Night of the Koemarkt: Glasblazers.
Maybe the Night of the Koemarkt is the highlight of the city of Heerenveen. At least the Night of the Koemarkt is a two-day annual movie and music festival that takes place in the summertime (last weekend of june) in the city center of Heerenveen. The organization of this great events is taken in the hands of party band ‘De Glasblazers’. This band consists of 18 semi professional brass players, and was founded in 1986 in Heerenveen. In all these years, the Glasblazers have set their own typical sound and music style. And that’s what they like to let you feel during those special moments when there’s something to celebrate.
For the first time in its history, The Night of the Koemarkt event of 2013, was an event for two days (instead of one day). At Friday night the movie “Tribute to Live Aid” was projected on the largest inflatable screen of Europe. It truly added a very nice vibe to the event and I guess they will do the same for the coming 2014 edition. We will see.
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Night of the Koemarkt: Events during the day.
The Saturday of the Night of the Koemarkt always has a regular feature, namely that right in the city center the so called “Dweilorkestfestival” is organized. This means that marching bands from all over the world compete with each other. The bands will march from the Koemarkt, via the main street De Dracht to the Gemeenteplein (central square). We definitely like the atmosphere the marching bands do create, just wobble to the sound and melody of the music. Just singing and screaming along with the famous songs, It is just great! After this competition the marching bands will end this part of the festival once again on the square the Koemarkt.
This immediately will inaugurate the main party of the festival Night of the Koemarkt. Usually the crowd will now get their way into a nice restaurant (or maybe return home) for a good meal and then return to the square to continue the party for the evening and, of course, the night.
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Night of the Koemarkt: One huge party.
Once the evening starts and everybody has had their diner the square de Koemarkt will fill itself with the crowd. All over the square you will find a stage where an artist will perform. Right behind the famous and beautiful building Crackstate the main stage is situated. Here national well known artist do perform, making it the largest music event of the province of Friesland that you can enter for free. In 2013 just about 7000 people visited this festival, quite a crowd.
We enjoyed our cold beer, the vibe of the crowd and of course the musician on the stage. We were dancing, singing along and having much fun with our friends. Artists who have performed here were for example Guus Meeuwis, Glennis Grace, Do, Danny de Munck and Willeke Alberti. We were pleased to have a party with the I Love Holland Band, well known of the national TV. The overall festival experience is fleshed out with a nice DJ, blasting us truly away. And just to let you know … the Night of the Koemarkt in 2014 will take place at the 27th and the 28th of June. We will be there!
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Bars and Clubs
Heerenveen has a few clubs and pubs, but with not strict age restrictions, you will see kids as young as 13 there! All are packed and lots of fun though, and there is apparently an over 21s club, Cuba Libre, to eliminate all the teens.
A few late night patat frites and kroket stores and vending machines for the Dutch equivalent of a late night kebab!
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