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Why Amsterdam should be on every live music lover’s bucket list in 2017

20th December 2016
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Ever considered Amsterdam as a destination for live music? Well, now is the time – because early 2017 looks set to offer up some amazing sets in great locations.

The incredible Gallow Street get the crowd jumping at ClinkNOORD hostel in Amsterdam’s Northern district.  

Take the legendary Paradiso – a former church, turned 1960s hippie squat and centre of Dutch counterculture, later transformed into a live music venue.

Elsewhere, the 5,500 capacity (and that’s just in its main room) Heineken Music Hall pulls in huge names on an almost nightly basis.

And for something more low-key, Bimhuis – a veteran of the Amsterdam music scene - is the place to head for jazz.

So, if you’re considering a weekend away to fulfill your live music needs, here are a few of the gigs that you definitely shouldn’t miss once the festive season is out of the way.

Clink Hostels is offering 15% off stays in January and February using the code FRESHSTART2017


Westergasfabriek Live – Westergasfabriek, every Wednesday

Every Wednesday you can catch free live music at Westergasfabriek, a local favourite in Amsterdam West.

Up-and-coming artists share the bill with more seasoned performers, making it the perfect place to discover new music – from pop to salsa to jazz to rock.


Young Gun Silver Fox – Bitterzoet, 18th and 19th January

Their stomping ground is modern-day London, but Young Gun Silver Fox sound like they're straight out of 70s California.

Andy Platts and Shawn Lee blend perfect melodic pop with a soulful and funky vibe that'll transport you straight down to Venice Beach of yesteryear. Blissful.


José González with The Gothenburg String Theory – Melkweg, 20th January

Argentinean singer/guitarist José González collaborates with The String Theory on this much-anticipated show at Melkweg. The progressive sound of The String Theory elevates González' warm voice and soothing brand of folk to a whole new level.


Dropkick Murphys - Heineken Music Hall - 25th January

Dropkick Murphys hark way back to the mid-90s, when their riotous mix of Irish folk, hardcore and punk hit the mainstream. They're still pulling in the crowds. Get involved, even if it’s only for a slice of punk nostalgia.


BRUUT! –Bimhuis, 3rd February

BRUUT! Is jazz, but not as you know it. In their sound they reference “the surrealism of Tarantino films, second-hand records and old Westerns … the vibe of lava lamps … and photoshopped boogaloo.” It all sounds totally mad – and it is.  


The Wonder Stuff –Tolhuistuin, 17th February

Midlands indie-legends The Wonder Stuff have always known how to put on a show. This lot have started in the 80s but still have the energy (and the big tunes) for younger indie fans.


The Weeknd – Ziggo Dome, 24th February

Canadian born Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd, (not to be confused with indie-pop band ‘The Weekend’, built an audience after uploading songs to YouTube.

He's since become one of the hottest acts in the world of R&B with fully justified critical acclaim.


And where should you rest your head afterwards...?

ClinkNOORD is a relaxed hostel in the Northern part of Amsterdam - a cool and up and coming area. You can read about Amsterdam Noord here.

It runs a Stay & Play programme, where bands or musicians can stay at the hostel in exchange for playing a gig at their in-house bar. They're currently offering 15% off stays in January and February, using the code FRESHSTART2017.

Clink Hostels is also giving away an Amsterdam city break for two including flights and accommodation. Stay in a private room at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam’s cool and creative Noord district and go make the most of this exciting city! Enter here.

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