Posted on: May 13, 2013

The Summer Festivals in The Netherlands for 2013

Mike Klianis

There are several summer festivals in the Netherlands for 2013 for every shape, size, duration and content.


FortaRock is a Dutch-day metal music festival held annually in Park Brakkenstein in Nijmegen since 2009 and is the largest one-day music festival in the Netherlands.

date: 1st of June
location: Park Brakkenstein, 6525 PL Nijmegen, Netherlands
entrance fee: € 75, -. excluding € 5 service charge per ticket Maps FortaRock XL
who will sing: Rammstein, Volbeat, Motorhead, Opeth, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Kreator, Airbourne, Entombed, Enslaved, Delain and many more
more info: You can visit


Pinkpop is the oldest pop festival in the Netherlands. The festival will take place in 2013 for the 44th time, a unique record. Since 1990 Pinkpop included in the Great Guinness Book Of Records as the oldest continuously organized pop festival in the Netherlands.

date: 14 – 16 of June
location: Megaland event site in Landgraaf
entrance fee: € 165 weekend ticket, € 85 one day ticket
who will sing: The Killers, The Script, Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, Netsky, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Green Day, Ben Howard, Triggerfinger, The Vaccines & many more...
more info: You can visit

Best Kept Secret

Both big names and new discoveries from indie, folk, hip-hop, rock or electronica will rock on the stage of the Best kept secret.

date: 21 - 23 of June
location: In Hilvarenbeek
entrance fee: € 99 weekend ticket, € 52,50 one day ticket
who will sing: Alt-J, Arctic Monkeys, Thomas Azier, Belle and Sebastian, Portishead, Sigur Rós & many more...
more info: You can visit


One of the biggest one-day dance festival of the Netherlands!

date: 29th of June
location: Spaarnwoude, from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.!
entrance fee: Paradiso: € 22.00 Normaal (Including 3,25 euro Paradiso Membership) / Recreatiegebied Spaarnwoude ( deelplan Houtrak ) € 52.50
who will sing: Carl Cox, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Joris Voorn, Gaiser, Kevin Arnemann, Ben Ufo, Dr Rush, Green Velvet & many more...
more info: You can visit


Parkpop started in 1981 as a small local initiative and now it is the biggest free one-day festival in Europe, with around 350,000 visitors.

date: 30th of June
location: Zuiderpark, in The Hague
entrance fee: It’s free!
who will sing: Sinead O'Connor, Barry Hey, Flying V Formation, Bob Geldof, Robin Brock and so on.
more info: You can visit


Pitch focuses on progressive electronic music, often performed by live bands.

date: 5 & 6 of July
location: In Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek (Amsterdam)
entrance fee: € 63 for a weekend ticket, € 36 for a one day ticket.
who will sing: Bonobo, Trentemøller (live), Dizzee Rascal, Django Django, Rustie (live), Jamie Lidell, Fat Freddy’s Drop and more...
more info: You can visit

North sea jazz

Be prepared for the biggest jazz festival in the Netherlands. That festival is not only about jazz. There is everything, from funk and latin to soul!

date: 13, 14 and 15 July
location: At Ahoy in Rotterdam
entrance fee: € 189 for a weekend ticket, € 79 for a one day ticket.
who will sing: Santana, John Legend, Sting, Dionne Warwick, Charles Bradley, Gary Clark Jr. and more...
more info: You can visit

Zwarte Cross

Sports, music and camping are the basic elements for the one of the biggest music festivals in the Netherlands and the largest motorcycle event in Europe.

date: 26, 27 and 28 of July
location: At Lichtenvoorde
entrance fee: € 100 for a weekend ticket + camping, € 62,50 for a weekend ticket, € 25 for a one day ticket.
who will sing: At The Gates, Golden Earring, Guus Meeuwis, Heaven’s Basement, Jaya The Cat, Joost van Bellen and more others.
more info: You can visit

Electronic Family

A tight blue sky, friendly people around you. A beer in your hand, or a wine. A beautifully divided and wonderfully decorated field, no queues in sight. While people share looks on the vivacious melodies of the world's most wanted artists in trance music the sense of unity at Electronic Family comes up again. It's that well known unanimous feeling on the dancefloor or-in this case the grass of the Amsterdam Forest.

date: 20th of July
location: Amsterdamse Bos, near Amsterdam
entrance fee: € 35 - € 45
who will sing: Aly & Filacosmic Gate, Ferry Corsten, Alexander Popov, Alex Morph, Andrew Rayel and many more
more info: You can visit

Solar weekend

Music and other forms of art will meet for a creative crossover. In that festival, each visitor can be an artist!

date: 2, 3 and 4 August
location: At De Maasplassen in Roermond
entrance fee: € 115 for a holiday ticket (includes camping), € 75 for a weekend ticket, € 49 for a one day ticket.
who will sing: Find out here.
more info: You can visit


Lowlands, the most popular summer festival in the Netherlands, focuses mainly on every kind of music, but it also offers theatre, comedy and even politics.

date: 16 - 18 of August
location: In Biddinghuizen
entrance fee: € 185
who will sing: Bullet For My Vallentine, Fall Out Boy, Hurts, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Nine Inch Nails, Slayer and more...
more info: You can visit


Experience the colorful festival, At NDSM-werf in Amsterdam. Every edition of Valtifest has a theme, reflected in decor and dress code.

date: 7th of September
location: At NDSM-werf in Amsterdam
entrance fee: € 55
who will sing: To be announced.
more info: You can visit

Amsterdam Dance Festivals

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the world's leading electronic music conference and the biggest club festival for the many electronic sub-genres on the planet. The event offers a full program of daytime conferences, including interactive workshops, mentoring sessions, technical demonstrations and in-depth round-table discussions, alongside a nighttime music festival featuring more than 220 events over five days in 52 venues around the city. Each year, the ADE attracts over 3,000 business professionals and 140,000 festival visitors – including 30,000 tourists - from 62 countries.

date: 16 - 20 of October
location: 52 venues around the city
entrance fee: not available yet
who will sing: 1.700 artists and over 350 events, you can check the website below.
more info: You can visit

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