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2020 edition (updated): Dispatches’ list of the best music festivals in the Netherlands, Pt. 1


Where: Hilvarenbeek

When: Tentatively scheduled for 10 thru 12 July 2020

WOO HAH! is among the biggest urban festivals in Europe and presents some of the most discerning names of the hiphop and trap scene. The three-day open-air festival will take you on a spectacular hiphop holiday with versatile acts, away from the bustle of the city.

And yes, on Woo Hah! website, there is a notice that organizers plan to have the event if Dutch officials don’t extend the coronavirus measures limiting gatherings. Stand by for a final ruling.

This year’s headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Young Thug and Aitch

Tickets: Prices range from 59-84 euros for a day ticket and you can get yours here.


Where: Rotterdam

When: Still on for 10 & 12 July 2020 (you can see the coronavirus disclaimer here)

North Sea Jazz Festival – among the most famous jazz festivals in the world – started in Rotterdam in 1976, then grew into a world-renowned institution. Although the focus is on jazz, the North Sea Jazz Festival curates a line-up with creative and innovative artists who also experiment beyond their genre.

The 2020 North Sea Jazz Festival is scheduled to open with an exclusive concert by John Legend on Thursday 9 July.

Headlining acts will be:

• Lionel Richie on Friday 10 July,

• Diana Ross on Saturday 11 July

• Alicia Keys on Sunday 12 July.


Most tickets are sold out, but you can still buy a ticket for the Grand Opening Night here.


Where: Wildeburg

When: 10 thru 12 July 2020 and apparently still happening

This outdoor festival north of Amsterdam is a favorite to many: there is a camping, food and bands playing during the day in what is a small village in the middle of nowhere. And strictly speaking, this isn’t an EDM event: You can listen to bands from various genres.

Line up: Yet to be announced.

Tickets: Sold out


Where: Lichtenvoorde

When: Still scheduled for 16 thru 19 July 2020

The Zwarte Cross Festival is a bizarre combination of a rock & roll music fest and motocross. Heading to its 24th edition this year, the festival has exponentially grown to more than 200,000 visitors. In addition to onsite camping, Motocross, a whole range of artists across a multitude of genres, there is also a program for children, stunts, and more.

Tickets :

According to the official website, the tickets have been sold out. Perhaps, you can still find one at Ticketswap.


Where: Eindhoven

When: Still scheduled for 17 & 18 July 2020

Dynamo Metalfest, a two-day metal fest at the ice rink in Eindhoven, is the place to be for every real metalhead. Cradle of Filth, the English goth band, will play the album “Cruelty” and the Beast and the thrash legend Exodus will perform the “Bonded By Blood” debut in its entirety. The old-school metal is further represented by Obituary, Midnight and Flotsam and Jetsam, and more.

Tickets: Prices start at 35 euros for a single-day ticket and you can get them here.


Where: Nijmegen

When: Still scheduled for 18 thru 24 July 2020

Valkhof Festival is a yearly event that takes place simultaneously with the Vierdaagsefeesten in Nijmegen. The Vierdaagse is – as the names states – a four-day event during which participants walk 30, 40, or 50 kilometers a day throughout the city of Nijmegen and the surrounding areas. Pretty much the whole city turns into one big party for a week, and the fest is a great event to check out, with more than 120 international and Dutch pop artists. This year, the sked is heavy with post-punk bands.


Free entrance

About the author:

Andriana Boyrikova was born and raised in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. Later, her adventure-seeking spirit brought her to Groningen, Netherlands, where she completed a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Groningen.

Following her graduation, Andriana decided to pursue her passion for telling stories and now she is working as a freelance content marketer, contributor, and writer in Groningen. Andriana is interested in high-tech innovations, sustainability, and women’s empowerment.

Read more from Andriana here.

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