The Netherlands is a travel destination where many visitors come for the flowers, windmills, museums, sightseeing, coffee shops, smart shops and its red light districts. This small country offers a lot of variety in entertainment for all ages and this is also true for Psytrance lovers.
There are often parties happening all around as well as festivals with many styles of music represented. At the moment, The Netherlands counts with three Psytrance Festivals: Space Safari, Solstice and Psy-Fi.
Space Safari is a new festival organized by the Lost Theory crew that has recently taken place in the south of Holland, at a great location on a camping site beautifully decorated and with a diverse line up.
Solstice, coming up in June, is the longest running Psychedelic Trance festival in The Netherlands. It is located at Ruigoord just outside of Amsterdam, an alternative village of artists that has developed from its squatting days into a collective of ateliers, as well as an organization hosting many events every year.
Later in the summer, Psy-Fi brings its light to the north of the country. Attracting a public of around 15,000 people, it is by far the largest Psytrance festival in The Netherlands. The location is a beautiful nature area where you can expect many different floors and an interstellar line up.
The Dutch Psytrance scene has many parties happening throughout the year that are hosted by a series of organizations, some existing longer and others having just started. Simply check the site Goabase or the social media profiles from these organizations to find out what’s up when and where: 3rd BIT, All Muzing, Area 52, Beats Down the Rabbithole, Bom Voyage, CampAttack, Celestial Bodies, DAF, De Fraktie, Dutch Underground Crew, DYI Soundsystem, Full Circle, Gaia’s Platform, Guerrilla-Events, Global Aura, Kosmic Fusion, Limitless, Mad Melodies, Mindworks Events, N2O, Namaste, Psychique, Psy-Experience, Psychedelic Affair, Psychedelic.FM, Psychedelic Rave, S-Xperience, Samskara, Shut Up & Dance, Stichting Vrijfeesten, TDS, TrancE – Alice, Trance Orient Express, Twilight, Twisted Extractions, Up-Projects, V-Killer, Wow Events, Ω crew.
When visiting The Netherlands, be that for a party, festival or to do the tourist thing, be sure to pack well for all types of weather as typically you may experience many seasons within one day.
Watch out for all traffic: cars, buses, trams, motorbikes, bicycles, scooters and mopeds, as they all travel at different speeds and often visitors from other countries are so busy enjoying the view they may not be able to watch out!
An important Dutch word to know is “gezellig” (sounds like: heh-SELL-ick). It can have many meanings: nice, chill, relaxed, cozy and it is used across the board, so definitely a good one to learn!
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Psytrance DJ from Brazil based in The Netherlands and involved with the local party scene.