THE AGENDA: where to be this week, 5 – 11 September

The finest back-to-backs and stage hostings

Écrit par Meike Jentjens, TicketSwap contributorPublié le jeu. 7 sept. • Lecture de 5 Minutes

From music that feels like the hug of a weighted blanket to crazy stage hostings and back-to-backs: this week’s recommendations send you to cities, forests, and parks.

TicketSwap’s weekly event highlights series THE AGENDA has you covered on the spiciest events across Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, Eindhoven, and beyond.


mer. 6 sept., 18:00 • Poppodium 013, Tilburg


It’s only fair to say that Trentemøller has inspired loads of producers who came after him. His experimental and moody sound pulls you into another dimension with him, where his music hugs you like a weighted blanket. This performance at Tilburg’s largest pop venue is a first for him: Trentemøller brings out an entirely new live band to play with him.

Draaimolen Festival 2023

Have you seen that lineup? All those crazy stage hostings like Aura by Nous’klaer Audio, Forest Rave by Eris Drew & Octo Octa, and The Pit by Blawan & Pariah turn the MOB Complex forest into the hottest place to be this weekend - and we haven’t even mentioned those one-off back-to-backs. Can you imagine AGY3NA b2b OK Williams, Evian Christ b2b Torus, Human Space Machine b2b Mary Lake, and JASSS b2b Taahliah? The rest of the lineup is just as good, so make sure to visit Tilburg for at least one day.

Dream Village

Close to Tilburg is Bavel, where the EDM heads are in for a treat. You know the concept: the dark side vs. the place where dreams are made. You’ll find acts like Mr. Belt & Wezol, Fab x Paans, and superstar DJ David Guetta on the ‘Sweet Dreams’ festival site, and acts like Lara, Michael Amani, Natte Visstick, and Act of Rage on the ‘Dark Visions’ part of the festival. What’s your choice? 

Parels van de Stad

Amsterdam’s finest unite at Parels van de Stad this weekend. Bokoesam, Benny Rodrigues, Idaly, Jacin Trill, Wouter S, and Nina Sanetti show what they’re made of at Riekerhaven Amsterdam, where they don’t shy away from blazing flames, crazy fireworks, and loads of confetti. This might be one of the last outdoor festivals, so make sure to see your favorite artists live while the sun is shining again. 

Smeerboel Festival 2023

Benny Rodrigues has a packed schedule, as he headlines Smeerboel festival the same weekend as Parels van de Stad next to Cera Khin, Cynthia Spiering, Kobosil, and Sally C. Tjade, Shady Lady, and Tonno Disko are on the lineup besides many other DJs who know how to turn up the heat and aren’t afraid to get a little dirty.

TIJDMASJIEN Festival 2023

Time to go back in time at TIJDMASJIEN. We start in 1980 all the way to 2023 with the most fun house, hits, and classic tunes out there. Blow-up toys and lifesize jukeboxes set the stage for acts like the eclectic DJ Alamaison, the ever-busy Benny Rodrigues, and living legend Michel de Hey. Dressing up is not mandatory but is recommended.

Monnom Black Label Night

One of Berlin’s finest techno labels comes to Lofi to show us what peak-time techno looks like. Label originator Dax J joins the lineup next to Hadone, LDS. Nnamael, stranger, and Umwelt. Both emerging talents and trailblazers take to the stage at Lofi, where the two areas feel like a true techno temple.

Vondel Disco - The Last Dance

Head south of Amsterdam for a day full of disco, house, and funky tunes. DJs like SUNNY, Aiscream & Joshua Walter, and Rue d’Alex play their grooviest, deep floor fillers during this last edition of Vondel Disco ever. Celebrate the last silent disco at De Vondeltuin in style and be early so you’ll have a full day of dancing ahead.

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