What do Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and Nothing But Thieves have in common? They all wrote a song about Amsterdam! There are enough things to do for music lovers in Amsterdam! Here’s our top 10!
1. Paradiso: Amsterdam’s best concert venue
Paradiso used to be a church and became a concert venue after it was squatted by hippies in the 60s. It’s one of the busiest music venues in Amsterdam with a fantastic ambiance, where lots of superstars and bands have performed. The former church still has a lot of its authentic features: stained-glass windows, paneled doors and a balcony. Check out their full agenda for a concert!
Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam
2. Browse and buy the best vinyl in Concerto Recordstore
Concerto is the place to go to when you want to buy vinyl, cds, books, dvds and merchandise! Pop, rock, Motown, jazz, classical music, dance, you name it, they have it. The store even has a whole department filled with second hand vinyl. Do your arms feel weary after all those hours of flipping through the records? No worries, it even has its own café! Concerto also has regular in-store events and concerts, a great way to discover new music!
Utrechtsestraat 52-60, Amsterdam (Source: website Concerto)
3. Rare and unique vinyl in Rush Hour Record store
Looking for rare dance, electronic, hiphop, soul-jazz vinyls? Rush Hour is the place to be! The company started as a record store with mailorder service, but is now a world renowned record store. Rush Hour is not driven by hypes, but only sell records they truly believe in. The world famous store even has its own record label (to name a few: Tom Trago, San Proper, Aardvarck, Hunee, Carl Craig, Xosar and KiNK).
Spuistraat 116, Amsterdam
4. Classic music in Het Concertgebouw
Wander through Museumplein to visit the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Royal Concertgebouw concert hall. The Dutch term “concertgebouw” literally means “concert building”. The Royal Concertgebouw is world-famous and known for its great acoustics and ambiance of the Main Hall. Even if classical music isn’t really your cup of tea, it’s a wonderful building to see.
Concertgebouwplein 10, Amsterdam
5. Join a party in the Melkweg
The Melkweg (Dutch for Milky Way) is one of Amsterdam’s best concert venues. The cultural centre (it also is cinema, café and a theatre) has two concert halls (capacity of 1,500 and 700). “Rock, hip-hop and reggae are staples, but anything goes – its stages have seen everyone from Wu-Tang through the Libertines to the Prodigy.” (The Guardian).
Lijnbaansgracht 234A (Leidseplein), Amsterdam
6. Visit one of the many great dance music festivals
The dance scene is thriving in Amsterdam! Amsterdam has many dance festivals throughout the year, but most festivals take place in the summer. A few big names: Pitch, Dekmantel and of course ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event in October). Tickets always go fast for the big festivals, so you might want to consider buying tickets ahead. The Dutch capital is a true home of dance music! Several locations in Amsterdam, check out Amsterdam’s festival agenda
7. Muziekgebouw aan het IJ / Bimhuis
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ is a majestic building around the corner of Amsterdam central station. The futuristic building is home to top contemporary classical ensembles. Concert hall Bimhaus is attached to the main building of Muziekgebouw aan het IJ. Bimhaus is the top jazz venue in Amsterdam. It’s a brilliant but intimate concert hall just big enough for 375 people.
Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam (Source: website Muziekgebouw aan het Ij)
8. Relax in the Tolhuistuin
Want to get away from the busy city center of Amsterdam? Take the (free!) ferry to Amsterdam North and visit the Tolhuistuin! The Tolhuistuin is a beautiful garden where people can enjoy theatre, great food and concerts throughout the summer!
Tolhuisweg 2, Amsterdam-Noord
9. Dance the night away in Chicago Social Club
Chicago Social Club is a bar and club in the heart of Amsterdam. In the weekends the club transforms into a cozy and intimate night club. The program contains mostly techno or hip-hop music events.
Leidseplein 12, Amsterdam
10. Red Light Radio & Records
Amsterdam is not only about coffee shops and canals. It’s also the home of Red Light Radio & Records. Although the red light district is known for prostitutes and other sex-oriented businesses, one prostitution window is occupied by the radio DJ of Red Light Radio & Records. The record shop only sells second hand vinyl (mostly jazz, funk, soul, disco, wave, house and experimental electronic music) and Red Light Radio merchandise.
Oudekerksplein 22 -26, Amsterdam
Bonus: still looking for a place to stay?
The John (Lennon) & Yoko (Ono) Suite in the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam is yours for the night for just €1500! (Wifi not included). The perfect setting to have your own bed-in for peace!