DGTL festival Amsterdam, probably the reason why Easter Monday is a holiday.
Also in 2016, the Easter bunny will drop its best eggs at the NDSM Docklands in Amsterdam. An impressive line-up of 70 artists has been released now, promising us a mind-blowing festival season kick-off. The list covers a good balance between well-established underground artists and promising upcoming talent. With headliners such as Adriatique, Maceo Plex, &Me, DJ Tennis, Mano le Tough, Maya Jane Coles, Tale Of Us and Seth Troxler, and life acts such as Recondite, Âme, Love over Entropy, Worakls, KiNK and N’to, DGTL festival doesn’t need a lot more introduction. Although, there is a lot more to say …
Firstly, DGTL REVOLUTION focuses on sustainability. DGTL makes it a priority to create the festival as sustainable as possible by interacting more consciously on scarce resources. Efforts are put into reducing output of carbon dioxide, energy use, waste and transport use, without losing the progressive identity of DGTL. They surprise visitors with innovative projects that enhance their awareness, in a fun way. Examples include urban farming, plastic fishing, a trash army, and WasteBoards, which are skateboards produced from the plastic bottle caps collected during DGTL events. Maybe you are the lucky devil that wins a signed WasteBoard.
Secondly, DGTL ART pays attention to the look and feel, decoration and stage designs. The unique setting, NDSM Docklands port area, already adds the industrial warehouse feel associated with techno and house Mecca’s Berlin and Detroit to the event. An exposition of installation art spread over the festival grounds ensures that not only your ears, but also your eyes will be spoiled during Easter weekend. A fire parade and light installations complete the whole experience.
Thirdly, a mouth-watering collection of food trucks, all serving biologically produced treats only, offers a wide variety of meals and drinks, including vegan and gluten-free options. For sure your taste buds won’t be left out either.
This year’s edition convinced us to never miss a DGTL event in the future. It was probably the coldest Easter weekend we can remember, but all stages were covered or indoors (warehouses and tents) – even the most typical Dutch weather couldn’t spoil the fun. The way the festival is organized, with careful attention to every detail without losing the core business – delivering quality sound – makes DGTL festival remarkable, even within the Amsterdam underground music scene, with electronic music festivals organized every weekend. If you have 11 minutes, watch the official after movie here:
Tickets are available now at dgtl.nl//mydgtl/tickets. There are still early bird tickets available at €85 for the weekender – the opening night on Friday costs €22.5, the after parties on Saturday and Sunday (which were a blast last year, so I would definitely recommend attending at least one of them) cost €15 each. A passe-partout ticket costs €105. Prices go up as soon as early bird tickets are sold out. There are also packages available that include accommodation.
DGTL is easily reached by public transportation: ferries connect the NDSM Docklands with Amsterdam central station and run every half hour.
More info and full lineup at dgtl.nl
text by Noen Midday