Amsterdam Open Air Presents a Renewed Festival Experience: Embracing New Initiatives, Collaborations and Creativity
On June 3rd and 4th, Amsterdam Open Air (AOA) will present a renewed version of the festival. Over the course of ten years, the immensely popular electronic music festival has always prided itself in reflecting Amsterdam nightlife and creative urban initiatives. Post-COVID, a new playground emerged with audiences that had developed different tastes, expectations and needs. It gave way for AOA to embrace new initiatives from the city, collaborations with new organizations and allow for a lineup that includes many artists who had not been featured before.
“We noticed that festival visitors need to be stimulated and surprised more than ever,” says Thomas Gurney-Champion, Creative Director of AOA. “With this in mind, we went back to the drawing board and completely reimagined AOA.”
While AOA still celebrates the greatest diversity of music cultures in Amsterdam, innovation was also found in the collaboration with exciting new creatives. For example, a new visual identity was chosen by collaborating with 3D artist Johana Kroft (NY). Based on Artificial Intelligence, Kroft created 3D art that formed the basis for AOA’s new identity.
The festival also reached out to interdisciplinary club Kanaal40, which will be hosting an area with interactive (micro)pop music videos. Other brand new partners on the festival grounds are local creative community Heesterveld, as well as techno event organizer Intercell and the underground platform Tropical Lazer Storm. AOA visitors can also listen to the live radio broadcast from Echobox or walk over to the colorful queer party presented by Supernature. The upcoming festival edition also marks the return of Foundation with its signature house and hip hop classics, rave collective Capsule, Vunzige Deuntjes and Fiesta Macumba. Palet will host the Open Air stage on Sunday.
The new approach allows AOA to present an exciting and renewed line-up. For instance, the big Open Air stage will feature a more pop-oriented program in the afternoon, with live performances by Goldband, Froukje, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, Claude and sor with string quartet. In the evening, the festival grounds will be transformed into electronic paradise with performances by Astra Club (DJ Tennis & Carlita), KILIMANJARO, Marlon Hoffstadt, DJ EZ, Philou Louzolo, Elias Mazian, Luuk van Dijk and Bella.
The other stages will cater to techno enthusiasts with Dax J, Blawan, Charlie Sparks, CLTX and Mama Snake. House lovers can indulge in exclusive back 2 back sets by Benny Rodrigues b2b Chris Stussy and Carlos Valdes b2b Steffi. Cinthie (Berlin) plays a special live set on Saturday. Headliners Enzo Siragusa and Toman promise to be grand highlights on Sunday. Minimal lovers can enjoy sets from Sonja Moonear, among others. African electronic music is represented by DBN Gogo, Buruntuma, Philou Louzolo, Cincity, among others. Last but not least, hip-hop lovers can look forward to performances by Idaly, De Schuurman, Jarreau Vandal and Vunzige Deuntjes Soundsystem.
This year we have a theater section containing a cultural program consisting of various theater performances, talks and podcast recordings.
All information about them + the performance + photos can be found here: https://we.tl/t-XPSxgjOzPp
- Willie Wartaal – Stand-up:
After seventeen years of performing at festivals, pop halls and clubs, Wiwa dove into theater for the first time this year with ‘Moederdag’, his solo theater performance. ‘Moederdag’ is a program full of music, funny and serious stories about his life, his difficult childhood, having a drug addict mother and the life lessons he learned from it. For Amsterdam Open Air, Wiwa will perform snippets from his show, supplemented with new material. Discover the tour trailer.
- Lifedreamers podcast recordings w/ special guests
Life Dreamers is a podcast platform created by Benjamin Conteh that provides a space for individuals to share their dreams. The goal of the platform is to inspire the younger generation of creatives by showcasing that anything is possible if you have the courage to dream big and take action to turn those dreams into reality. Over the years, Life Dreamers has featured a variety of notable guests, including Typhoon, Timor, Kees van der Spek, Edson (Patta) among others. The platform has gained recognition for its innovative approach, and Benjamin Conteh was even named talent of the year at the Young Amsterdam Talent Awards.
- Talks by Foundation
Foundation is a dance school / hip-hop academy from South-East by John Agesilas. They host talks with guests on both days in addition to their own stage, about subjects such as: The Origins of Afrobeat & Black Roots of House.
Bachata dance workshop at the Fiesta Macumba stage
- A collaboration with Spatial Sound Experience by End of Time (3D or 8D sound):
An entirely new way of experiencing music that can immerse the audience in a vibrant and interactive world, where discovery and connection with one another are paramount. As Thomas Gurney-Champion states, “We are striving to create the ultimate interactive playground that encourages free-minded and new connections by escaping reality.”
Amsterdam Open Air 2023 tickets here Date: June 3rd - June 4th, 2023 Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00 Sunday: 13:00 - 23:00 Location: Gaasperpark, Amsterdam Follow AOA 2023 : WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK / TIKTOK
Astra Club (DJ Tennis & Carlita) • Claude • De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig • DJ Daisy • Froukje • KILIMANJARO • Luuk van Dijk • SIM-OJ • Hosted By Yells
Charlie Sparks • CLTX • Dissolver (live) • Elli Acula • Hyper Octane • X-Coast B2B Miley Serious
Benny Rodrigues B2B Chris Stussy • Boris Werner • Carlos Valdes & Steffi (house set) • Children of Valis • Cinthie (live) • Ryan Elliott
Anaïs B • Basshall Sound System • De Schuurman • Dieux Père B2B Washington • Idaly • Nala B2B Mixturess • Nayla B2B Shann • She B2B Ballantine • DJ Turne B2B Murke • Vunzige Deuntjes Soundsystem • WEF B2B Rockefellababe • Hosted by Eddie the host
Antunes • Buruntuma • Cincity • DBN Gogo • Feurich • Ricks • Unruly Phoenix • Waxfiend • Tani J • Hosted by Sha’man
Bxxmbastic • Deemz • Diffsumm • Kirou Kirou • Passion Deez • Tida Kamara • T-SHA
Picnic X Yellow House
Andy Luff • PH Project • Shakèd • Sonja Moonear • Voigtmann
BVNDO • DJ Beukeboom (live) • DJ Firmenza • Godsendo • Jerrau • Lyzza (live) • Lucci
The Other Side
Anthoni Logos • Noraj Cue • Roswitha Nash (live) • Trippin Jaguar • YDesire (live) •
Spatial Sound Experience by End of Time
Tropical Lazer Storm
Alex Ranzino B2B Bastienne • Arie Vederci • Berkan V8 • Foxy Fahrenheit • Spacer Woman • YuBu
John Agesilas • Lynee Denise (lezing) • Nedda Sou • Hosted By Hernsy Herns
Open Air X Palet
Bella • Boris Coelman • DJ EZ • Elias Mazian • Goldband • Kalle • Marlon Hoffstadt • Philou Louzolo • sor • Trippy Tins • Hosted By Yells
Beste Hira • Blawan • Dax J • Genex • Julian Muller B2B JKS • Mama Snake
Enzo Siragusa • Joella Jackson • Mateo Dufour • Michel De Hey B2B Julian Anthony • Odette • Toman
Dippy Dash • DJ Lalo El Bandido (Salsa & Merengue) • Extremos Bachata Workshop • Fiesta Macumba Soundsystem • IJF • Jahwin • Tribal Kush
Doppelgang • Fafi Abdel Nour • Kyra Khaldi • MMIV • Sandrien (house set)• Shady Lady
Amir • Ginton (live) • Jan Koster • Jolani Jhones • PantonePapi • Rozaly • Sandor Dayala • Zeus
Amartey • Atti • FidiGyalDem • FiiFii • Giordan Chase • Gowtu • Jay Free • Jean Jeansen • Melv!ee X YXNG Amartey X MC Sena (New Era) • Relle B • YUNG ALXNDR • Hosted by Berano, Fuegoomamii & MC Dwinna
Heesterveld X Jarreau Vandal
Arra • Chocolate Swirl • Ell Murphy b2b Lamsi • Jarreau Vandal B2B Mina • Nico Adomako • Oishi • Ranye • Xzavier Stone (Live)
The Other Side
Gente Quente • Katjang Pedis • KRAUT • Paboona
Spatial Sound Experience by End Of Time
Echobox presents: C.R.E.A.M.
Bokoedro & Fallwood (Live) • Bony Fly • Duo Penossi • Genesis / C.R.E.A.M. • Kurashi Soundsystem • Panda Lassow • Popskull & The Dancehall Explorer
Iris Rijskamp • Jenny Rose • Merlín & Subduction • Spaceandtime
Rich Medina (DJ) • Rich Medina (Lezing) • Bamba Al Mansour • Hosted By Hernsy Hearns