Guide to attend Amsterdam Music Festival

Guide on how to attend Amsterdam Music Festival, home of the number 1 crowning with DJ MAG and one of the most important festivals in the world.

For many, many years, I debated with countless people "This dj is the best in the world" o "That dj is above this one". Obviously, you swept home and your favorite should be the first yes or yes. What if there were officially a ranking in which your vote counted so that your favorite dj was as high as possible? Well yes, it exists, it is called Top 100 DJ Magazine and is celebrated in the amsterdam music festival.

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Top100 DJs 2020

I spoke to you previously in other guides of the Miami Music Week and the EDCWeek. Two weeks in which both Miami and Las Vegas, dawn, dusk and dusk with electronic music. In Europe, rather in Amsterdam, we have the Amsterdam Dance Event, in which its biggest event is the Amsterdam MusicFestival.

Those debates I was talking about raised in me the curiosity of what it would be like to live that ceremony live. As a good football fan, it was a plus to attend such an event at the Amsterdam ArenA (now called Johan Cruijff ArenA), so do not hesitate at any time and we start planning.

From Amsterdam ArenA to Amsterdam Music Festival. A small timelapse of how this festival is builtal.

Being relatively "close" to Spain, flights, unless you book at the last minute, will not exceed € 150 and the duration of the flight will be between 2 or 2 and a half hours. Through Transavia, Flying and Iberia you will find the best prices.

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Image that StayOkay offers us of what a shared room looks like.

Regarding accommodation, you have several options:

- Stay at any hotel near the airport. One of the cheapest options. What is its disadvantage? You will have to get a 3-day pass (or several, depending on how long you stay) for 26 euros to be able to use public transport.
- Rest in a central place in the city. Our recommendation is Stayokey Amsterdam Vondelpark, located next to the Vondelpark itself. In it, you can find shared rooms for 4 to +10 people, at a price that would not exceed 120 euros a weekend.
- Book through the AMF website. You will find everything from hostels to luxury hotels. As a novelty, this year the Camping Vliegenbos. The festival itself also offers shuttles to the festival in case you are far from the stadium.

When buying tickets, you usually dial Sold Out with 1 or 2 weeks to go before the event. Even in the absence of days. Of course, the difference between the first batch and the last is usually double, so we recommend buying them as soon as the event leaves. If you have attended the previous year, AMF will notify you by email to buy them before they go out. In case of not having attended and you are pre-registered, you will be able to access the advance sale, where, if all the Ambassador, You can buy the cheapest run that only those who attended the previous year had access.

In recent years there was a novelty, let's call it upgrade: Party Pit. An exclusive area behind the djs that allowed you to see it from the opposite perspective to what you are normally used to. In our opinion, it is worth every last euro, since you will be able to have your favorite DJs at practically 2 or 3 meters, and with a bit of luck, you will be able to interact with them.

What your eyes see from the Party Pit. Without a doubt, a different experience.

Tickets already purchased, accommodation reserved and with the flight confirmation already in your email, you must decide whether to attend the AMF alone, or spend the ADE week. Let's talk about ADE first. It is the most important week for electronic music in Europe. You can find events organized by a label or for a artist in different parts of the city, which will also be marked with the event sign. Many of those places are Melkweg, Amsterdam Arena, AFAS Live and RAI Amsterdam. Also within the musical field, although outside the dance floors, you can find master classes by djs, conferences and even technological demos.

Through this link You can find all the events that will take place between Wednesday and Sunday. Due to availability problems, this year we were only able to attend the AMF, but in 2017, we attended from Thursday to Sunday.
Events as such, we witness the Mesto's Around in which Jay Hardway, Brooks, Justin Mylo, The Him and Mesto himself They put the good vibes on a drifting boat. Hours later, we spliced ​​with him A State of Trance on AFAS Live. And here I make a break. The A State of Trance event is BRUTALLY and I highlight it with capital letters. The body asks you to stop dancing, and just listen. It's what trance music has. Very nice to attend!

Eve of the MFA, the day before we attended one of the 2 events of Martin Garrix en RAI Amsterdam. The difference between the two is that the one held in Friday is +18 and the one held in Saturday is for all ages at a more affordable schedule. An event, in which what is most surprising is to see the DJs who complete the line-up by playing in the middle of the room. A way to bring the dj closer to the public and to create a greater atmosphere.

And now yes, the main part of this guide: the amsterdam music festival. In case you are far from the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the tram or the bus will be your solution. Another option would be to use the shuttles that the festival itself offers on its website. We recommend entering the stadium shortly before the start of the event, since the queues are endless already early in the morning. Once in the venue, you will pass perhaps one of the most exhaustive controls that will be done, so You must read before entering what is and is not allowed within the festival.

Turn of the 2 most important events in the AMF, the ceremony of number 1 and two is one. What does each one consist of? The ceremony of the number 1 is based (or should) on the counting of the votes received by the DJ Mag of all fans of electronics and Two is One is the exclusive performance in which 2 legends of the electronic scene who have never shared a table will get together to make us enjoy a unique moment. In 2017 they were Hardwell and Armin van Buuren. 2018 was the turn of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike with David Guetta. In 2019, Timmy Trumpet and W&W. Finally, in his 2020 livestream Afrojack and Nicky Romero they were the chosen ones, in addition to being the next Two is One face-to-face.

Our assessment of this festival? Undoubtedly, one of the best quality-price festivals that you can find in Europe. A Two is One that gives it more exclusivity, a poster above the price to pay and an enclosure classified as the largest in Europe in the «indoor» category. Also, years ago, an agreement was announced between ALDA Events (company that carries the AMF and ASOT among others) and Insomniac, which founded Pasquale Rotella, whom you will already know to manage the Electric Daisy Carnival. You do not miss the hype!




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One summer of 2014 I wondered what an electronic music festival would be like and 5 years later, I wonder what would become of me without such a festival regularly..

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