Music venues in the Netherlands

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Paradiso in Amsterdam

Music venues in the Netherlands are a vivid part of the social cultural environment of the country.

In every big city there are concert halls for popular music, classical music and jazz. The ten biggest dedicated music venues are Ziggo Dome, Heineken Music Hall, Melkweg, Paradiso all in Amsterdam, Paard van Troje in The Hague, Tivoli in Utrecht has two venues: the new TivoliVredenburg and Tivoli De Helling. Patronaat(Haarlem), 013 (Tilburg), Effenaar (Eindhoven) and Doornroosje in Nijmegen. Watt in Rotterdam has shut his doors in 2010.

In every middle sized town of city (approx. 100.000 inhabitants) there's a music venue for popular music genres. In the Netherlands about fifty of these music venues receive funding from the government following the advices of Muziek Centrum Nederland. Other venues are independent or subsidiarised by the cities themselves or are local social centres, community centers and cultural centers with a stage facilitating music performances.

Furthermore, there is a number of multifunctional venues (like Ahoy' in Rotterdam, Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, Doelen in Rotterdam or Oosterpoort in Groningen) which frequently host musical acts. Furthermore, a number of sportstadiums feature on the megaconcert circuit, foremost Amsterdam Arena, De Kuip in Rotterdam and Gelredome in Arnhem.

List of music venues[edit]

Arranged in alphabetical order per city

Concertgebouw at night in 2008
The main entrance of the Melkweg
Dynamo Eindhoven
The Effenaar after the renovation in 2005
Muziekgebouw Frits Philips
Patronaat in Haarlem
De Doelen

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