We had a great night seeing this fabulous new band and their support act - Ian Archr - an Irish solo singer/guitarist.
We were a bit worried that not many people would turn up but as it was the place was packed and the music was great and everyone had a good time.
Tickets cost 10E - but if you are lucky a nice friend might pay for you :)) I think you need to to buy a monthly pass to get tickets for gigs here. Check the website for more info.
Check out this website for all Amsterdam entertainment listings - it's in English!
Dress Code: Anything
With over 1000 performances of bands and DJ's in two concert halls every year, the Melweg is by far Holland's the most active club.
The programme particularly features the latest rock and dance music, also many prominent bands and DJ's have made their debut here. The dance programs in Melkweg are always exciting and very crowded.
The Melkweg is known for discovering new bands and new musical talents.
Never a dull moment in this place that is well equipped and smoothly running.
But there's more at the Melkweg. The building also has rooms for dance, theatre, movie, photography and other media.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
The Melkweg is a multimedia centre in Amsterdam with live-music, theatre, photography, cinema, special events and parties. This place is where the evening events for Cannabis Cup happen every year. Check out the website and see what funky thing is happening when you are visiting!
Milky Way - I thought the name was cute!
Actually, the club was recommended at the reception of my hostel. It is possibe for tourists to get in, and you don't need to be a member.
The place is quite popular in Amsterdam from what I heard.
Dress Code: The nicer, the better. There is face control at the entrance.
Great place to go out. There is a dance and Pop arena. The dance part mostly plays rap and that type of music, whereas the Pop arena plays music like rock, pop and oldies. Melkweg is a spot where it's nice to look at other people, becasue there is really a variety in the sort of public it attracts.
Dress Code: No code. Just wear whatever you like.
Melkweg, Amsterdam's biggest multi-functional entertainment venue, and offers music, drama, movies, a weekend disco, a bar and restaurant, and even a 'coffee shop'! The programming includes international acts as well as local talent.
the Melkweg, 'Melkweg' means Milky Way in Dutch, used to be a dairy.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
It is Amsterdam's biggest multi-functional entertainment venue.
The Melkweg, (Milky way) is not only very central, it also offers music, drama, movies, a weekend disco, a bar and a restaurant. Although this converted brewery looks huge, inside there are three smaller stages so avid fans can get close to their favourite band. The Melkweg is the main venue for The Amsterdam Roots Festival, an annual world music event in mid-June, with acts from Senegal, Sudan and elsewhere performing until the early hours of the morning. The annual music and writing festival, Crossing Borders is also held here, (one amongst five other local venues involved), and it's worth coming to Amsterdam for this every November.s
Forthcoming events include the Amsterdam Dance Event in mid October.
Amsterdam has two major places for live music. Rock/pop music that is, I don't know much about classical music and even less about jazz.
There's Paradiso and there's De Melkweg. The fact that there was a time when I would travel anywhere for a good concert but was in Melkweg only once (and never in Paradiso) proves that either:
a. These places rarely stage anything interesting;
b. They do stage interesting acts but rarely anything that I can't see anywhere closer to my home;
c. I'm a stupid hippie who should be more interested in contemporary music rather than to wait for Gentle Giant to reform and listening to bands that my parents were supposed to listen to but I'm not and who aren't performing anymore anyway 'cause they're all too old and want to spend their time with their grandchildren.
(how's that for a sentence eh?)
Right. Actually my parents never were hippies and never listened to any music I listen to. They wouldn't know the difference between Frank Zappa and Cat Stevens, let alone that they know who Gentle Giant are/were.
One thing sucks about both places. They demand you to become a 'member' which merely means you don't only pay for your ticket, they'll let you pay an extra fee for 'membership' as well. This does mean you get a discount at further shows that year, but:
a. if you live far away from Amsterdam you won't easily benefit from this;
b. price for admission after the discount is usually as high or still higher as/than at other venues;
c. I'm a stupid hippie and chances at another interesting act that same year are very small.
Dress Code: Most acts probably sell t-shirts, don't they?
De Melkweg. This is a club with different rooms and very different programs. You can find the best danceparties here but also theatre, movies, art and live music.
The variety in entertainment.
Dress Code: Depends on what kind of evening you attend
This famous club offers a wide variety of entertainment. As well as beeing a nightspot with several dancefloors and bars it also hosts concerts and other happenings like theatre performances, screenings and exhibitions.
Check out their website for program. You can also see Melkweg at Livenet.
Dress Code: No special dresscode, crowd mainly between 18 and 30 years old.
Melkweg has several different rooms for music with live bands and dance parties. They also have a cinema showing a variety of films including cult classics. I went to the Melkweg for both a show, The Slackers, and a movie, Repulsion. I had a really good time and would recommend everyone check this place out!
Dress Code: casual
You can have a drink, eat, watch a movie,
see a band live, smoke a... almost everything
that is good in life, you can find there.