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These festivals should not be missing from your agenda

This weekend marks the long-awaited start of the festival season. With more than 1000 festivals per year, the Netherlands is once again proving itself as a leading player this year. Get your trendiest sunglasses out of the closet and write these seven in bold letters in your diary...

Awakenings | March 29 & 30

Once again, Awakenings returns to the 'Temple of Techno' to celebrate where it all began. The iconic Gashouder will provide the backdrop for three events: Friday March 29, Saturday March 30 during the day and Saturday March 30 in the evening. For the true ravers among us; the line-up includes Dax J, Mind Against, Amber Broos, Pan-Pot and Grace Dahl.

DGTL | March 29, 30 & 31

DGTL kicks off the season on March 29 to 31 at the NDSM shipyard. Originated in Amsterdam, the concept has grown into a global brand with editions in New Delhi, São Paulo and Santiago, among others. In addition, the organization is a pioneer in the field of sustainability. DGTL is well on its way to becoming the first regenerative events organization in the world.

Easter doll | March 29, 30 & 31

Paaspop is a three-day music festival that takes place every year during – yes – the Easter weekend in Schijndel. The festival, founded in 1974, has now developed into one of the largest festivals in the Netherlands. The line-up is not bad; artists such as Tiësto, Zara Larsson, Anouk, Douwe Bob and Bizzey will make their appearance on the Paaspop stage.

Free Your Mind Kingsday | April 27th

On Saturday, April 27, it's that time again: the whole of the Netherlands turns orange. Strolling through the city is of course also possible, but King's Day is celebrated exuberantly with countless parties and festivals in honor of our king's birthday. One of these is Free Your Mind Kingsday at Breda International Airport. A day full of techno bangers from major artists such as Reinier Zonneveld, Fatima Hajji and SNTS. The King's Day dream of every techno butterfly...

The Sun Festival | May 19

The Sun Festival traditionally takes place in the Gardens of West. There is an internship for everyone where he or she can go wild, from disco to techno and from punk to even carnival bangers. Let's hope that the sun actually shines to bring the day to a high point.


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Lowlands | August 16, 17 & 18

The tickets for this popular festival were sold out in no time again this year. At its peak, there were reportedly 130.000 applicants in the online queue. Fred Again.., Queens of the Stone Age, Big Thief, Sugababes and Goldband are some of the headliners.

Mysteryland | August 30, 31 & September 1

Tomorrow is a Mystery!” – the unmistakable motto of Mysteryland. The dance festival has been around since 1993 and is an international phenomenon. The 29th edition of Mysteryland is scheduled from Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1, 2024 at the Floriade grounds in Haarlemmermeer. Techno enthusiasts can enjoy performances all weekend long by top artists such as HI-LO, I Hate Models, Lilly Palmer, ARTBAT, Charlotte de Witte, Oliver Heldens and Brennan Heart. But music styles such as hardstyle, trance, EDM, R&B, Hip Hop and Afrobeats are also well represented.