Hosting • Woodstock Bloemendaal

Monday Jan 13, 2020 Category: Stagehost

We’re proud to announce that Woodstock, an infamous beach bar near Amsterdam is back for its second time at Extrema. We had a talk with Koene, Woodstock’s Booker & Event Manager.

For the people that are unfamiliar with Woodstock, how would you describe this place?

Woodstock is an outdoor beach bar located on the beach near Amsterdam held during the warmer months, between March and September. It has been around for over 25 years and has evolved into an important part of the Dutch party scene. The driving force behind the bar is diversity and inclusiveness. 

From the start, it had to be a place where young and older people from all walks of life could come together to enjoy music and to feel at home. Because we never catered to a specific group, we never focused on a single musical genre. The venue is built from the ground up and after the summer season is over it gets broken down again. That’s why every season the venue looks different. 

The programming includes live bands as well as DJs. Notable is that the Woodstock resident DJs embody this philosophy and have become masters at mixing different genres together. Also, Woodstock is known for inviting DJs to play long sets. Often only one act is booked who then plays the whole day. Some notable acts have been Damian Marley, Floating Points, DJ Harvey, Dixon, Âme, Franz Ferdinand, Hernan Cattaneo, and Gerd Janson. With time Woodstock grew larger and the bookings became more international but the feeling of being one family and the musical vision always stayed the same.

What can we expect from the Woodstock stage this year?

Last year artists like Jan Blomqvist & Band, Satori, Stavroz, Arp Frique and many more were the ones to headline the unique and colorful stage at Extrema Outdoor for the first time. For the 10th anniversary, you can expect long live and DJ sets and the same atmosphere that makes Woodstock so special. The resident DJs, who go from afrobeat to melodic techno and back to disco, will be there to get the crowd all warmed up for the finest national and international acts. 

Feet in the sand, drink in your hand and sunglasses on – that’s what this stage is about. 

Interview Bruce Willes • Woodstock’s resident