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.
Appelsap supposedly is my last festival of this season, but as summer seems to be persisting I might visit another party soon…So suggestions are welcome. Check out some of my pictures below.