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The Best Music Festivals in the Netherlands 2017

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Updated: 27 February 2017
In order to prepare eager music aficionados for the coming summer, Culture Trip has rounded up the best festivals taking place in the Netherlands during 2017. This year, several big names are set to appear at events around the country, including Radiohead, Lil’ Wayne and Norah Jones, alongside smaller, equally important international acts like Arca or Migos and leading Dutch talent such as SMIB, Fatima Yamiha and Weval.


📅  Saturday, July 1

Although Pitch usually takes place in Amsterdam’s Westerpark at the beginning of July, this year the festival has moved to a larger site on NDSM-Werf, near to IJ-Hallen, Hotel Faralda and Pllek. Pitch’s program is mainly orientated around contemporary, popular electronic and dance music. British post-dub step duo Mount Kimbie and Dutch cult favourite Fatima Yamiha have already been announced and many more names are set to appear on Pitch’s line-up in the coming months.

📍NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam


📅  Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20

Officially titled a Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise, this massive, three-day festival in Flevoland province always features an astonishing line-up of established and promising names from the highest echelons of contemporary music. This year the XX, Editors and Mumford & Son will top the bill at Lowlands alongside a diverse roster of other acts such as Nina Kraviz, Iggy Pop and Cypress Hill.

📍 Walibi Holland, Spijkweg 30, Biddinghuizen

Best Kept Secret

📅  Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18

While Best Kept Secret is a relatively new addition to the Netherlands summer calendar, the festival has already proved its grit by booking an impressive range of names over the past three consecutive years. In fact, in 2017 Best Kept Secret has completely outdone itself by securing three of the biggest recording acts in the world, namely: Run the Jewels, Arcade Fire and Radiohead.

📍 Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek

Dekmental Festival

📅   Wednesday, August 2 to Sunday, August 6

Helmed by Amsterdam’s famed event organisers of the same name, Dekmental Festival always attracts a massive number of celebrated underground producers and DJs from a wide range of Electronic Dance Music genres. The festival is spread over four days and mainly takes place inside Amsterdamse Bos — a massive forest in the south of Amsterdam.

📍 Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen

North Sea Jazz Festival

📅  Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9

While its name might suggest that this festival exclusively showcases jazz music, many other genres are represented on its line-up, including blues, funk, rock, R&B and hip hop. Since its first iteration in 1976, the North Sea Jazz Festival has grown into an internationally recognised event and is acknowledged as the largest indoor jazz festival in the world. Norah Jones, Herbie Hancock and Jamiroquai have already been announced to appear at this year’s festival, alongside many other guests.

📍 Rotterdam Ahoy, Ahoyweg 10, Rotterdam

Appelsap Fresh Music Festival

📅   Saturday, August 12

Each year Appelsap brings together a fresh mix of leading international hip hop, electronic and R&B artists as well as a formidable pool of local talent. The festival originally started out as free block jam back in 2000 and steadily grew into one of the largest summer events in the Netherlands. Today, Appelsap maintains its ties with Amsterdam and the Netherland’s music scene whilst also paying close attention to contemporary artistic developments across the globe.

📍 Flevopark, Flevoweg, Amsterdam


📅  Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, July 30

Milkshake is a collaborative effort made possible by the shared passion of several musically oriented organisations based in Amsterdam, including Club NYX, Paradiso, and Club Air. The festival maintains an inclusive policy and several of its stages are managed by the city’s major LGBT event teams. Although Milkshake’s line-up is still unconfirmed, it regularly books internationally esteemed artists from a wide spectrum of genres.

📍 Westergasfabriek, Pazzanistraat 33, Amsterdam


📅  Saturday, August 19

Apart from this annual festival, Encore frequently organises large hip hop and R&B events around the Netherlands, such as their regular club nights at Melkweg in Amsterdam. The festival is still putting together its line-up and recently announced that influential trap trio Migos will be headlining its program.

📍NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam