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.
Amsterdam Roest, Czaar Peterstraat 213, This indoor/outdoor venue supplies a unique atmosphere that cannot be found too many places. The lineup looks great Tale of Us , Terry Toner, East End Dubs, and Adriatique. Adriatique is a must see live playing.
De Overkant, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 87, You have to take a ferry over to Amsterdam-Nord but wil be well worth the trip. Seeing the city from the water for free on your way to great music cannot be beat. Maceo Plex, Richy Ahmed, Raaf, and Detroit Swindle lead the way of a very talented group for artist.
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.
A few others Kindsnight events to look at :
Kingsday Strand West, Stavangerweg 900, This is a great location right on the other side of Westerpark. The music and the people are amazing; I would highly suggest you to attend this year with artists like DVS1, Bob Nagel & Michael Jacques, and Boris Werner spinning into the night.
CARTEL Kingsday Outdoor, Frederik Hendrikplantsoen, this is a popular meeting point as it is a free venue and centrally located on the westside of the city. A great place to start your afternoon or to spend your evening. Artist will start spinning around 11am and will go all day. Times Are Ruff , SHMLSS, and Daan Groeneve
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.
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