The Dutch love music festivals, with one of the most packed seasons of the summer. We picked a few of our favorites below, but be warned, we have barely scratched the surface when it comes to the sheer amount of fests in the Netherlands. See even more ideas in our Netherlands music festival calendar.
Best Kept Secret Festival 2018
June 8-10, 2018
Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
One of the highlights of the Dutch festival season, the Best Kept Secret Festival brings a world-class lineup to the south of the Netherlands. The beautiful location boasts an incredible lake, plenty of camping options, and multiple stages to complete the weekend.
Featured Artists: Arctic Monkeys, CHVRCHES, Deerhunter, Father John Misty, Future Islands, LCD Soundsystem, Mogwai, Spoon, The Kills, The National, Ty Segall, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vince Staples, Warpaint, Wavves, Waxahatchee, Wolf Alice
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Down The Rabbit Hole 2018
June 29-July 1, 2018
Lose yourself at Down the Rabbit Hole. Set on the edge of a lake (yes, there is swimming) this indie rock bonanza in The Netherlands is one of MFW's favorite fests of the summer. All of the main stages are placed under massive circus tents so no need to worry about the famous rains of the region.
Featured Artists: Calexico, First Aid Kit, Franz Ferdinand, IDLES, Jon Hopkins, MGMT, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Odesza, Portugal. the Man, Queens of the Stone Age, Rival Sons, St. Vincent, The Black Madonna, Thee Oh Sees
Mysteryland Netherlands 2018
August 24-26, 2018
The longest running dance festival in the world takes place in the Netherlands for two days every August and even spawned a spin-off in the United States. After a day of hedonistic dancing, Mysteryland fans find solace at Holy Ground Camping. Mysteryland strongly believes in "festival soul", focusing on sustainability and local participation.
June 15-17, 2018
Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Delighting the Netherlands since 1970, Pinkpop is the old and longest running annual dedicated pop and rock music festival in the world. 60,000 festies a day show up for the three-day festival to groove out to music on 4 separate stages.
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Lowlands Festival 2018
August 17-19, 2019
Although it’s officially called A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise, most fans simply call it Lowlands. The annual 3-day music and camping festival is held just 40 miles outside of Amsterdam and covers a wide range of genres. The festival calls itself “a true backpacker’s Garden Of Eden and Holland’s most adventurous cultural outdoorevent, offering a cutting edge choice of only the best in alternative music, film, stand-up comedy, visual arts, literature and street theatre.”
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Awakenings Festival 2018
June 30-July 1, 2018
It’s one of the most well known electronic music festival in Europe and the largest outdoor techno festival in the world. 80,000 visitors in just two short days are blasted with more than 100 DJs at Awakenings just outside of Amsterdam.
Solar Weekend 2018
August 2-5, 2018
Solar Weekend began life as a progressive initiative but has since evolved into a creative multi-day festival with an inspiring lineup of artists. The festival is filled with all sorts of adventures including massive water gun battles, fairground rides, and merry-go-rounds. Each year has a theme that ties all the fun-stuff together along with a dizzying array of musical zones to fit your mood.
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DGTL Festival 2018
March 30-April 1, 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Expanding from its roots as an Amsterdam electronic festival, the DGTL Festival can now be enjoyed around the globe. DGTL invites the very best from popular and unground techno to populate their expansive lineup, while the crew behind the scenes pushes their artistic limits with visual art installations that are out of this world.
June 1-2, 2018
Taking 2017 off to retool the festival, the heaviest festival of the year returns to Holland in 2018. It’s going to be a strong lineup of metal and rock for the 40,000 expected fans.
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Jera on Air 2018
June 28-30, 2018
Holland's finest punk, hardcore, and metalcore get together in Ysselsteyn along with international touring acts. This 8,000 attendee open air festival has grown over the years and now includes two festival tents, the famous Punkbrockbar, a chill area, a food court, signing sessions, a festival market and camping.
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Dance Valley 2018
August 11, 2018
For over two decades, the iconic Dance Valley has welcomed electronic to this massive single-day festival. With 10+ stages and 60,000 dance happy revelers, this is truly one of the wildest parties of the summer. The electronic music is varied, dipping into sub-genres like trance, hardstyle, EDM, and techno.
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Into The Grave 2018
August 10-11, 2018
This Dutch metal festival makes brings out the hard rock during the sunny dog days of August at the foot of the Oldehove (an unfinished medieval tower) in Leeuwarden. The small two-day festival is perfect for metal fans who want to some incredible bands in a close atmosphere.
Featured Artists: Suicidal Tendencies
Photo Credit: Erwin Jonkman