Our king, Wim Lex, had to do without a proper birthday party for two years. Poor guy! But we're going to make up for that this year! We've put together a massive list of the best parties for King's Night and King's Day!
Kingsnight x Terug naar Toen (Back to Then) @Lichtplein
At Lichtplein (behind De Witte Dame), you can dance to the best hits from the '80s, '90s, and '00s. In other words, your confusing teenage years. This party starts at 19:00 and ends at midnight. Not because everyone turns into a pumpkin, but because the neighbors want to sleep. If you want to keep the party going, you can quickly get to Stratum or the Wilhelminaplein. Or (free advice for the semi-geriatric partygoers among us) you can go to bed at a decent hour and be properly rested for King's Day.
You can also return to the old days at LAB-1 on the Keizersgracht. This event is called Rewind because they rewind back to the '80s and then fast forward to the present. The kings and queens of oldskool hip hop and R&B will keep you on your feet all night long. This party starts at 23:00 and ends at 04:00. You can buy a ticket for € 20. But you have to be quick because it is almost sold out. Did you miss out, or are you strapped for cash? Then go to the Lichtplein on King's Day. Then the dear people of Rewind will do it all over again for free.
Kings Plaza @Paterskerk
The '80s & '90s parties are popular this year. At the Paterskerk on the Vestdijk you can also go back to the good old days. Admission is free, and you can dance here from 19:00 to 01:00!
Verwonderd King's Night @the Effenaar
Is the music of the past not for you, and do you prefer a night out on raw techno? Then the place to be is the Effenaar. On the line-up for Verwonderd are Trym, Shlømo, Theodor Nabuurs and Anxhela. The Effenaar promises that you will meet the nicest people there. And that they have the coolest light- and laser show. We'll let you be the judge of that. Tickets are € 15, and you can party from 19.00 to 04.00.
Royal Dutch @Stadhuisplein
This year's 'fun for everyone' party is at Stadhuisplein. DJs such as Tony JR, Smèrrig, Dansado & de Feestmeester, and Aap uit de Mouw will be playing the best dance tracks all night long. Admission is free, but once the square is full, you're out of luck. Want to make sure you get in? Be there at 19:00! The party ends at 01:00. Can't make it here on King's Night? Then you can try again on King's Day. We tell you all about that further on.
Hard techno. That's all you need to know, right? Okay, a little more info then. Remco Beekwilder, Amotik, None of the Above, and Saint will be playing at Klokgebouw during King-S on King's Night. And if you don't know who they are, let's go back to our opening statement: hard techno. Tickets are € 13.50. But for that price, you can go crazy from 22:00 to 05:00. Craving more? At 17:00 on King's Day they're ready for you again, with an equally impressive line-up. Keep scrolling to learn more!
ROCK-KING King's Night @The Jack
Every night is an excellent night to listen to loud guitars, so why not on King's Night? The Jack at Stratumseind thought so too. Two bands will play here on April 26: Flight 666, a tribute to Iron Maiden, and RAGE AGAINST THE SYSTEM. Guess what band they're paying tribute to. We're impressed by the shameless pun in the name of this party. If the party itself is only half as fun, you're in for a great evening. The first band starts at 20:30. No tickets needed, you can just walk in.
Kings & Queers @Altstad
After two years of doing without, it's high time for a splashing, glittering and shining King's Night party in the Altstadt! Put on a sparkly outfit and dance to the tunes of DJ Lucious Luca, DJ Space!boy!, and DJ Nicole Glitterbol! Admission is free, and the party starts at 21.00. At 04:00, you can roll home satisfied. And who knows, maybe you're ready to go again on King's Day!
Koningsnacht Oranjefeest @Café Wilhelmina
Where better to kick off Willie's birthday party than on the one and only Wilhelminaplein, named after one of our queens? At Café Wilhelmina, you are at the right place for live bands and music you can dance to. At 20:15, Betty Blue sets the tone with vintage rock. At 22:00, it's Mark Foggo's turn with energetic ska. And for dessert, they treat you to funky disco dancing with a DJ.
Koningsfruit @Area 51
For a smaller-scale party where you can dance like (almost) nobody is watching, you have to go to Area 51 at Strijp-S. For the occasion, Hurks Fruit is moving from industrial grounds the Hurk to Strijp-S, but their magical party formula stays the same. On the menu are funky disco tracks that make it impossible to stand still. Tickets are € 23.50. The party is from 20:00 till 02:00.
Funky French Camping Disco @Café Bommel
Café Bommel promises you'll imagine yourself to be in a steamy camping canteen on King's Night with their Funky French Camping Disco featuring the best danceable tracks from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. You can start dancing as early as 20:00, perfect if you want to get a great party and a good night's sleep in! Admission is free.
Kingsday Tnt x Rewind @Lichtplein
We already told you before: Rewind is throwing two parties this year. After King's Night at LAB-1, they will go wild again on King's Day with the hottest hip hop and R&B from the past and present. Where? At Lichtplein, the little square behind De Witte Dame in the city center. It starts at 13:00 and ends at 23:00. An hour earlier than on King's Night, because the neighbors have to go back to the office the next day. Fortunately, there are plenty of places that stay open until much later. Take a look below!
Herrie met Gerrie @Loods 61 (sold out)
Sorry for fobbing you off with this sold-out party: Herrie met Gerrie at Loods 61 on Kleine Berg. Here, people who bought tickets on time can enjoy the best tech house & house classics from 14:00 to 23:00. But not all is lost. Keep an eye on TicketSwap; who knows, maybe someone catches COVID (sorry, not sorry), and you can claim their ticket.
Kroongenoten 2022 @Keizersgracht (sold out)
This year's royal edition of Bontgenoten festival can be found in the heart of the city, at the parking lot on the Keizersgracht. Whatever your taste in music, this is the place to be. They play a mix of R&B, hits, disco, '90's & '00s, classics, house & techno! Kroongenoten starts at 13:00 and goes on until 23:00. Unfortunately, this party is sold out, but keep an eye on TicketSwap!
Royal Dutch @Stadhuisplein
Besides King's Night, Royal Dutch is also throwing a royal party on King's Day. Billy de Kit, Feestnation, Partysquad, Ziggy, and many more will keep you entertained all day and night long. It starts at 12:00, and again: space is limited. So don't be late. At midnight, they will pull the plug, but if you want, you can keep on partying at Stratumseind.
Hard techno at Klokgebouw, part 2. This edition of King-S features Rick Angel, D=p+cer, Klanklab, Strobewaffle, Sinne, and Zodiak. Get ready to dance away the tension built up over the past two years! King-S is from 17:00 to 02:00. Unlike King's Night, you can enter for free on King's Day. And who doesn’t love a free party?
King's Day Oranjefeest @Café Wilhelmina
You are at the right place for a royal party at Café Wilhelmina. Live bands, great dance music, and a friendly atmosphere. At 14:00 Brucified starts, followed by The Glamrocks at 15:45 and Fuelled Up at 17:30. The big finale is Eighty Eight, starting at 20:00 (surely not a coincidence). Admission is free! Up early? You can browse the flea market from 9:00 in the morning.
The Special Forces @Cyklist
Would you prefer a slightly more peaceful King's Day? Then go to the NRE terrein. At Cyklist, The Special Forces will play from 14:00. They are known for their classy jazz pop Latin ballads beats. A mouthful, but also the recipe for a great afternoon's entertainment. Admission is free, so that's a plus as well.
Kings Plaza @Paterskerk
Fond of Dutch music? During King's Day you will find a whole bunch of Dutch folk singers at the Paterskerk on Vestdijk. Get ready to practice your Dutch and sing along at the top of your lungs. Don't want to miss anything? Be there at 13:00! The party ends at 01:00.
Royal Block Party @Dynamo
We can hardly imagine that you haven't found your party yet, but just to be sure, we close with a real winner: the Royal Block Party at Dynamo. After two years of silence, they're going in hard at Dynamo's hip-hop alley this year. Dynamo aims for a place in the top 3 hotspots for the best hip hop beats, trap, funk & soul. Here, you can show your best dance moves between 14:00 and 23:00. Free of charge!
KING KEVN DAY @Kelderman en Van Noort
Feel like a king at KEVN this King's Day. This party has an outdoor bar, expo, live music, and good food. What more could anyone ask for? At noon, Eindje Got Soul kicks the party off. Around 16:00 you can enjoy PLATZAK with their danceable folksy music, and from 17:00, Discos Horizontes plays his worldly records. Admission is free!
Koningsdag Ketelhuisplein @Ketelhuis
Ketelhuis was a little late with the announcements, but that doesn't make their party any less worthwhile! DJ Frankie Castro will be DJ-ing here all day long, ensuring you have the best music for drinking, dancing, and snacking. You are welcome from 12:00. Because it's Wim-Lex's birthday, they have composed a royal cocktail menu. And the pizza oven is up and running all day. In short: here, you will find everything you need.