Day 1 : Kingsday weekend is here and the prep leading up to the weekend is almost as important as choosing the event to go to. First thing you need to make sure to do is to get a bike. As it is the easiest and quickest way of getting around it is by far the most important. I personally like to look as local as possible and always choose black-bike.com. They have locations all over the city. You can always choose one of the many other places, but never pay more than 10$ a day.
I have made visiting the guys at Cut Throat Barber & Coffee, Warmoesstraat 155, a tradition on every visit to Amsterdam. The guys/gals in the shop are friendly and serve some of the best coffee the city has to offer. Naydisha cleaned me up with a fresh cut and a hot traditional shave.
After walking out feeling like a new man, I took a cruise into the western half of the city and met up with a couple of friends at local pub Cafe Brandon, Keizersgracht 157. The atmosphere was amazing grabbing a beer inside and heading out to the sidewalk to socialize and make new friends.
The last prep needed is to make sure that all the beer and drinks for the next couple of days are purchased. With most stores selling out quickly the day before this task should be high on the priority list. I’ll give you all an update on the Kingsnight activities later today.
Now that the Easter eggs are all found, it´s time for us to look ahead to the next Holiday, a personal favorite of mine, Kingsday. Kingsday which used to be Queensday is a unique day on which all of Amsterdam turns into one big outdoor party, celebrating the King´s birthday. There is no doubt this year will be a uniquely festive one, with the best flea markets, shows and performances in every square, each with that special Dutch brand of good cheer. While the canals fill up with leisure boats full of partying people most locals are selling their goods to the public. One in five households in Holland participate in the flea market where you can find anything from shoes to a bathtub. Just walk around the city in Saturday morning to find great buys. But this is only a fraction of the fun available. If you are looking for more of the party atmosphere Amsterdam will provide it in spades. Here are a few things to look out for and as always check out Vamos for last minute inspiration. Stay tuned into as well for daily updates.
Skinny Bridge, 1018 EK Amsterdam, This landmark is one of the most majestic on the Eastside so you will love to views and the atmosphere. Monkey Business is a great foundation with the proceeds from the bar going to the protection of endangered orangutans and the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra. It is there rainforest with an alarming rate cut for among other palm oil plantations. Artist like Anton Kuertz , Daniel Zuur & Florian Wolff LIVE, as well as Wannabeastar will provide an eclectic variety for your pleasure.
Trouw, Wibautstraat 127, This place never disappoints and its Kingsday lineup is packed and will surely be missed as this is the last year of Trauw being open. Motor City Drum Ensemble will hold down his new residency A Night with MCDE. No matter what you do you will have an amazing time and truly unique adventure.
Coachella is here and as the music world sets its sights on the Small California City of Indio, I wanted to give you a small insiders guide on some acts you shouldnt miss. Obviously everyone knows all about the headliners; NAS, Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Beck to name a few that are at Coachella. I am here to save your ears from sitting around at Kid Cudi Live hating life. So here are some of those dont miss shows that will make your toes and dance moves really happy.
First on Friday there are some real easy ones not to mix the biggest two would be Nicolas Jaar and Dixon. This is no joking matter these two were on the top 20 must see artist of 2013 for good reason, their sets are amazing and will keep you grooving as the sunsets. Solomun is on that same stage and I think you know by now how I feel about him. Last one not to miss on this glorious Friday is MS MR, a real surprise when I was listening to a few live tracks just had a great feeling and I can only imagine with it would be like in to be dancing in the sun. This would be my great starter.
Saturday you will have to make a few hard choices but as long as you dont miss The Magician and Bombay Bicycle Club you are probably in a good place. I have to bash but Kid Cudi and MGMT are artist you can miss live. Here is my small gem if you can get there earlier in the day check out Ricoshei, they are a real fun group to see live.
Sunday has a few of the big guys that show a wide range of fun but Beck is always a good choice and Disclosure will be unreal on the outdoor-stage. Little Dragon and Art Department fill in a whole mid evening as Classixx will probably point you in the right direction.
We will be back with a couple blog post in the mid week from some Coachella goers. Check out our Coachella Playlist for more musical inspiration for this weekends artist. Try to get yourself into one of the VIP parties like Neon Carnival or H&M Loves Music if can. They are a nice get away from the main park. Uber will have a pickup & Drop-off point in a LOT 1C near the corner of 49th and Monroe to help you get to and from the venue. Hope you have a great weekend full of wonderful people and memories. By- Robert Novorolsky
Here at Vamos we have been working happily over the past month with two groups from the Swedish-based Hyper Island School. Students from Karlskrona and Stockholm each received different briefs to help tackle upcoming challenges for Vamos & Friends. We are ecstatic about helping these future lords of business, giving them guidance, and allowing their creativity run free. I will be flying up to Sweden to meet with the group from Stockholm in person as they present the final client pitch.
I cannot tell you how excited I am about heading to this beautiful city. Obviously, the first thing I did was check out Vamos to see what type of events I could fit into my already tight schedule. I think I found some really good ones that fit my love of style and adventure.
Thursday is all about the style with Stylein´s showroom/shop Spring Opening show from 16:00 to 19:00 this Thursday, HÖKENS GATA 5. Johanna N & Marc UÅ vernissage @ WOS Accessoarer, Hornsgatan 98, jumped out at me due to my love of sunglasses and interacting with people. The location seems to be unique and should be a nice walk through between 17:00 and 20:00. I plan on Finishing off the night with a bit of dancing @PLEASANT to try and get a taste of the Swedish nightlife . The party starts at around 22:00 and with Laura Bacaj and Klara Nov KLARA NOV spinning into the night.
With Friday being packed with meetings, I can only afford one event in the evening, and I think I got the right one picked out Gallery 2.35:1 presenting Robag Wruhme & Axel Boman @Berns starting at 23:00. This event is sure to have a great atmosphere to finish off the trip.
My bags are packed I am ready to go…… Stockholm here I come.
One of the most exciting street art galleries from London, The Graffiti Life Gallery, is hosting a popup show this week here in Berlin. The event, which is going on now, ends with a big celebration on Saturday the 29th of March. “The Graffiti Life” show plays host to a number of embryonic graffiti and street artists .
Set up by a collective of graffiti artists and creative people, the gallery aims to promote graffiti as a positive art form by supporting artists associated with graffiti culture. The event which is being hosted by Hostel World and Visit Britain is a must see with a delightful secret that you can only be unlocked after registering, here.
With its limited showing you should make sure not to wait to attend. Make your way down to Torstrasse 95, 10119 Berlin. You can browse the show room daily from 12pm to 12am, or even pick up a print to brighten up your flat.
The Closing Event on the 29th of March, is sure to be one to remember. With the secret locked behind the curtain, complementary drinks and great people this party will go on through the night. Starting officially at 7pm, all you need is to register here to get on the list.
America’s most important electronic music gathering is returning to South Beach in Miami. Whatever you call it Ultra, Miami Music Week, or Miami Winter Music Conference, this event kicks off the festival season in spectacular fashion. The city where the party never seems to stop brings in the top DJs, producers, promoters, and party goers for one week of fun in the sun.
The event really gets going on Tuesday, March 25 in affiliate clubs and venues throughout the week all over the city. The culmination of the week-long musical adventure is Ultra Music Festival that kicks off on Friday, March 28th and finishes the weekend out on Sunday, March 30th. Some of the biggest acts in music will be in Miami.
If you are lucky enough to be one of the people to get their newly sun-kissed bodies in Miami this week, let me guide your ears and your dancing feet.
Some must-sees on Friday are Kaskade and Eric Prydz on the Main Stage… Kaskade puts on an amazing live show while Eric Prydz will wow you with HOLO, a hologram visual that is stunning. If you have never seen Carl Cox live don’t miss out on this opportunity, this legend has can make your feet tap and your hips sway like very few others can.
Saturday is where I get a little bias maybe cause the LIVE Stage is where where the best party will be. If you don’t catch 2manydjs you are seriously missing out, they are one of the best acts I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Trentemøller and Paul Kalkenbrenner are also sharing their craft with you on the live stage. The combination of these three acts lined up back to back to back will make you want to set up a little festival family dance party and not move. An act not on the live stage that you should try and go see is Solomun on the Underground Stage. Solomun´s minimal beats and grooves can bring your evening to a great place with ease.
On Sunday you really can´t go wrong when you are at `Majestic Casual Stage` RAC closes out a day that includes Goldroom, Moon Boots, and Jonas Rathsman. All of these artist will guarantee to make your final evening in Miami a memorable one. If you are looking to really cap things off with a bang. On the main stage Hardwell will for sure leave all those in attendance wanting more festivals and more music. Lucky for everyone this is just the start of what looks to be one amazing festival season.
Cant wait to see you all smiling and dancing this spring and summer away. As always you can check out Vamos - The Event Guide to help you find the best places for you to go. Cheers
Its mid-March again, and just like last year St Patrick´s Day snuck up on you. The green beer and whiskey day is so close now that you can taste it. This Monday, March 17th marks the day where “Everyone’s Irish”. Of course, if you’re going to do St. Paddy’s Day properly, it has got to be Dublin. Paint the town green alongside thousands of Irishmen and tourists in silly hats. The Guinness and Jameson will undoubtedly be flowing until it runs dry. Dublin is the obvious choice among St Patrick´s Day locations, but we have put together a list of 5 other great cities to enjoy this festive Irish occasion. As always if you are looking for a local event near you go straight to Vamos for more Irish event inspiration.
1-Chicago, IL USA
Each year the city of Chicago shows its Irish Pride in a multi-day celebration. Starting with Chicago River being dyed an emerald green. Followed by a massive collection of Irish-inspired floats and dancers, in city-wide parades. The South Side Irish Parade is one of the more traditional parades in the city put on by this township’s large Irish community. This township is a must see during this festive time of year with its many Irish pubs, the parties seem to spill on to the streets.
2-San Francisco, CA USA
On the West Coast, there’s no Saint Patrick’s Day celebration that’s quite like the one that takes place in San Francisco. Following the city’s iconic trolley tracks, San Francisco’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade, which dates back to 1852, is dubbed one of the most fashionable parades in the country. Get downtown early to see the parade and stay late as the city comes alive with parties. The bars draw large crowds where green beer is served until it runs out. I suggest you make it into Johnny Foleys, 243 O´Farrell St, as this traditional pub throws one of the best parties in town.
Florence may not seem like your typical St. Patrick’s Day destination, but from March 17th through March 22nd, Florentines honor the patron saint of Ireland with a ‘Festa Irlandese,’ or Irish Festival. The city offers an Italian spin on the holiday still offering up the traditional events like pub crawls, music, and parties just with an Italian twist. For those of you looking for traditional Irish pub experience head to Finnegan’s, which is said to be the only Irish-owned pub in the city. No matter what you are looking for you will find it and you’re sure to have a great time in Florence.
Toronto does St. Patrick´s Day a bit different kicking off the day’s festivities with a Grand Marshal Ball. This year’s event, honoring World and Olympic boxing Champion Katie Taylor, will be held on Friday, March 14 at the Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West. Toronto´s St. Patrick´s Day Parade will be hosted on Sunday the 16th and is one of the largest in North America. The city is set for a weekend of amazing activities, festivals, and parties.
5-Boston, MA USA
Last but certainly not least is Boston. Boston claims to be the first American city to celebrate St Patrick´s Day, starting in 1737. The city comes alive with a large parade and parties all over the city. Last year attracted large crowds with of over a quarter of a million people flooding the city streets. This year won’t disappoint. If you are looking for something special check out Flann O’Brien’s, 1619 Tremont St., and don’t forget to try the Irish Nachos.