On The Netherlands’ national holiday ‘Kingsday’, Amsterdam is the place to be for a lot of Dutchies. The boatparade through the canals in the city centre, various small-scale and larger, commercial events in the heart of the city make it a lively happening, which is visited yearly by hords of intoxicated day trippers from all across the country. For those living here that want to avoid  this madness there have been some cool alternatives over the last years. This year, however, you don’t need to travel to the edge of the city to escape the masses, because 18-hour long ‘The Union Festival’ is at a stone’s throw distance from the center, and promises one of the hottest line-ups during Kingsday.

Kingsday is a collaboration between three renowned Amsterdam organizations that now how to throw a party: Straf_Werk, Bla Bla Music and The CORE. Straf_Werk is widely known for its succesful events and festivals under their own name (and co-organizers of the upcoming DGTL festival), with a booking history of celebrated international acts such as Amine Edge & Dance and Noir next to an eye for settled and upcoming local DJs. Bla Bla Music on the other hand is also an Amsterdam-based record label which has released music for Daniel Sanchez, Dhaze, John Stoongaard and David Labeij. Combined with their work as a label they are also behind the returning ‘Rotzooii‘ parties, that edge towards techno and tech-house music. The third member of the Union is the CORE, an organiztion known for its killer techno-minded parties.

The Union will be an actual  city festival, located in Westerpark at popular venue Westerunie. Doors will open at 12 o’clock at noon and will have stages outside as well as inside, so that people can still enjoy the sun during the day. But of course the music is the key factor here, because these guys have arranged a well-selected line-up ranging from house, deep- and tech-house to techno. One of the most prominent artists is Norther-Irish Ejeca who is known for his contagious cocktail of garage and deep melodies. German hero Tapesh and British globetrotter Darius Syrrosian will be sweeping the dance floors with their driving deep house beats. OFF Recordings’ Robosonic and Culprit‘s Droog are also performances to look forward to. Or what about German duo Luna City Express? The makers of sexy, vocal-driven grooves with plenty of funk are another must-see. Just as Amsterdam bros Homework, now starting to become more and more internationally celebrated, who will surely be throwing one of their eclectic sets, ranging from deep house to techno, all the way back to some sweet disco tunes.

Deep House Amsterdam’s very own Prunk and Kevin Duane will also be representing with some ice cold records. With Prunk behind the decks you can expect energetic deep house with grooving melodies, with more and more of his own tracks coming through the mix, while Kevin Duane will let you get loose to some darker, futuristic sounds. Slapfunk Records is also in the house with their main protagonist Samuel Deep, one of Holland’s frontrunners of the bass-heavy UK sound. With a collection of artists like these, De Sluwe Vos had to inevitably be included. This time b2b with partner in crime MvdL as their new collaborative Raw Equipment. Expect high-octaned, in-your-face house that will make you sweat withing 5 minutes.

By now you get the idea: the Union will be a proper celebration of our monarchy, with a line-up that makes you grab a pen and paper and make a schedule for yourself so you don’t miss out on any of the artists that are playing all through the day and night. So ignore the masses on Kingsday next week, and be part of the Union.

Straf_WerkBla Bla MusicThe CORE

Ejeca | Darius Syrrosian | Robosonic | Daniel Stefanik | Tapesh | Droog | Luna City Express |  Homework | Prunk | Samuel Deep | Raw Equipment | Daniel Sanchez | David Labeij | Kevin Duane | Livio & Roby | Bram Fidder | AFFKT | Pascal Benjamin | Ariel Rodz | ONNO |

April 26 | The UNION | Tickets | Westerunie |