Nicky Romero tweeted yesterday: August is the Sunday of summer! And he is right! 9 music festivals in Amsterdam this weekend to proof this. I attended 1 of 9 yesterday: Appelsap. For the non-Dutch, this would translate in to Appel Juice. Kind of a strange name for a festival, especially because no apple is juice served, if you know what I mean…
Appelsap Fresh Music Festival, as is it officially called, is a more urban festival that focusses on contemporary Hiphop, Soul, Riddim and Bass music. So no techno but more the “shake what you mama gave you” moves. Since starting out as a free blockjam back in 2000 the festival grew into a renowned festival amongst Hiphop lovers in The Netherlands. This year promoted by Katja Schuurman. The festival, hosted in the Oosterpark, was spread over 3 stages, a skate park, food-court and a small DJ stage. Besides music, beers and burgers the organisation teamed up with one of my favourite street fashion brands, Freshcotton, and designed a great festival collection.
We highlighted the line-up with a few must sees and basically started our day with a great performance of MC Fit, followed by an absolute great gig of Great Minds – my favourite of the day. Danced to the beats of UK DJ Benji-B. Went for a quick slice of pizza and hurried to be in front of the stage for the legendary Opposites. I went to their concert in Paradiso earlier this year and knew that we would be in for a treat. The guys really know how to get the party started and make the crowd – yes…boys and girls – go wild! All the dancing called for a little rest and more food, so back to the court it was. We had some more pizza slices before we went to see our evening program; Hydroboyz, Adje, FS Green, Waka Flocka Flame and closing act Flexican & Sef.
Of course, it was still early when the festival ended so we went for a night out down town. The festival itself was a great day of summer fun. Great hipster people, pretty boys, foxy ladies and fun company in the form of my posse.