Whilst in many countries Easter weekend is spent hunting for chocolate eggs and having a big family meal, this occasion is one of the biggest party weekends in Amsterdam. As the Spring weather starts to brighten things up, Easter weekend marks the official opening of the festival season - and, boy, does it start with a bang.
Over this weekend, which falls on 14th-16th April this year, you will be spoiled for choice with everything from huge festivals to more intimate, alternative parties going on. But if you can't be bothered to scroll the infinite list of parties on Facebook, don't fear, because we've already done the hard work for you. Here's our top picks for Easter weekend 2017.
Big Festival Weekenders
Awakenings is one of the longest running Dutch techno festivals, established 20 years ago! That's right... this festival has been around longer than some of the people who will be attending. 😱 But with all those years of experience under their belt, you can expect a top-class festival this Easter. In honor of their 20th birthday, Awakenings is going all out this year with 5 massive parties between 13th and 16th April to celebrate. You'll witness some of the biggest names making it in the techno scene, including acts like Joris Voorn, Chris Liebing & Seth Troxler. Get ready, it's gonna be a mad one!
Unsurprisingly, the Friday and Saturday parties have already sold out, but you might be able to still grab a ticket on TicketSwap!
Not quite as old as Awakenings, but equally acclaimed, DGTL is returning for its 5th year of Easter celebrations at NDSM in North Amsterdam. Watch as the industrial docklands are transformed into one of the hottest festival venues in the city. Once again, DGTL has curated a knock-out line up of cutting-edge electronic artists, which will be combined with conceptual art performances & installations.
DGTL will open on Friday 14th and run through til Sunday 16th, so you still have Easter Monday to recover.
Alternative Easter Weekend Parties
If the big festivals aren't for you, there are plenty of smaller, more intimate and alternative parties happening too. Here are our top picks.
Friday 14th April: Easter Madness Goes undrgrnd
On Friday 14th, Amsterdam's own Madness Cr3w will be hosting their Easter party at the new club Undrgrnd, situated on Rembrandtplein. Unsurprisingly, the theme of this party is once again utter MADNESS; think over the top outfits, bright colours, face paint... let's get creative! Izzy Sparkles the glitter girl will even be there to help sparkle you up on the night.
On this night get ready for some booming techno, crazy lights, awesome people... and the occasional unicorn.
Tickets are a steal too! Instead of €40 for a festival ticket, here you can party for just €7.50 -- a special discount price for friends of Party with a Local! Join the group going on the app.
Saturday 15th april: El Bacchanal invites DJ Chaap
For a free & less techno-centred version of your Easter weekend, head to Roest on the 15th for their new latin party! Here you can dance the night away to old and new music from Latin America, this time with guest DJ Chaap. Expect a heart-racing combination of salsa, reggeaton, dancehall, bachata, baile funk, forro and axe... you won't be able to get off the dance floor!
If you haven't been before, Roest is one of the coolest venues in East Amsterdam with industrial vibes and its very own beach.
sunday 16TH APRIL: Alter Ego night
Looks like this Easter is all about dressing up and getting creative! If the costumed shenanigans from Friday night aren't enough for you, go for round two of creative fun at Alter Ego Night at RADION. This time, however, costumes will be provided for you so you don't even need to plan ahead.
At Alter Ego Night, you can enter an illusionary world filled with performances, decor, visuals, and an international line-up that will certainly please your alter ego. Check out the event to find out more...
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