Live music in a former church

This former church first became a music venue when it was squatted in the mid-’60s, and it remains one of most memorable and busiest venues for live music in Amsterdam – rock, pop and beyond. 

Paradiso's main hall has a sense of grandeur about it, with large stained-glass windows behind the band and two levels of balconies providing great views down onto the stage – the first balcony also has unassigned seating. A smaller room upstairs plays home to independent bands and breakthrough talents, while its basement café can also host gigs and events. All together, it's not uncommon for the venue to host four or five events in one night.

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