The Kik

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The Kik at Parkpop 2013

The Kik is a Dutch music group notable for paying homage to 1960s-era Beat music with Dutch lyrics ("Nederbeat"). They released their debut CD in May 2012 and quickly received national attention.


The group was founded in 2010 by Rotterdammer Dave von Raven (formerly of The Madd, a Nederbeat-inspired band with English lyrics), and released two singles in English in 2011 before switching to lyrics in Dutch[1] in which, according to a critic for, they combine camp with sincerity.[2] They released their first album in 2012, Springlevend. A reviewer for de Volkskrant commented on the humorous and upbeat lyrics (mostly about girls), and singled out an adaptation of "Pleasant Valley Sunday", a hit for The Monkees in 1967.[3] A reviewer for De Telegraaf said, "Their enthusiasm is contagious, their authentic-sounding Beatles-beats are fantastic."[4]

The Kik were announced as the house band for the Dutch television show De Wereld Draait Door, for twelve episodes of the 2013 season;[1][5] they performed on the show in May 2012 to promote Springlevend.[6]


  • Dave von Raven - guitar, vocals
  • Marcel Groenewegen - bass
  • Arjan Spies - guitar, vocals
  • Ries Doms - drums
  • Paul Zoontjens - keyboards, backing vocals


  • Springlevend (2012)
  • 2 (2014)
  • Met De Deur in Huis (2015)
  • Armand & The Kik (2015)
  • Wij Zijn Vuilnisman (2016)
  • Stad en Land (2017)
  • Hertaalt! (2017)
  • Boudewijn de Groot's Voor de Overlevenden & Picknick (2019, live)


  1. ^ a b "The Kik nieuwe huisband DWDD". Het Parool. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  2. ^ Oitman, Pierre (30 May 2012). "Rev. of The Kik, Springlevend". Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  3. ^ Kramer, Gijsbert (30 May 2012). "Rev. of The Kik, Springlevend". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  4. ^ Wijlaars, Bart (26 May 2012). "Rev. of The Kik, Springlevend". De Telegraaf. Retrieved 30 May 2012. Het enthousiasme is aanstekelijk, de authentiek lijkende Beatlesbeats zijn fantastisch.
  5. ^ "The Kik nieuwe huisband DWDD". RTV Rijnmond. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Joop Van den Ende en Mart Smeets te gast in De Wereld Draait Door". TV-Visie. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.