Event Guide 21-23 June: Summer Solstice!

Event Guide 21-23 June: Summer Solstice!

June 19, 2019

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.”
- Margaret Atwood


Friday, 21 June 

Solstice Festival

Where: Ruigoord

Bring in summer on the longest day of the year at everyones favourite hippie village - Ruigoord! This psychedelic celebration is the perfect way to honour Summer Solstice; a sacred time of release, renewal and restoration. The open air festival provides the perfect environment for all kinds of release; kicking off at 11am with a major line-up of DJs blasting summer tunes to help you shed that winter skin. There will even be an official Sun Celebration Ritual at 17:54 - the exact time of solstice. And when the sun finally goes to bed, you certainly don’t have to… continue dancing to the sun Gods at the epic afterparty inside Ruigoord’s church, right up until it rises again the following day. Now that’s how to celebrate summer with soul! 

Midsummers Night Dreammates 

Where: Pllek 

 “Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream” You’ll be feeling as dreamy as Demetrius at Pllek’s very special Midsummers Night theatrical dinner. The waterside beach bar is hosting an enchanting night of wonder, with a theatrical, multi-course feast full of Solstice surprises. This will be an intimate affair with limited tickets available, only further adding to the evenings charm. Leave the world of foolish mortals behind, meet by midnight, dine with spirits and dance with fairies this Summer Solstice. 

Hunee/Shackleton/Max Abysmal

Where: Shelter 

Quintessential Amsterdam super-club Shelter is set to go off this Friday, with a stellar line up of three of the world’s hottest DJs right now. Headliner Hunee has been described as one of the most fearless DJs on the scene; famous for breaking rules with his uber-eclectic & diverse sets which still manage to win over the crowds — each and every time. Beloved English producer Shackleton brings some dark ambience to the party, and Australian export Max Abysmal is another underground pioneer of thrilling eclecticism. We’ll catch you on the d-floor - it’s gonna be dirty. 

Saturday, 22 June 

Japan Festival 

Where: Amstelpark

Step right into the heart of Japan — minus the 11 hour flight — this Saturday at Amsterdam’s annual Japan Festival. Bonsai trees, bubble tea and Buddhist fairytales are among the countless list of Japanese delights you can embrace at this super kawaii day of culture. Other highlights include performances of traditional Japanese dance, live sushi stalls, and an 80s Super Mario caravan of retro-games! You can even come dressed as your favourite anime character and strut your stuff on the cosplay catwalk… Konichiwa, bitches! 

Strange Sounds from Beyond

Where: Noorderlicht Café, NDSM Wharf

Tired of hearing the same ol’ house? Then come and get weird this weekend at one of Europe’s leading festivals for experimental, cross-spectrum dance music — Strange Sounds from Beyond. From UK house/jungle/garage force of nature Joy Orbison, to afro-techno supergroup African Acid is the Future, there is something for everyone at Amsterdam's most eclectic festival - and plenty more to discover. Get down to the serene green of Noorderlicht on NDSM Wharf and prepare yourself for some mind-expanding, boundary-breaking, brain-blowing vibes! 

Sunday, 23 June

Thuishaven Zomer with Benny Rodrigues

Where: Thuishaven 

 A wonderful wasteland surrounded by huge oil tankers and metal scrapyards; Thuishaven truly is a place like no other… Every Sunday, they bring a different — but always phenomenal — act to perform at this industrial land of dreams, for a day-to-night session you’ll never want to end. This Sunday, national treasure of Holland Benny Rodrigues graces the main stage for an epic 10-hour set. There’s simply no better way to spend your Sunday! 

Terrible Football

Where: Museumplein 

 A little too much partying got you craving some wholesome fun this weekend? If a Sunday Session isn’t on the cards, how about coming down to Museumplein for some terrible football — no judgement allowed! Every Sunday, the Terrible Football crew invite anyone and everyone to come and play a free game on the green. No matter whether you’re an aspiring Ajax player or you’ve never touched a football before — they want you on the team! And of course, no game of football is complete without a post-match beer or five with your fellow terrible teammates!