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The Biggest Festivals in the Netherlands



The Biggest Festivals in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has many great festivals and the festival calendar for 2022 is packed. Below we have listed the best and biggest festivals in the Netherlands, let the anticipation begin!

Have you missed the big festivals in recent years? Many festivals have been moved to 2022, which promises to be a great summer of love . Hopefully we can go wild at the biggest festivals in the Netherlands, about which I tell you more in the list below.

Best Kept Secret Festival

Best Kept Secret Festival
Date : 10 – 12 June 2022
Number of Visitors: 25,000 per day

Listen to the best music for three days and see the most beautiful live acts; this is Best Kept Secret in the Beekse Bergen. The festival also has several stages where you can enjoy music styles ranging from indie rock to hip hop . This weekend you will stay at a nature campsite or in one of the more luxurious log cabins. The 2022 edition will take place from 10 to 12 June.


Pinkpop Festival
Date : 17-19 June 2022
Price : €110 (day ticket) and €230 (weekend ticket) Number of
visitors : 115,000

Pinkpop is known as the festival with the big names. As the oldest festival in the Netherlands, quite a few special artists have already visited here. Think of Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Bruce Springsteen . Pinkpop takes place every year in Landgraaf. The 2021 edition has been moved to 2022. Tickets already purchased are valid for the next edition. It is also possible to get your money back.

Mystic Garden – a paradise where fairy tales come true

Mystic Garden Festival
Datum: 18 juni 2022

In the middle of the nature of the Sloterpark you will find the Mystic Garden festival, a wonderful spectacle where music and art meet. The entire festival is dominated by creativity and dreamy decors. Tickets for the festival cost €47.50 to €61, depending on whether you bought your ticket on time.

The Zwarte Cross – the largest festival in the Netherlands

Zwarte Cross
Date : 14 – 17 July 2022
Price : sold out
Number of visitors : 220,000

Founded in 1997 as an event by the Achterhoek band Jovink and the Voederbietels, the Zwarte Cross has grown into the largest festival in the Netherlands. 120,000 day trippers and 25,000 camping guests come to the east of the Netherlands to “watch mopeds”, listen to music and follow the motorcycle races. A few things have not changed in all those years: neighbor aunt Rikie is still there and no one is better than anyone else at the Zwarte Cross, a unique festival where music is not the main focus.

Milkshake festival – being yourself

Milkshake Festival
Date : 30 and 31 July 2022
Tickets On sale on 10 February 2022 Number of
visitors : 12,500

Everyone is welcome at the Milkshake festival in Amsterdam, but the festival is mainly intended for the LGBT community in the Netherlands. The Westerpark will be the location on 30 and 31 July 2022 to put on your best outfit and enjoy the best tunes together.

Solar festival – four days of pop and dance

Solar Festival
Date : August 4 – 7, 2022
Price : Sold Out Number of
visitors : 31,000

We continue with the list of the best festivals in the Netherlands. I would also like to add the Solar Weekend Festival to this. In addition to wonderful music, this is also a festival where you can let your creative mind run wild. Creativity is central during the Solar Festival, and is therefore brought out through various theater plays, art installations and games. From Paul Elstak to Typhoon and from FeestDJRuud to the best techno and house, everyone is happy at Solar.

Decibel festival

Decibel Festival
Date : 19 – 21 August 2022
Price : €160 for the weekend ticket incl. resort campsite. Other tickets sold out.
Number of visitors : 60,000

Music flavors such as Hardcore, Hardstyle and Industrial can be found here in the form of a wonderful line-up. For the real music fans there is a campsite where you can stay overnight, so that you can be fresh and fruity for the stage the next morning. Here you will find more information about Decibel Outdoor Festival .

Lowlands – The place to be

Lowlands Festival
Date : 19 – 21 August 2022
Price : sold out
Number of visitors : 50,000

Unfortunately, the site in Biddinghuizen will not be transformed into a festival Valhalla in 2021 either. Fees for 2020 and 2021 tickets will be refunded to the original purchaser. Hopefully Lowlands will be sold out again in 2022, in any case we can’t wait!

Mysteryland – the longest running dance festival in the Netherlands

Mysteryland Festival
Date :26, 27, 28 August 2022
Price €69.90 (day ticket Sunday), almost sold out Number of
visitors : 100,000

The three-day Mysteryland Festival normally takes place in August. The slogan of this festival is ‘Yesterday is history. Today is a gift’. With 16 stages and more than 300 artists, the festival area around the Haarlemmermeer is transformed into a wonderful world where everyone can be themselves. This festival is also interesting for a broad target group, because you can expect music from hip-hop to hardcore and from techno to dance music. The line-up is there every year with, among other things, greats from the Electronic Dance Music movement.

Home port – a party (almost) every weekend

Home port festival
Date : almost every Sunday
Price : day tickets cost €19.50 Number of
visitors : 2,000

Do you already know Thuishaven? This popular festival in Amsterdam takes place (almost) every weekend, often on Sundays. By the weekend, the organization will check whether the weather forecast is good enough to organize a festival during the weekend. It is not so much one of the biggest festivals in the Netherlands, but it is very nice to spend a Sunday afternoon! I can highly recommend this festival, especially when the weather is nice and there is dancing outside the tents! Depending on the Sunday that you visit this festival, you will encounter different artists. Think for example of De Sluwe Vos, Dimitri or a Techno special. Thuishaven is one of the best festivals in Amsterdam and also organizes events during the Amsterdam Dance Event.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Dogger, “Amsterdam’s oldest houseboat” with a history of 134 years, was removed from the Prinsengracht Canal



Dogger, “Amsterdam's oldest houseboat” with a history of 134 years, was removed from the Prinsengracht Canal.

Built in 1865, the Dogger was a vessel that carried potable water to Amsterdam’s breweries before being placed on the Prinsengracht Canal in 1888. According to current owner Jeroen Elsen, the Dogger is uninsurable in its current form and cannot be transported along the canal due to its size.

Elsen, the owner of the Dogger, which was first pulled out of the water in 134 years, said the houseboat would likely sink if it remained in place, blocking boat traffic on the Prinsengracht. In an interview with Het Parool, Elsen said, “We are talking about a 96-tonne mass of steel and concrete. If it sinks, it will sink until the middle of the channel and block the passage. Then I will have huge problems.” said.

While some locals regret that they will no longer be able to see this piece of history in Amsterdam’s canals, others are glad that this rusty image is left behind. After the Dogger is dismantled, some parts will go to the landfill, but Elsen emphasizes that he will keep some parts of the boat because they are historically interesting.

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Coronavirus in the Netherlands: Autumn wave may be starting



According to the statement made by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM), the number of positive cases in the Netherlands has increased. RIVM stated in its statement that it could be the beginning of the expected autumn wave.

RIVM announced that 12,269 positive cases have been detected in the last seven days. This figure was the highest weekly number of cases since 13 August. Compared to the previous week, an increase of 39 percent was recorded.

The RIVM recorded a total of 2,614 positive tests Monday through Tuesday across the Netherlands. This is the highest daily figure since 3 August. In Amsterdam, 94 new cases were recorded the other day.

“We are still waiting for an autumn wave,” Dutch virologists explained.

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Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming



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Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.

Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.

According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.

A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.

The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.

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