Amsterdam Weekend Guide – August 11-13
Nature and music collide this weekend, as three different summer festivals take over three of the city’s fauna-filled parks.
We’ve got a hip-hop fest in Flevopark, a theatre-themed festival in Martin Luther King Park and a DJ-packed dance event in Sloterpark. But there’s also a citywide celebration of all things classical music and a party at an urban beach. Talk about diverse!
We may have had a new electronic dance event every Saturday since the summer began, but each one is so eclectic and different to the last that it never gets old, and they don’t come much bigger than Loveland. Now in its 12th edition, the electronic extravaganza boasts a whopping six stages of the world’s best dance artists and DJs. This year, they’ve really pulled out all the stops, securing a strong international line-up, including heavy hitters Adam Beyer, Enrico Sangiuliano and Sasha. Naturally, there are plenty of local and up-and-coming artists, too.
And it’s not just the music that’s underground: some top-notch graffiti and urban decor make sure of that. Don’t expect Loveland to hold back, though – it still features the crisp acoustics, mind-boggling staging and massive festival feel that Loveland fans adore.
With last weekend’s Pride Canal Parade, the city’s historic canal belt was draped in an all-inclusive rainbow as revellers partied to celebrate equality, togetherness and – of course – pride. But this weekend, Amsterdam’s canals are alight for a whole other reason: to celebrate all things classical music.
Grachtenfestival essentially converts the city into one big concert hall, as stages pop up all over, including on the canals themselves. One of the best parts of this classical fest is that it gives new musicians the chance to really show off their skills on an international stage. Who knows? You might just stumble upon the next Mozart or Beethoven!
Applesap Fresh Music Festival
With a name like Applesap, which literally translates to ‘apple juice’, it should come as no surprise that this festival boasts some of the freshest names in music. Each and every August, the event returns to the Dutch capital, bringing the best international hip-hop and electro with it – as well as a whole host of local electronic, rap and soul artists.
This year’s roster includes Lil Wayne, Young M.A and LUNICE. The freshness extends beyond the music, too, inviting you to enjoy the fresh air of Flevopark and the freshest international cuisine to keep the party going.
De Parade Theatre Festival
Now in its 27th edition, this travelling theatre festival makes a stop at the Dutch capital each summer, transforming Martin Luther Kingpark into a giant open-air theatre. Not really that into theatre? Don’t worry: the range of performances is so diverse that you’re bound to bump into something that tickles your theatrical fancy.
What’s more, De Parade is packed with shows that can pop up anywhere and everywhere, meaning you’re bound to catch a one-off performance in the most unexpected of places. And Amsterdam is one of the last stops, meaning the performers have had some practice, so expect a smooth show.
Downtown Beach Party
You can’t beat that beach atmosphere in the middle of August, but sometimes the beach is just that little bit too far away, which is why urban beach Dok Amsterdam set up its own sandy paradise– complete with a California-style beach house – right in the heart of the city.
Expect BBQs, beers, cocktails and summery tunes galore; however, this is Amsterdam, so there’s a wee chance we’ll get a rain shower or two. Not to worry, though: the beach house is definitely big enough to accommodate the party if that autumnal rain shows up early.