Currently, many concerts in Amsterdam have been postponed or cancelled for now. Check venues for up to date information. As long as things keep improving (🤞), gigs will be going again from 1 April. So, here's a selection of highlights on Amsterdam's musical calendar to look forward to.
There’s a wealth of post-punk bands currently making music raging against the modern world, but there’s not many bands making music that’s doing it quite as mercilessly (and mockingly) as Viagra Boys. The six-strong Stockholm group’s heavy basslines and squalling blasts of reverberating guitar and saxophone perfectly counterpoint lead singer Sebastian Murphy’s deadpan drawl. It’s no surprise they’ve toured with fellow point-blank piss-takers Sleaford Mods.
Listen to: Sports, Worms
Paradiso Noord // 31 March 2021
If The Streets had been raised on a diet of Netflix and the Notorious B.I.G. they probably would have turned out something like Leicester five-piece Easy Life. Genre-bending indie-jazz, hip-hop and a distinctly British outlook give their seemingly lightweight pop songs more heft than you might expect.
Listen to: Earth, Peanut Butter
Paradiso Noord // 1 April 2021
New Zealand’s The Beths make indie-pop guitar music that speaks to the awkward and the self-conscious. But despite appealing to the outsider, the group’s music is the perfect antidote to anxiety, filled with more hooks than a fisherman’s satchel and played out with a confidence that belies Stokes’ chosen subject matter. It’s music about feeling bad that makes you feel good. Find them at Amsterdam's Paradiso on 23 April 2021.
Listen to: Less than Thou, Happy Unhappy
Paradiso Noord // 23 April 2021
If you're into indie, it's difficult to attend a London Calling festival and fail to find at least one band you like playing. Tastemakers who seem one step ahead of the game when it comes to knowing who's going to be big, this edition's lineup promises great things, with Porridge Radio, Tops, Dry Cleaning and The Blinders all featuring.
Listen to: Disq and Porridge Radio's new albums
Paradiso // Date TBC
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