Buiten Westen; out of the ordinary
Author: Safia Hamidat
Only in its second year, excitement is gaining momentum for next week’s Buiten Westen festival, in Amsterdam’s Westerpark. Three elements that go hand in hand with this event include a ‘wide array’ of quality electronic music, artisanal cuisine and various cultural and creative initiatives. These aspects have contributed greatly to turning co-hosts, Next Monday’s Hangover, Pleinvrees and AIR’s vision, into reality.
Six local music collectives; Rekorder, BlackOut, PaardenKracht, VBX, NMH and Pleinvrees will each host a stage, represented by DJs who embody their take on contemporary electronic music.
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An example of such is BlackOut, a young House oriented initiative that was created by Dekmantel’s Casper Tielrooij, Michael Jacques and Thomas Martojo. Influenced by the likes of Kerri Chandler, Theo Parrish and Moodymann, these guys aspired to promote their perception of quality music and held small, intimate parties amongst friends and those with similar music tastes. Classic American house and modern, versatile styles from places like Berlin and Ibiza best define their music programme. This year’s BlackOut stage will be represented by home-grown talent Bob Nagel, Michael Jacques and William Kouam Djoko, forward thinking Canadian trio Cobblestone Jazz (live) and respected producers Danny Daze and Huxley. Both Tielrooij and Martojo will close the night with a two-hour set.
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The organizer’s aim was to set themselves apart from other ‘dance’ festivals by enhancing the visitor’s experience with art, visual media, fashion, literature, (sustainable) food and non-profit initiatives. The ‘Dutch Weed Burger’ (not to be confused with the organic hemp variant) is trying to influence people’s eating habits and at the same time, raise awareness about the importance for a sustainable earth. The plant based super burger that consists of soya and algae topped with vegan mayo, umami-wakame salsa and fresh salad is a great alternative festival snack.
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Another ‘conscious’ project that complements the festivals terrain and decor is Peter & Bill’s Livebuild. The duo has travelled all across Europe, building fantastical festival stages and props out of discarded and used materials.
With all this in mind, it is of no surprise that the festival is now sold out…