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Dispatches’ Advance Notice Event Guide for Europe: Early October 2017 Edition (updated)

Welcome to the Early October 2017 edition of our bi-weekly Advance Notice Event Guide.

Every other Friday, we bring you a refreshed guide filled with all sorts of new events you need to add to your calendar so you don’t miss out on anything. But the advance notice guide will get updated through the week

In this edition, you can welcome the moon in Albuñuelas; get lost in the glow in Eindhoven; and punch your ticket to the hardest, heaviest, most brutal metal festival in the world… in Wacken.

Let’s go!

• OCTOBER 2017

Amsterdam – Amsterdam Dance Festival: Whether you’re looking to party the night away or conduct business with future collaborators, there’s something for you at the fifth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Festival 18 through 22 October.

ADE bills itself as “the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres,” gathering over 375,000 fans to watch more than 2,500 artists drop the bass at more than 450 of Freestate Amsterdam’s nightclubs and performance venues, while over 550 speakers help music pros up their professional game away from the wubs and pulsing lights.

Those seeking to party can buy tickets for each individual show here. Music professionals can buy their conference passes here.

Basel – Baloise Session: Back in 1986, co-founders Matthias Müller, Enrico Bonometti, and Stephan Werthmüller organized the first Rheinknie Session in Basel, Switzerland, featuring performances from Oscar Peterson, Albert Collins, and Koko Taylor. Two years later, the music festival’s fame exploded when jazz legend Miles Davis brought down the house, prompting Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs to become a patron of the festival.

Two name changes later, the Baloise Session continues its proud, three-decade-long tradition of presenting music in an intimate, club-like setting. Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John, Grace Jones, and Deep Purple have been among those to perform at the festival.

Who will be performing at the 2017 Baloise Session? Chris Rea and Imelda May open this year’s performances. Other artists scheduled on the programme include: Goldfrapp; Nelly Furtado; Alicia Keys (who will have back-to-back performances on the 1st and 2nd of November); Kool & The Gang; and Tim Bendzko.

If this lineup is up your alley, tickets are on sale right now. Ticket prices range from CHF 60 to CHF 270 (€53 – €237), and can be purchased via the programme linked above.

The 2017 Baloise Session will run from 21 October to 9 November.

Berlin – Festival of Lights: Light up your autumn with the annual Festival of Lights in Berlin now through 15 October. The festival is one of best-known such light art festivals in the world, attracting national and international artists to transform the heart of Berlin into a world of color.

FOL attracts over 6 million to its various installations, all of which can be found with this map.

And the cost of admission? Free.

Berlin – Venus Berlin: This is an entry is NSFW! If you’re into BDSM, enjoy adult entertainment, or looking for the hottest in erotic products, then you’ll want to visit Venus Berlin between 12 and 15 October. The erotic expo is the world’s largest such expo, drawing over 30,000 each year to the Messegelände.

While the first night is industry-only, the rest of the expo is open to all adults who don’t mind turning up the heat in the bedroom while the rest of the world cools outside. Shopping, shows, panels, autograph sessions, if it has to do with sex, Venus Berlin might have it.

Tickets to Venus Berlin range from €34 to €999, depending on what experience you want out of the erotic expo.

Copenhagen – Kulturnatten (Culture Night) Copenhagen: This is more than just another “museum” night. And yes, all the museums and music venues are participating. But all sorts of institutions normally closed to the public also are open and inviting you inside on Fri., 13 Oct. such as the Danish bar and legal society, and the department of biology at Copenhagen University.

Pretty much you name it, it’s open.

See the whole program (and it’s amazingly huge at more than 150) here.

The pass for the full night is 95 Danish krone (12 euros) and you can find out where to get them here.

Eindhoven – Dutch Design Week: Dutch Design Week is the preeminent event in a city that seems to have something compelling going on every day. DDW is so big the “week” takes up nine days and 100 locations to welcome 2,500 designers from all over the Netherlands between 21 and 29 October.

If you really want to know what’s coming in every facet of design and art, from cars to clothing, this is the event. There are entire buildings dedicated to DDW, as well as entire sections of the city including Strijp-S, Eindhoven’s emerging collection of residential space, businesses, retail and labs designed to attract the Netherlands’ creative class.

We dedicated a weekend to it last year and only scratched the surface, seeing everything from outrageous new fashion designers to pre-fab housing. We’ll have a preview as we get closer to the date. Until then, a DDW ticket will set you back €19 online, €19.50 at the door.

Frankfurt – Mainova Frankfurt Marathon – Sunday, 29 Oct., thousands of runnings from around the world will line up for Germany’s most popular marathon. Last year, about 16,000 people competed. For 42 kilometers, this race winds through the coolest parts of the Mainhattan business district, the bar districts and all the rest of the city center to the finish at the Festhalle, serenaded by live music along the way.

This is the 36th year for the event, and the Germans being Germans have all the logistics worked out. The marathon website is excellent and has pretty much everything you need to know. There are also multiple events and workshops leading up to the big race.

They’re still accepting entries, which you can do here.

Frankfurt  – 48th German Jazz Festival: Another well-established event, this festival is equally popular with established acts and up-and-coming jazz musicians. So the Frankfurt festival has both newcomers and local talents and international jazz greats.

This year, acts include Children of the Light from the USA, which includes Brian Blade and John Patitucci and Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington, both of whom worked with Kendrick Lamar on “To Pimp a Butterfly” as rap and jazz come together.

Mats Eilertsen Rubicon from Norway (above) represents the more trad jazz. All jazz is pretty much experimental. But then there’s Roger Hanschel & Auryn Quartet, an unusual combination of violins and a sax.

Check out the website for the full lineup, which is organized by each day’s concerts.

The German Jazz Festival runs from 25 Oct. through 29 October three venues: the famous Alte Oper, Artist House Mousonturm and hr-Sendesaal.  Tickets start at 40 euros and you can get them here.

London – Harry Potter: A History of Magic: Coming to the British Library PACCAR Gallery 20 October 2017 through 28 February 2018 is Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Explore the origins of one of the most famous wizards of our time while celebrating the 20th anniversary of creator J.K. Rowling’s first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Tickets to see the exhibition — which can be purchased via the link above — range from free to little wizards 4 and under, to £16 for the grown-up graduates of Hogwarts.

Paris – Salon du Chocolat: Chocolate lovers, what better way to enjoy one of nature’s best foods than exploring the many ways chocolate can be used under the Eiffel Tower?

From 28 October through 1 November, Salon du Chocolat will make your chocolate dreams come true. Over 500 participants from 60 countries — including 200 chefs — will converge upon the Porte de Versailles to chocolate-up your life in so many ways, including: cooking demos; fashion shows; workshops; live shows; chocolate art; conferences; children’s programmes; competitions; and so much more.

Tickets to Salon du Chocolat range from €9.25 for a family pack to €14 for a single adult admission; little ones under 3 enter free.

Poperinge – Poperinge Beer Festival: Belgium and beer have always been a classic pairing since the Catholic Church first gave French and Flemish abbeys permission to brew small quantities of suds in the 12th century.

You can experience the results of this long history of brewing 28 and 29 October at the Poperinge Beer Festival in Poperinge, Belgium, located on the French/Belgian border 90 minutes west of Brussels.

Over two days, some 2,500 visitors will be able to try 100 beers from 25 breweries in Belgium and a few other European countries inside the Maeke Blyde event hall.

There will also be plenty of food and live music to enjoy at “Belgium’s coziest beer festival” in the nation’s proclaimed “Hops City.”

Admission to the 22nd annual Poperinge Beer Festival is free, but you’ll need €3 for a commemorative tasting glass — which you can return for a refund, or keep as yours — and €1.80 for a single tasting token.




Amsterdam – Amsterdam Light Festival: Start your Christmas season right with the sixth annual Amsterdam Light Festival 30 November 2017 through 21 January 2018. The canals and city streets in the heart of Amsterdam will come to life with over 40 light sculptures from Dutch and international artists — including a light object by Chinese artist and activist Ai WeiWei — all evoking this year’s theme, “Existential.”

Whether on foot or on a canal cruise, you’ll definitely see the Netherlands’ most famous city in different light as the sun sets on 2017. More information about the Amsterdam Light Festival will come soon.

Eindhoven – GLOW: GLOW is a light and color festival held near the end of every autumn in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, which has a history of lighting innovation and electronic technology dating back to the 19th century.

Artists and designers from home and abroad present light art and design applications at GLOW by using new media technologies, such as computers, sensors, animations, and also the well-known projection techniques. The light art festival stretches from the city centre to Strijp-S, featuring at least 25 different displays to dazzle the eyes.

GLOW runs from 11 through 18 November, concluding with the GLOW Run 6 kilometre fun run through the entire festival.

Europe: The Heaven Upside Down Tour: While our editor-in-chief Terry Boyd feels the magic in the air whenever he hears Bruno Mars, yours truly prefers to walk in the darkness with Marilyn Manson in her ears.

The industrial rock legend and visual artist will embark on the European leg of his The Heaven Upside Down Tour 12 November in Helsinki, Finland’s Ice Hall. He’ll also make an appearance at our home of Eindhoven, Netherlands 28 November, where he will take the stage inside Klokgebouw.

His tour — in support of his new album, Heaven Upside Down, due 6 October — will conclude in London’s SSE Wembley Arena 9 December. To see where he will be in between Helsinki and London, as well as to purchase tickets, click the first link above.

The Hague: Crossing Borders 2017: This is one of the rare festivals combining music and literature. Each year, Crossing Border Festival focuses on new pop music acts and literature, and is the largest combined music and literature festivals in Europe.

This year’s event from 2 – 4 November includes singer Nick Mulvey; filmmaker Omar Hamilton from Egypt, who just released his debut novel, “The City Always Wins”; novelist Ann Scott (“Superstars”); writer Rebecca Solnit, who created the phrase “mansplaining” and the indie band Spoon.

Can’t say Crossing Borders doesn’t offer variety.

You can see the full program here.

Helsinki – Slush: The sun may have gone down early, but don’t let it go down on your startup dreams. Take them to Slush in Helsinki, Finland 30 November and 1 December.

Despite the ice and snow bound to be around when you land in the Finnish capital, more than 2,300 startups, 1,100 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 120 countries came to Slush in 2016 to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere (and not just the northern lights).

This year, 17,500 people are expected in Helsinki for Slush, demonstrating that Europe is bumping up against The Valley as the dominant tech center. There will also be some heavy, heavy hitters giving speeches at the startup extravaganza, including: author, filmmaker, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore (who will open Slush 2017); Mood Rowghani from the original Sand Hill Road VC Kliener Perkins; Trivago founder Rolf Schrömgens; Mark Pincus (Zynga); Illkka Paanenen (Supercell); Nicholas Brusson (BlaBlaCar); Monique Woodard from 500 Startups; and Kat Manalac from Y Combinator.

With that kind of star power, this ain’t gonna be cheap; tickets to Slush 2017 start at €395 euros for startups.

Paris – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2017: The City of Light becomes the City of Sound for a few nights. Join The National, Run the Jewels, The Blaze, and more of your favorite indie acts for three nights at Grande Halle de La Villette – one of Paris’s coolest Right Bank venues – at the seventh annual Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2 through 4 November.

If a few solid hours of jamming in a former slaughterhouse doesn’t quite satisfy, good news: For the first two nights of the festival, you can keep the party going at Le Trabendo, a nearby club (with a 700-person maximum capacity) after the festival set officially ends.

If you’ve booked that hip Airbnb for the full week, check out the Avant-Garde soirées in the two days leading up to the festival (31 October and 1 November 2017). Initiated in 2016, these pre-parties invite festival-goers to check out new talent in venues across the Bastille neighborhood.

Tickets to Pitchfork Avant-Garde are €16 for each night. As for Pitchfork Paris, a three-day pass will set you back €110, while a single-day ticket goes for €50.

Reykjavik – Iceland Airwaves: The sun may not stick around once the clock strikes noon, but it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying one of Reykjavik’s biggest music festivals, Iceland Airwaves.

From 1 through 5 November, check out several artists representing Iceland’s music scene — such as Sigrún, Ásgeir, and Kælan Mikla — as well as international artists like Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, and Jo Goes Hunting; here’s the full lineup.

Tickets for Iceland Airwaves run from ISK 8,900 to ISK 21,900 (€77 – €189).

Utrecht – Le Guess Who?: This year marks the 11th year of Le Guess Who? in Utrecht, a unique festival held in a picturesque city. If you are looking for experimental, out-of-the-box music, then LGW? is the festival for you 9 through 12 November.

Fresh new talent and legendary acts combine to bring this lively city even more alive. A cool feature of Le Guess Who? is the fact the organization doesn’t fill in the line-up. They appoint bands to do it for them. Which means you’re going to see a lot of bands that musicians know, but are debuting to the broader public. Or more eclectic performers you won’t see at Glastonbury.

From the website:

During four days, Le Guess Who? takes over the city center of Utrecht with 100 performances set to electrify churches, galleries, theaters and pop venues. Side programs with music, film, art, photography and markets appear at cafés, hotels, restaurants, wharf cellars, de Neude square and the hidden corners of the city.

Out of 100 acts, we recognized … not one! Okay, maybe The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda performed by the Sai Anantam Ashram Singers.

Check it out!

Tickets start at 34 euros and you can get them here.

• 2018

Ascot – Royal Ascot: Several months from now, the Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England will come to life with the thunder of hooves and throngs of fancy-dressed party people when the centuries-old Royal Ascot welcomes the British summer 19 through 23 June 2018.

The horse racing extravaganza is known more for the thousands in attendance than the horses who compete for a share of nearly £7 million (€7.6 million) in total prize money over the course of the competition. In fact, the Royal Ascot is considered a major event in the British social calendar; thus, expect to see lots of wealthy, well-mannered, very important people in their finest there (aside from the Queen and her family, of course).

Tickets to the 2018 Royal Ascot are on sale now, ranging from £27 (€31) for a seat in the Windsor Enclosure on Tuesday and Wednesday, to £82 (€94) for a place among the royals in the Queen Anne Enclosure on the final day of competition Saturday. Early-bird discounts end 30 November, so don’t wait.

Oberhausen – New Waves Day: If you need more darkness in your life as the summer’s heat approaches, head up to Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany 26 May 2018 for the second edition of New Waves Day.

This year’s festival was headlined by British gothic rock legends The Mission, and this year’s lineup thus far will not disappoint this writer: England’s own Fields of the Nephilim, Dutch dark music masters Clan of Xymox, and German gothabilly act Der Fluch are the announced acts thus far on the 2018 bill.

Early-bird tickets to the 2018 New Waves Day are on sale now for €51.30, and will be shipped to your door starting in November. More acts will be announced in the coming months, so keep checking the website and Facebook for details.

Wacken – Wacken Open Air: The reason the Advance Notice Event Guide even exists is because yours truly wanted to include this long-running hard rock and metal festival in Wacken, Germany in one of the weekly weekend event guides back in 2016, but remembered too late to add it (our policy is to never add sold-out events to the weekly weekend event guide, no matter how awesome it is).

Well, now is the time to strike if you want to make your early August 2018 weekend metal, blacker than the blackest black, times infinity, as early-bird tickets to the hardest, heaviest, most brutal festival in all of Deutschland — if not the world — are on sale. The three-day, all-in pass is €221, and includes the festival’s new W.O.A. Card, which is your actual ticket; the cardboard one is a souvenir.

Would you like to know who’s been confirmed thus far? Check it: Arch Enemy; Dimmu Borgir; Judas Priest; Sepultura; and Vince Neil are five of the 20 acts already scheduled to rock the tiny German village of 2,000 like a hurricane 2 through 4 August 2018, with 80 more metal gods to be confirmed over the coming months.

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