The Hague, Netherlands is ground zero in Europe for pop music, and there’s no better way to experience the local scene than by attending Parkpop. Its roots date back to 1981 when it started out as an intimate gathering for pop music fanatics, and it’s now blossomed to the biggest pop festival in Europe. Unlike other music festivals that capitalize on visuals and décor, oftentimes too presumptious, there’s nothing like that in Parkpop. That’s because it’s all about the acts and the music. The ambiance is unlike any other; plus, it’s laid-back, and for many seasoned festival goers, that’s incredibly important.
A full day of listening to the best local and international pop acts while laying on the grass with a beer in hand: Parkpop is simple and unassuming, but that’s what makes it so special.
Dozens of the world’s greatest pop acts have graced the stages in the past, and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Previous editions have featured UB40, Snoop Dogg, Juliette Lewis, The Pretenders, Jazon Mraz, Kula Shaker, The Dandy Warhols, and Sheryl Crow. For 2019, you’ll be treated to the likes of Tears For Fears, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Skunk Anansie, and more exciting acts. Parkpop is much more than just a pop music festival; it’s history in the making.
Parkpop takes place at the South Park (Zuiderpark) in The Hague, a community park that has played host to many fun large-scale events. It’s conveniently located in the heart of the city, and close to many popular tourist attractions.
The nights before and after the main Saturday night event will also have other concerts both down town The Hague as well as Zuiderpark.
The Hague is such a scenic bicycle-friendly city that it would be a mistake not to take advantage of the world-class bicycle rentals and facilities to get around. Bicycle rentals are also extremely affordable. The city’s public transportation system is also efficient and convenient: the local train station has an excellent network that can take you to and from the city center and many tourist attractions. Just get yourself an OV-chipkaart which you can load with credits at the railway stations and at many stores and service points throughout the city. Other transportation options include the hop-on hop-off tourist trams, and the night bus. Driving around the city isn’t advisable for tourists since the roads are small and parking can be difficult.
The Hague is filled with small, charming accommodation rentals. The city centre is a great place to stay for first-time visitors; it allows you to be in close proximity to the best cafes, boutiques, and nightlife in The Hague.
Schilderswijk is a cultural hot spot for artists, known for famous painters and the Hague Market. Hofkwartier is a smaller district punctuated by elegant buildings. Other neighborhoods to check out accommodations include Buurtschap, Zeeheldenkwartier, and Archipelbuurt.
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The third biggest city in the Netherlands is a cultural melting pot peppered with art everywhere. Although much of it has gentrified and made way for modernism, the city has retained so much of its historical charm that walking through many of its streets will make you feel as if you’re stepping back in time.
The Hague is best known for its gorgeous parks and mind-bending architecture, so there’s lots to explore on those fronts. When it comes to nightlife, you can opt to go wild into the morning or spend your days with a drink in hand at the beaches in Scheveningen.
Parkpop 2019 Dates
Parkpop happens next on June 28 – 30, 2019.
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