The Dutch have always been a huge driving force within the dance music scene, with many of the worlds most loved artists originating from the Netherlands. This point is certainly proven by The Flying Dutch, who each year invite some of the finest Dutch DJs in electronic music to come and perform in three of the Netherlands’ cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven.
The Flying Dutch is a unique concept, each performing artist takes to the stage three times during the day, once in each city. Between performances, the artists are flown by helicopter to the next city, in time to perform their next set. Due to this, the festival plays host to some of the worlds biggest DJs from very early in the day, pulling in a full crowd as soon as doors open.
Last weekend, we head over to The Flying Dutch Amsterdam to watch the action unfold. Sam Void kicks off proceedings with a vibrant start, followed by superstar Dash Berlin. Next up, Oliver Heldens takes to the stage met by cheers, delivering a set both filled with his classic hits as well as some surprises. During one magnificent moment, Oliver Heldens surprises fans with Axwell & Dirty South‘s remix of The Temper Trap‘s iconic ‘Sweet Disposition‘, sending the crowd into pure euphoria.
Afrojack bursts onto the stage with an immense power, sending the crowd into mayhem with an instant surge of energy. Dropping hit after hit, the Dutch megastar continually proves why he is one of the most in-demand DJs of our time. Lucas & Steve turn in a new direction, enticing the crowd with a host of the finest records in future house, with infectious melodies gripping the audience.
Infamous duo Showtek explode onto the stage, instantly creating carnage with bass heavy anthems, each more powerful than the last, as the crowd chants along to the iconic melodies of their hit releases. The tension in the crowd mounts as each attendee anticipates the arrival of one of the most successful DJs dance music has ever seen, Hardwell. He takes to the stage and is met by roars, before he unleashes a fierce set, filled with some of his most loved releases.
Unstoppable trio Kriss Kross Amsterdam give the crowd an energetic set infused with a number of different genres, bringing the energy up to the next level, before Chuckie & Quintino take to the stage for ‘The Flying Dutch Time Machine‘. The unique performance takes the audience on a tour of dance music through the ages, featuring some of the most popular hits of all time both old and new.
Future house superstar Don Diablo is next up, providing a breathtaking performance, controlling the crowd with intoxicating anthems, as they sing along to each of his hits. A short interval takes place, featuring an impressive display of fireworks, CO2 and confetti to warm up the crowd in time for headliner Nicky Romero, who is met by cheers as he strides onto the stage. An emotional performance right from the start, the crowd are treated to melodic anthems alongside an impressive firework display, a monumental end to a truly epic day.