Best Music Festivals in The Netherlands for 2018

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.


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Down The Rabbit Hole 2018

June 29-July 1, 2018

Beuningen, Netherlands

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.


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Mysteryland Netherlands 2018

August 24-26, 2018

Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands

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.



Pinkpop 2018

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

Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

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

Spaarnwoude, Netherlands

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.


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Solar Weekend 2018

August 2-5, 2018

Roermond, Netherlands

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.


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FortaRock 2018

June 1-2, 2018

Nijmegen, Netherlands

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

Ysselsteyn, Netherlands

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

Velsen, Netherlands

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

Leeuwarden, Netherlands

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.


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