The 30 Best Music Festivals in The Netherlands [2020]
By / February 3, 2020

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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.

Intents Festival 2020


Oisterwijk, Netherlands

Kicking of the Netherlands summer in style, the Intents Festival is a multi-day dance event featuring the best of hardstyle, hardcore and freestyle. The stage production is top-notch with video, pyrotechnics, and lasers all culminating in an impressive finale on the iconic main stage.

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Pinkpop 2020


Landgraaf, 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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Best Kept Secret Festival 2020


Hilvarenbeek, 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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DGTL Festival 2020


Amsterdam, 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 underground 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 2020


Nijmegen, Netherlands

Taking 2017 off to retool the festival, the heaviest festival of the year has returned. It’s going to be a strong lineup of metal and rock for the 40,000 expected fans in Nijmegen.

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Jera on Air 2020


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 2020


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 2020


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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Le Guess Who? 2020


Utrecht, Netherlands

It doesn't get any more undground hipster than Le Guess Who, which brings a curated selection of artists to the Dutch college city of Utrecht. More than a hundred acts take place in venues like clubs, theaters, churches, galleries, and warehouses. If you're wondering where the indie scene is heading, Le Guess Who is the barometer.

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Amsterdam Dance Event 2020


Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Dutch capital of Amsterdam goes off in mid-October when ADE comes to town. 300 parties, 80 venues, and 2000 DJs makes this the electronic event of the season. Amsterdam Dance Event began life as a conference back in 1996 and the daytime events are stuffed with industry professionals and panels. At night, the showcase festival moves into the wild clubs and stages of Amsterdam for non-stop entertainment.

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WooHah Festival 2020


Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands

It's hip-hop in The Netherlands! Woo Hah festival is one the largest hip-hop festivals in the country held at the chill-worthy Safaripark Beekse Bergen. At this natural oasis, campers can find plenty of activities to keep them happy between sets from some of today's biggest names in the scene.

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Dreamfields Festival 2020


Lathum, Netherlands

All of your dreams come true during the open-air Dreamfields Festival held on the beachside shores of the Rhederlaag Recreational Festival. This hardstyle festival boasts some of the most outlandish stages you've ever seen at an electronic festival along with an absolutely wild crowd.

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Dominator Festival 2020


Eersel, Netherlands

'A deafening sandstorm approaches with deadly speed. Seven extreme formations will compete for a tremendous trophy. Screaming engines, smoking exhausts and dreaded drivers will invade our savage sands. Hardcore will ignite its murdering machines in the desert of domination. Gasoline is gold when you enter…The Rally of Retribution.'

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Loveland Festival 2020


Amsterdam, Netherlands

House music meets techno at the Loveland Music Festival in Amsterdam. Starting in 2018, Loveland expanded to two days of beats. The venue, the greenfield Sloterpark, sits on a scenic late, perfect for relaxing in between dancing.

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Luminosity Beach Festival 2020


Overveen, Netherlands

A festival for trance lovers, Luminosity Beach features over 40 artists highlighting everything special about this genre of electronic music. Taking place on the famous beaches of Bloemendaal, this popular seaside town is a perfect place to welcome the summer.

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Defqon.1 Netherlands 2020


Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

Defqon.1 is an annual hardstyle festival held in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands. It's a massive affair with 65,000 fans a day in attendance and 14+ stages. Produced by Q-Dance, there's also similar editions in Australia and Chile.

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Oh My! Music Festival 2020


Amsterdam, Netherlands

It's Europe's largest urban music festival taking place over a single day at Almere Beach near Amsterdam. Divided into four stages, Oh My! showcases the best of national and international hip-hop talent.

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WiSH Outdoor 2020


Beek en Donk, Netherlands

WiSH Outdoor is a three-day outdoor electronic festival celebrating its 8th edition. The production values are outstanding with plenty of options for camping and partying all night. Make sure to reserve a spot in Camp Wow! which features hammock lounges, beer pong, and afterparties.

Roadburn Festival 2020


Tilburg, Netherlands

It's not common to run across a boutique heavy music festival, but then again, nothing about the two decade old Roadburn Festival is run-of-the-mill. Held in the Dutch city of Tilburg, Roadburn's genre boundary pushing lineup ask festies to redefine their definition of heavy. Taking place in the early spring, 4000 attendees a day come to bang heads, with three quarters of the crowd from outside the Netherlands.

North Sea Jazz Festival 2020


Rotterdam, Netherlands

Since 1976, the North Sea Jazz Festival has been entertaining The Netherlands with jazz legends and Dutch artists. 75,000 attendees gather in Rotterdam to more than 1,000 musicians and 150 performances over 15 states. The diverse amount of music means that there's something for everyone in this wildly diverse selection of artists.

Drumcode Festival 2020


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Acclaimed Swedish techno DJ Adam Beyer and legendary Dutch brand Awakenings will team up once again for the second edition of Drumcode Festival. The event will take place on Saturday 24th August at the NDSM docklands in Amsterdam.

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