Hey, psst, over here! Did you realise that King’s Day is just over 2 weeks away?! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
If you are a bit late in planning your Most-Favourite-Dutch-Holiday-Ever like a lot of the V crew seem to be, then fret not. Here’s a rundown of some of the better parties happening in the furthest corners of Amsterdam for King’s Day.
But keep in mind that even if you don’t make it to one of these parties, it’s cool. This is the one day of the year that the party is where ever you are with friends, and so anywhere and everywhere works. Pick a square or park, there’s guaranteed to be a party there. And if you can’t make it through the crowds to one of these larger parties, then just stand still and create the party around you. 800,000 other people in Amsterdam will be doing exactly the same thing.
King’s Day 2015…in Amsterdam North
Normally we would recommend Amsterdam North as a place to escape the Amsterdam crowds, but not for King’s Day. The biggest party in the North is happening at the NDSM-wharf where 27 locations are throwing open their doors and inviting in the madness for NDSM Vrijhaven.
This is shaping up to be one of the coolest and hippest parties in town. Every inch of the former shipping yards will be turned into a party, starting from the disco ferry that carries you over the Ij to the pop-up skating rink to the music in all forms (electro, indie, reggae and more) to the street art and of course the Children’s Flea Market. There really is something for everyone, check out the whole list here.
Useful to know: Entry is free to most parties with 2 exceptions (the Voltt & Lockdown party and the King Kong party). Cash is accepted (no festival-muntjes thank goodness!), but there are no pin machines in the area so plan ahead. Bringing food and drinks with you is also not allowed.
King’s Day 2015…in Amsterdam Zuid
For those interested in dance music, the party at the Olympic Stadium might be something for you. With 4 areas of dance music from well-known Dutch acts (Girls Love DJ’s) as well as International DJ’s (Diplo), this Kingsday Party seems to be the best place to get your dance on.
Useful to know: Normal tickets are sold out, but there are still “last-minute” tickets for €34.50 so book fast.
King’s Day 2015…in Amsterdam Centrum
A long-time favourite at V, and the closest party to Hotel V frederiksplein, is the annual King’s Day (and King’s Night) party at Nel on the Amstelveld. Just look at this guy, doesn’t he look like he is enjoying himself? Don’t you want to enjoy yourself too?
Useful to know: Entry is free, and since this takes place on a relatively small square, it’s best to come early and stake out your dancing spot.
King’s Day 2015…on Java-Island
If your tastes run more along the lines of Hardstyle, hardcore, rawstyle en happy hardcore, then head East my child, for there your party awaits. Hardkingz and Art of Dance are hosting the city’s only hardstyle dance party for King’s Day.
Useful to know: Tickets are still available at €17.50, and not all trams run on King’s Day, but luckily Tram 10 will, which takes you to Java-Eiland.
King’s Day 2015…in Amsterdam Oost
Hats off to Loveland van Oranje this year- they will be celebrating 20 years of hosting an Oranje party. That makes them Amsterdam’s longest-running King’s Day party (formerly Queen’s Day party of course) and the Grand Poobah of King’s Day this year. However, for the very first time it will take place in Meerpark, a little further out of the city. Seems they have outgrown their Oosterpark shoes.
Useful to know: Loveland tickets are on their last release (now €27.50) so act fast as this is bound to sell out asap.
There you have it kids. Have a great King’s Day and don’t forget the important rules to live by: bring plenty of cash, watch your pockets, and have patience and endurance while trying to find a toilet.
the V crew