On Wednesday, we’ll kick things off with a concert by an artist that has paved the way for the art form we deeply love. We're honoured to have both music pioneers Tangerine Dream and the ever forward-thinking musician Four Tet over for a special concert.
On Thursday, we’ll serve up a dazzling display of live music that reaches all across the musical spectrum. Both legends and modern virtuosos will be sharing stages shattered across five different venues along the IJ river, a stones throw away from Amsterdam’s city center.
Throughout the years, we’ve been inspired by artists that can bring that special spark. We travel the world and take especial heed of musicians that rely on their craftsmanship to inspire crowds, no matter the size, setting, or scenario. We believe that our mainstage should display this calibre of capable artisans, be they exceptional DJs or compelling live-acts, in an order that feels right – not just a lazy dump of the big scene names alone. We trust them to handle a broad festival field just as well as they would handle a smoky basement. We proudly present you our mainstage paladins.
The lush surroundings of our Greenhouse offer perhaps the broadest single stage selection. This year we’re going in particularly hard on the glory of a global groove. Under the humid slatted windows you’ll find junglist veterans of the UK scene, arresting multi-legged live performers, dub, funk, and some well-known faces going wherever they please – it’s all there for you.
We are not going to beat around the bush here, because by now you know what you can expect at our seasoned UFO stage: up-tempo yet sophisticated, dark and heavy music. The trusted recipe is altered slightly by balancing the division between DJs and live acts, but once again we will bring you the best there is in experimental and futuristic techno, noise and electro.
A new addition to this year's edition is the brand new and smaller UFO II Stage, where the more experimental sounds will be showcased. Expect the unexpected.
The Selectors stage offers a fairly basic concept, scheduling a maximum of five artists on each day. But zoom in on the running order and you will see that we are trying to pull a few class-A DJs out of their comfort zones. This is the stage where exceptional DJs can go all across the board, mixing up different genres. In an intimate setting you can luxuriate within marathon sets and unexplored musical spectrums.
Over the past couple of years, we have worked hand-in-hand with the UK imprint Boiler Room for the stage that hides in between the breathtaking trees of the Amsterdamse Bos. This year, the stage welcomes many artists from the festival's line-up as usual, but also sees an additional armful of talents flown in especially to work their magic in front of the camera.
Red Light Radio
Again, we've invited Dutch initiative and good friends from Red Light Radio to collaborate for a 3-day radio broadcast in the ever stunning surroundings of the Amsterdamse Bos. Get ready for your favourite legends and local talents from all over the world.