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It was first held in 1981 and was attended by 35,000 visitors. Today up to 350,000 people visit the festival every year. Parkpop held the title for the largest free pop festival in Europe for a long time. However, other festivals also claim this title. Przystanek Woodstock in Poland and Austria's Donauinselfest now claim to be the second biggest music festival in Europe, second only to Radio 1's Big Weekend in the United Kingdom.
The 31st edition of Parkpop was held on Sunday 26 June 2011.
The 30th edition of Parkpop, was held 27 June and featured Alphabeat, Nick Lowe, Nena, Danko Jones, Juliette Lewis and Alpha Blondy. As local authorities forbade rapper Snoop Dogg from performing - it would require extra security measures because of gang rivalry - and first replacement Beenie Man was cancelled by Parkpop because of his gay-unfriendly reputation, Alpha Blondy performing as the closing act. Edition 2010 was a huge success, with 250.000 visitors.
The 29th edition of Parkpop was held Sunday 28 June and featured: Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Boris, Skatalites, The Pretenders, Milow, Sabrina Starke, Dio & Sef, Maikal X, Guus Meeuwis, Buzzcocks, Dana Fuchs Band, Habib Koite & Bamada and Magic System a.o. Good weather and about 275.000 visitors.
The 28th edition of Parkpop took place on Sunday 29 June 2008 and featured Kula Shaker, Jason Mraz, Monte Montgomery, Orishas, Moke, Mala Vita, Kleine Jay and was headlined by Sheryl Crow. Visitors 250.000.
With heavy rain that year the number of visitors was 175,000.
Line-up of this edition 23: 16 Down, A Day's Work, An Pierle & White Velvet Luka Bloom Blues Brother Castro, Brainpower, Corey, De La Soul, Kathleen Edwards, Fools Fatal, Kouwe Makkers, Morgan Heritage, Ozomatli, Rapid Notion, Silverlake, Ska-p, VanKatoen, Wowbeggar, Krezip, Youssou N'Dour
The 22nd edition of Parkpop on 30 June 2002 featured Bintangs, The Dandy Warhols, Enrico Riva, Hans Vandenburg, Kareem Raihani, Kirsten, Levellers, Mimezine, Ozark Henry, Suzanne Vega and was headlined by three popular Dutch bands Kane, Di-rect and Within Temptation.
The 21st edition of Parkpop featured Venice among others.
- "Radio 1 Big Weekend Line Up 2014". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 28 April 2014.