#01 | July 30 / August 2 | Dekmantel Festival | Tickets | TBA, Amsterdam |

Dekmantel needs little introduction anymore in 2015. The distinctive high-quality production of one of Holland’s biggest underground festivals started to skyrocket last year after their high placement in RA’s international festival top 10. This led to a huge chunk of the tickets being sold outside of the Netherlands and thereby solidifying Dekmantel’s international aspirations. This year will see another mouthwatering program, ranging from Dekmantel’s recurring favourites like Robert Hood, Marcel Dettmann and Jeff Mills to promising local and international artists.

Pièce de résistance this year is without a doubt the appearance of funk don Roy Ayers. Also, this year the festival will be expanded with an extra opening night in Muziekgebouw Aan ‘t IJ, where you can get into the right spirit, Dekmantel-style, with electronic concerts by Autechre (live) and Manuel Göttsching. If last year was a precursor for 2015, we can only assume that from July 30th to August 2nd Amsterdam will again be the Mecca for lovers of quality dance music.


We’re aware of the fact that there are more events that deserve a spot in this list, but don’t really fit into this list. That’s why we will return with a top 10 focused more on promising newcomers and smaller scale festivals that deserve attention just as much.