The 5 Dutch summer festivals you shouldn’t miss in 2014!

The summer is finally here! During the warmer days there are plenty of festivals in Holland. I’ve selected my favourite ones for you:

festival season

Zwarte Cross 25-27 July
In just a few years the Zwarte Cross grew to be the biggest music festival in Holland and the largest motocross event in the world. However, there is so much more to live and love than just motocross and great Rock ‘n Roll. From theatre to reggae to poetry to hardrock/metal to quality EDM. You can find it all here!

Solar weekend 31st July – August 3rd
This creative cross-over festival is held since ten years. This years theme: fairytale. Solar weekend offers 17 different areas with exciting line-ups. You can buy a one day, weekend, or 3-4 day ticket.

Lowlands 15-17 August
Lowlands festival is one of the most popular festival amongst Dutch people. This three day event offers music (e.g. Blaudzun, Gregory Porter, Janelle Monáe, Kaiser chiefs, Snoop Dog and Portisheid) theatre, literature, food and everything else! You can stay over at the camp site for the ultimate experience.

ZAND 22-23 August
Beach festival ZAND (translated: SAND) offers the best of the best of Dutch popular music. This years line-up includes runner up of the Eurovision Songfestival 2014 Ilse de Lange, Racoon, The Opposites and Van Velzen.

CityRacing August 31
Are you into speed, cars and F1? Then you should really visit CityRacing. In the city centre of Rotterdam the sound of screeching tires over the marvellous bridges and excited applause will be the soundtrack of the day. Pro-tip: don’t forget to bring your earplugs!