What? Every year, the Netherlands’ biggest and best-known jazz festival presents a line-up that’s at least as good as the year before. The list of jazz icons that visited the festival is endless – from Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald – but North Sea Jazz isn’t just jazz. Blues, gospel, funk, latin and soul are also well-represented.
Who? Santana, John Legend, Sting, Dionne Warwick, Charles Bradley, Gary Clark Jr. More to be announced.
How much? € 189 for a weekend ticket, € 79 for a one day ticket.
Website: http://www.northseajazz.com/en/


When? 21 July – 26 August
Museumpark in Rotterdam [map] (21/6 – 1/7),Westbroekpark in The Hague [map] (6 – 15/7), Moreelsepark in Utrecht [map] (20/7 – 5/8), M.L. Kingpark in Amsterdam [map] (10 – 26/8)
What? De Parade is a travelling festival that visits the four biggest cities in the Netherlands. Last year’s 22nd edition had a record-breaking total of 267.000 visitors. Expect dozens of theatre, music and dance performances (you decide what performances you want to see and pay for) and many different terraces. The atmosphere is truly unique.
Who? To be announced.
How much? € 7 entrance (after 4 a.m.), € 63 for ten performances.
Website: http://www.deparade.nl/


When? 26 – 28 July
Lichtenvoorde [map]
What? “The Zwarte Cross Festival (‘Black Motocross’) is a mixture of sports, music, camping and a lot of bizarre stunts”, according to the festival website. In 2012 there were more than 150.000 visitors, which makes the Zwarte Cross one of the biggest music festival in the Netherlands and the largest motorcycle cross event in Europe. You have to see it to believe it.
Who? At The Gates, Golden Earring, Guus Meeuwis, Heaven’s Basement, Jaya The Cat, Joost van Bellen. More to be announced.
How much? € 100 for a weekend ticket + camping, € 62,50 for a weekend ticket, € 25 for a one day ticket.
Website: http://www.zwartecross.nl/EN


When? 2 – 4 August
De Maasplassen in Roermond [map]
What? Solar describes itself as “a playground for adults”. It’s a creative crossover festival where (mostly electronic) music and other art forms meet. Every visitor can be an artist at Solar, indulging in ‘creactivities’ that take place all over the festival terrain.
Who? To be announced.
How much? € 115 for a holiday ticket (includes camping), € 75 for a weekend ticket, € 49 for a one day ticket.
Website: http://solarweekend.com/en/


When? 16 – 18 August
Walibi Holland event site in Biddinghuizen [map]
What? Of all the summer festivals in the Netherlands, Lowlands is by far the most popular. Just like the last couple of years, the available 55.000 tickets were sold within two hours. Lowlands focuses mainly on music (pop, rock, dance and everything in between), but the festival also offers theatre, comedy and even politics.
Who? Alabama Shakes, Kodaline, The Lumineers, Polica, Slayer. More to be announced.
How much? € 185
Website: http://lowlands.nl/en/


When? September
Openluchttheater in Amersfoort [map]
What? Like the name suggests, this one-day festival takes place in ‘the woods’. The previous edition was sold out in the blink of an eye and featured both established and new names in the world of beeps and bleeps. Check out the 2012 Aftermovie to get an idea of what Into the Woods is all about. An exact date for 2013 has yet to be set
Who? To be announced.
How much? In 2012: € 27,50
Website: http://www.intothewoodsfestival.nl/


When? 7 September
NDSM-werf in Amsterdam [map]
What? This colourful event takes place on the first Saturday of September at the former NDSM shipyard. Every edition has a theme (‘Multicolour’, ‘It’s a Religion’, ‘All in the Family’) that’s reflected in decor and dress code. It’s outrageous, it’s creative, it’s Amsterdam at its best.
Who? To be announced.
How much? In 2012: € 55
Website: http://valtifest.nl/

For a complete list of festivals in the Netherlands and surrounding countries, visit Festivalinfo.nl.

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