Blazes of Inspiration

Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder. It's with great pleasure and anticipation that we are able to celebrate Dekmantel Festival's next chapter. Spread over the course of three days, amid the beautiful surroundings and grasslands of the Amsterdam Forest, plus a concert program holding two consecutive nights at several venues located on the river banks of the IJ, we'll serve you genre-bending live performances and dj-sets.

In 2018, we make way for contemporary tastemakers and emerging talent, without losing sight of dance music's legacy and roots. As our most seasoned visitors know, there will be loads to explore. In that spirit, we keep accelerating Dekmantel Festival step-by-step, year-by-year. We've seen what can happen when we all diverge in new directions; when offbeat ideas lead to new forms of inspiration.

Without compromising on quality, there will be some tweaking when it comes to the festival ground and stages as well. We are adding a second, small-scaled UFO stage, to foster darker and more experimental sounds that usually blossom in intimate clubs.

We firmly believe that the brightest blazes of inspiration are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. So, once again, let's light that torch.