The best music festivals in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always been a must-visit vacation spot for Brits. In fact, we make a million visits to the Dutch capital each year to explore the bustling city. Between the chill, hipster vibe, stunning architecture, delicious stroopwafels, and “café” shops, there are plenty of things that keep us coming back for more. But there is another key feature of the city: its surreal music scene.

If you know a bit about electronic music, you’ll know that the Netherlands is on par with Berlin in terms of a super impressive and enviable music scene. So much so that on the DJ Mags 2021 list of top 100 DJs, five of the top ten were Dutch. So, unsurprisingly, Amsterdam is full of electronic music festivals.

But with so many others, it can be hard to know where to start. This is where we come in. Here are the top music festivals in Amsterdam that any partygoer should consider visiting.

Don’t let daddy know

When: Saturday, March 4, 2023

Where: to be determined

Programming: to be determined

Unfortunately, the Amsterdam 2022 edition of Don’t let daddy know was again canceled due to the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start getting excited about the 2023 edition. DLDK started in the Netherlands and has since expanded to over 18 countries including the UK, Belgium, China , Germany, Japan, Mexico, India, Poland, Scotland, Spain and many more. If that’s not testament to how amazing this festival is, we don’t know what is.

As one of the biggest EDM festivals in the world, it only makes sense that the lineup is just as huge. Previous editions have presented Nervo, Tiesto, Afrojack and other scene legends, so you can only imagine the icons they’ll be securing for the highly anticipated 2023 return.


Country of Love Festival

When: Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 August

Where: Sloterpark, Amsterdam

Programming: Tale of Us, Eric Prydz, Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, La Fleur, Loco Dice, Richie Hawtin

2022 dots by Loveland 25th anniversary, though you probably could have guessed they were celebrating something with such a massive lineup. This huge forest house and techno festival offers its guests the best live entertainment with the advantage of being surrounded by stunning scenery, including a serene lake that you can explore by pedalo.

This year, the festival is looking for a real explosion. For those who want to participate, for a small fee you can stay in a 4-star hotel and gain access to exclusive afterparties, rooftop barbecues, backstage passes, and more. Go big or go home, right?

Find tickets for Loveland Festival 2022 – here


Amsterdam Dance Event

When: Wednesday 19 – Sunday 23 October

Where: Multiple locations, Amsterdam

Programming: to be determined

You’ve probably heard of this one, and for good reason. To start, DEA is absolutely massive. Each year, it brings together the hottest electronic artists in the capital for more than 40,000 people to enjoy in nearly 200 venues. Kinds to DEA include just about every genre and subgenre of electronic music, so you’re sure to find something you’ll like.

More than a music festival, DEA also brings electronic music’s most influential conference every year. Ideal for music professionals and budding artists, the conference includes panel discussions, tech showcases, talks and more, creating a “solid foundation for future generations of electronic music professionals.”

Find tickets for Amsterdam Dance Event 2022 – here


Dekmantel

When: To be determined

Where: Amsterdamse Bos, Amsterdam

Programming: to be determined

Dekmantel Festival is special. On the one hand, many DJs consider it their favorite festival, with Jon Hopkins being one of many artists to sing his praises. The reason artists love him so much is probably due to his slightly unorthodox approach. Dekmantel encourages its artists to do things differently and explore the depths of their creativity.

Another reason Dekmantel is unique is its limited capacity. For such a cute festival that everyone, artists and spectators, enjoys, the audience is limited to around 6,000 people. Sounds brilliant, right? It is because it is!

Find tickets for Dekmantel Festival 2022 – here


DGTL Amsterdam

When: Friday 15 – Sunday 17 April

Where: NDSM Docklands, Amsterdam

Composition: Paul Kalkbrenner, Helena Hauff, Octo Octa, Jon Hopkins, Anz, Moodymann, Laurent Garnier

A great brand that organizes events all over the world, you know you can trust DGTL organize a killer festival. DGTL perfectly balances big names with underground rising stars with the titan Paul Kalkbrenner next to Lost, Nedda Sou, and Nicky Elizabeth. With this balance, you can capture the artists you know and love while discovering new talent.

Art is also crucial for the identity of DGTL, so you’ll find a wide variety of art and performance installations to explore during your stay. And with the goal of the festival being the world’s premier regenerative event, you can rest easy knowing the team behind DGTL prioritize sustainability.

Find tickets for DGTL Amsterdam 2022 – here


Amsterdam outdoors

When: Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 June

Where: Gaasperpark, Amsterdam.

Programming: to be determined

AAO is not limited to music, the celebrations also extend to the appreciation of the arts and gastronomy. But stay, AAO focuses on music, with the intention of featuring underground artists you’ve never heard of, stars who are ruling the scene and everything in between.

No artists have yet been confirmed, but past events have seen a variety of genres including electronic, techno, house, deep house, disco, hip hop, tech house and more. And past lineups have seen some pretty impressive names such as Hot since 82, Paula Temple, and MayaJane Coles. We can’t wait to see what they pull out of the bag this year.


Mysteryland Music Festival

When: Friday August 26 – Sunday August 28

Where: IJweg, Hoofddorp

Programming: to be determined

Ok, maybe we’re cheating a bit with this one because it’s on the outskirts of Amsterdam, but it’s so important that it would be wrong not to include it. For more than 25 years now, mysteryland brought the best of electronic music to the Netherlands. With a wide range of genres including techno, EDM, house, hardstyles and more, there’s something for everyone.

With some of the most enviable lineups, past events have seen legends such as Martin Garrix, Solardo, Alison Wonderlandand fat thin boy smash it on stage. Who do you think will be the soundtrack for the 2022 edition?

Find tickets for Mysteryland Festival 2022 – here


MFA

When: Saturday October 22

Where: Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

Programming: to be determined

Formerly known as Amsterdam Music Festival, AMF is one of the biggest EDM festivals in the city that takes place every year in the biggest stadium in Amsterdam. Thanks to its location, ticket holders will never miss their favorite artist or suffer the heartache of having to choose between two equally brilliant artists as they all perform on the same stage.

As you would imagine, such a massive event can only be headlined by the best in the game. MFA old lineup posters are awash with music titans including David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Nervo and more. As one of Amsterdam’s biggest music events of the year, MFA proudly sits at the top of many ravers bucket lists.


STRAF_WERK

When: Saturday August 20

Where: Havenpark, Amsterdam

Programming: to be determined

What started as an afterparty has blossomed and grown into one of Amsterdam’s biggest music festivals, presented by the brand that is instantly recognized as a leading dance brand in the Netherlands.

When the festival debuted, the idea was to focus on dancing, having a sick time and enjoying the sounds of deep house. Much remains the same except SWF now hosts many sub-genres of house and techno.

Another festival with incredible cultural significance, SWF is definitely one you should check out if you get the chance.


music festival about music

When: Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 May

Where: Havenpark, Amsterdam

Lineup: Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Solardo, Loco Dice, and more

music on is an outdoor festival organized by the owner of the Italian label and DJ Marco Carothe. With someone so knowledgeable about music as the main force behind the festival, you know you’re in for a treat. carolla carefully selects the best names in techno and house to present to a lucky crowd in beautiful Havenpark throughout the weekend.

This year’s lineup promises to be glorious with big names such as Hot since 82, Jamie Jones, Solardo and Locomotive dice. You can also find many up-and-coming artists playing with Benny Rodriguez, Lauren Lane, tINI, Jesse Calosso and more ready to perform.

Find tickets for Music On Festival 2022 – here


If you’re a fan of electronic music, Amsterdam’s music festivals are heaven. There are massive events with all the pyro you can imagine to melt your face and smaller, more intimate settings that are perfect for enjoying music and discovering new artists. No matter what vibe you’re looking for, Amsterdam has it.

If electronic music isn’t your scene, don’t worry. There are plenty of other countries with unreal music festivals including Spain, Portugal, France, Germany just waiting for you and your homies to tear them up.



Discover our Events Guide for even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs in the weeks and months to come. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head over to our Things to do or get inspired by the event selections on our inspire me page.

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