Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is committed to fighting drug crime in the Netherlands. And to do so, he thinks that the number of festivals held in the Netherlands should be reduced. There are too many festivals in the country, and the police can't enforce drug law at all of them, he said in an interview with the Telegraaf.
Some 25,000 daily visitors are expected to attend the Best Kept Secret festival at Beekse Bergen Safari Park, and festival organizers said it is no problem if ticket holders want to bring their own refillable water bottles. It is part of the festival’s plan to deal with temperatures likely to reach 31 degrees on Sunday.
An attempt to break a confetti record at the Kingsland festival in Rotterdam on King's Day, will cost the festival thousands of euros. The site where the festival was held in Rotterdam was not cleaned up properly after the attempt. The municipality of Rotterdam is now cleaning the confetti up itself, and will send the bill to Kingsland, RTV Rijnmond reports.
A total of 1,115 festivals are being organized in the Netherlands this year, compared to 836 last year, according to a study by marketing agency EM-Cultuur. These festivals are expected to attract a total of 19.5 million visitors, RTL Nieuws reports.
The peak of the festival season runs from May to September. In that period there are more than 100 festivals per month. This involves all types of festivals. More than half revolve around music. Theater and art festivals are also popular, according to EM-Cultuur.
The three-day festival Decibel Outdoor in Hilvarenbeek will happen as planned this weekend, despite police actions during the event, a spokesperson for the Decibel Outdoor organization said after consultation with the Hilvarenbeek municipality, police and Public Prosecutor, RTL Nieuws reports.
Motorists can expect busy roads and traffic jams this weekend, both at home and abroad. In the Netherlands the roads will be crowded due to festivals and concerts. And many holidaymakers are expected on the roads abroad, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 59-year-old man from Amstelveen died after he was resuscitated at festival 909 in Amsterdam on Saturday night. The police are investigating his cause of death, Het Parool reports.
The man collapsed at the techno festival on Nieuwe Meerlaan around 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. He was resuscitated and rushed to hospital, where he died a short time later, a spokesperson for the police said to the newspaper on Monday.
The cause of the man's death is still under investigation. The police believe that drug use may have played a role, the spokesperson said to Het Parool.
Festival Milkshake will only be selling vegetarian food at its seventh edition on July 28th and 29th in Amsterdam, the organizers announced over the weekend. The decision was met with some strong reactions. "We are really surprised about that", organizer Marieke Samallo said to RTL Nieuws.
"We didn't invent the simple solution", Samallo said. "The Digital Festival in Amsterdam hasn't served meat in three years. We are now also taking our responsibility."
Rock music icon Paul McCartney officially confirmed rumors that he would be the signature headlining act at this year’s Pinkpop festival in Landgraaf, Limburg. The 73-year-old singer songwriter will close the three-day festival on June 12 in his first appearance at the event.
The Amsterdam festival Valtifest has decided to change this year's theme after critics called it racis
The organizers for the Oldtimershow in in Oosterwolde, Gelderland on Sunday, did not specifically apply for a licence to use a crane in the event. The crane toppled on Sunday afternoon, killing a 48 year old man from Oosterwolde. Ten other people, including children, were injured and had to be taken to the hospital.
At least one adult is dead and ten others are injured following the collapse of a cherry picker crane during a festival in Oosterwolde, Gelderland. Five of those injured are children, local police said on Saturday.
The Lowlands Festival confirmed 13 new artists to its line-up earlier this week. Scotland-based indie-rockers Franz Ferdinand & Sparks (FFS) will showcase their supergroup. American nu-metal band Limp Bizkit is among the most well-known acts added to the lineup in the latest announcement.
Music discovery service 22tracks announced their first-ever music festival, 22Fest, scheduled for July 18. The Amsterdam-based company is holding the outdoor event in the nearby Diemerbos in Diemen, near Amsterdam Southeast.
Lowlands Festival's line-up is growing, though the tickets are already sold out. Nineteen acts have been added to the list including Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, Triggerfinger and Kaiser Chiefs.
The new festival Down The Rabbit Hole has added some new acts to the lineup for its first edition in June.
The organizers of the weekly R&B and Hip Hop evening 'Encore' in the Melkweg in Amsterdam will be debuting the first edition of their new festival with the same name, which will take place on the 31st of August on the NDSM-docks.
From Denmark to Mali, from ska to balkan beats, there's a little for everyone at the upcoming Festival Mundial in Tilburg on 27, 28, and 29 June.
At many pre-sale locations, long queues formed for Pinkpop tickets on Saturday morning. In what has been called the 'Stones-effect', tickets for the festival have almost sold out in record time.
On Sunday, the 7th of June, the Rolling Stones are set to perform as the head act in this year's Pinkpop festival.
Best Kept Secret festival has added 22 names to the line-up for this year. These are bands that fit the festival's aim to create an atmosphere of exciting music.
A Dutch court obstructed the extradition of a Dutch-Pakistani al-Qaeda suspect to the United States since it is uncertain if US authorities were involved in tormenting him following his arrest in 2010.
The organization of the Zwarte Cross Festival in Lichtenvoorde will provide lots of water to cope with the high temperatures during the event this coming weekend. At the festival site are already extra tanks of 5000 liters present.
Festival goers will be offered sponges to keep their head cool. They are also planning to spray water, explains Pieter Holkenborg of organizer Feestfabriek. “We have also bought extra quantities of sunscreen smashed and all campers will receive a free pair of sunglasses.”
To spend your time, underwater, in an authentic Achterhoeks cafe is possible during the Black Cross festival. The festival is held in Lichtenvoorde, Gelderland. Beer is not in the game during the visit, playing cards on the tables with a traditional Persian rug is.
Visitors to the underwater cafe must first put on diving equipment. "You should have had no alcohol, because that is incompatible with diving," says a spokesman of organizer Feestfabriek about the special attraction.