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Live Music: Clubs, Venues & Pubs
I saw some great gigs in A'dam. BJORK played at Cultuurpark (take bus N.21 from central station), JOSS STONE played at HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL (next to Arena stadium (take metro with direction "Gein" and stop at Arena). You can find tickets at VVV(Tourist Info) which opposite the central station.
There are many little pubs and clubs that can listen live music and visited some of them to see some jazz/blues/rock small bands.
MALOE MELO (Lijnbaansgracht 163) a great small blues club
MELKWEG (Lijnbaansgracht 234) and PARADISO for bigger events
BIMHUIS(Oude Schans 73-77), BOURBON STREET (Leidsekruisstraat 6) and ALTO JAZZ CAFE (Korte Leidse Dwarsstraat 115) for jazz concerts
At Red Light District for hard rock music (from dj) ROCK PLANET and EXCALIBUR
Live Music: Heineken Music Hall
Since the opening in March 2001 major performers from both the Netherlands and abroad have already played many concerts here. The main hall, known as the Black Box, was specially designed for concerts and is said having the best acoustic from whole Europe.
It has a large foyer and there is plenty of parking possibilities, as in the very near area are 7 parking buildings with space for 9.000 cars.
The Heineken Music Hall is easily accessible by public transport (train, metro, bus), car, motorcycle or bicycle.
Dress Code: There are no special dress requirements.
The Melkweg & Heineken Music Hall: Music rocks in Amsterdam
I love music! So therefore I love concerts. I rarely go to concerts in the UK because I find them pretty tame!
However, I've found concerts in Amsterdam do be absolutely brilliant! The 2 best concerts have been Busta Rhymes in the Heineken Music Hall, and De La Soul in The Melkweg.
The Heineken Music Hall seemed to hold about 3,000 people (you'd need to check for exact numbers). It has 2 Heienken bars in the hall itself, one along each side of the hall. Everybody was dancing and singing! Smoking Cannabis was allowed, and Busta & Spliff star saved a song for them to have one themselves along with a bottle of Courvoisier.
The Melkweg was a lot smaller, it only seemed about 800 people! But De La Soul rocked the show and it was fab! Once again there was a bar at the back of the hall and one down the right hand side. I asked the barman if I could roll a joint, which he answered if I'll share a bit with him, which I did gladly! This concert was absolutely banging!
Dress Code: There arent any special dress requirements, I'd just say dress appropriately for the type of artist you're going to.
Oh, one last thing don't be silly enough to carry anything that could be seen as a weapon because they do search you in the Heineken Music Hall. But they are only looking for weapons, as smoking cannabis is allowed (but this can always depend on the artist - they can ask for no smoking - rarely happens because they usually have a puff onstage themselves)
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