Music Guide (September 2023)
Looking to discover some great live music in Amsterdam but completely clueless about where to start? Look no further than I amsterdam's gig guide, featuring the best concerts in the city that you really shouldn't miss.
CONCERTS & GIGS
Amsterdam-based singer Latanya Alberto mixes beautiful neo-soul with influences from R&B, jazz and electronic music. She released her debut album, The Royal Escape, in 2021 and has been doing well ever since; she played with the Metropole Orkest and performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam.
Jasper Blom Big Band Plays Ellington
Saxophonist Jasper Blom always wanted to start his own big band. Assisted by a sextet of talented musicians and the electronic sounds of his H9000R harmonizer, Blom brings his own interpretations of his favourite compositions by jazz great Duke Ellington.
Jesse Joe Stark
Los Angeles-based Jesse Jo Stark makes a mix of 70s rock, country and dreamy pop. She is also distinguished by her unique visual style, reflected in her video clips and clothing style. Jesse Jo is right in the middle of LA's rock scene; she has a relationship with Yungblud, she is friends with top model Bella Hadid, and she wrote her debut EP with none other than Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols.
Parels uit de Bijlmer
The Zuidoost district of Amsterdam has long been a breeding ground for creativity, with various former residents significantly influencing the Netherlands' music, language, art and other cultural expressions. During this festive celebration, 'Parels uit de Bijlmer' (Pearls from de Bijlmer'), enjoy performances by homegrown Zuidoost talent: Ray Fuego, Reanny and spoken-word artist Marassa.
A girl so nice they named her twice. Singer and xylosynth player Sanne Huijbregts was active ten years ago with her group EvenSanne, but has since found her own sound after a creative search, as recorded on the record Mountain Child. Roosmarijn Tuenter, Pat Cleaver and Jeroen Batterink further supplement the jazz quartet.
Hailing from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Rock trio Demob Happy returns to Amsterdam as part of their international tour. Demob Happy will be playing from their second full-length, Divine Machines released in May this year, on which contemporary topics are framed by epic guitar riffs.
Babs from Enschede is a rapper, producer and songwriter and likes to throw out the rulebook with her music. She is queer and has Surinamese roots. Her witty lyrics and infectious beats playfully counteract the male-dominated hip-hop scene and challenge racist and sexist stereotypes.
CLUBBING & NIGHTLIFE
Radio Radio 5 years
DJ bar Radio Radio celebrates its fifth birthday with a dazzling day party at Lofi. Behind the decks: Detroit legend DJ Stingray 313, Roza Terenzi, DJ Python and a whole host of unannounced special guests. Round off a sunshine-filled weekend with the perfect Sunday dancefloor.
The South African music style of amapiano includes sultry sounds that are slow but still overflowing with tension and energy. Don't miss your chance to get on to dancefloor to the hottest amapiano and other African club sounds in one of the city's most electrifying clubs - Parallel in the basement of Tolhuistuin.
Acid Pauli x Genii x Arabella Memdouh
Het Sieraad is an enchanting location with a rich history, dating back to 1904 when this former jewellery school was still full of students. Nowadays, little studying goes on here, but a lot of dancing. Don't miss DJ and producer Acid Pauli joined behind the decks by DJ Arabella Memdouch - known for her compelling yet accessible deep house and techno.
Levenslang Curated by Passion DEEZ
An evening full of 'liberating' music, selected by DJ Passion DEEZ in club Levenslang in the former Bijlmerbajes. British electronic dance music cannot do without influences from R&B, hip-hop and reggae and these are undoubtedly sounds that will come back during this club night.
Haarlem Vinyl Festival
Don’t miss the world's first multi-day festival dedicated to vinyl culture, from spinning to collecting records. The programme includes a dazzling line-up of talks, in-stores, an art and culture route, dozens of live shows, club nights and, of course, a colossal outdoor record fair for crate diggers. The festival heart will be located at Phil, with various events at venues across the city, including Patronaat and Vishal.