The Bierkade and Groenewegie streets alongside one of the city's few remaining canals have turned themselves into a "Culinary Avenue" as well as offering regular live music. Jazz in de Gracht ("Jazz at the Canal") is held every August to bring dozens of jazz musicians to The Hague.
The Hague – Fact Check

This Dutch capital of music should be on your radar

Photo by Jurjen Drenth

The Hague – Fact Check This Dutch capital of music should be on your radar

The Hague’s roots as a music city can be traced to 1961 and the birth of rock band Golden Earring, whose Radar Love was an international hit.

Kieran Meeke
Kieran Meeke Travel Writer

Golden Earring is still going strong, making them one of the longest-lasting bands in pop music. Singer-songwriter Anouk and rock band Di-rect are among the newer names also making a mark outside The Netherlands.

The Hague can now justifiably claim to be the Dutch music capital, as host of the largest free one-day pop festival in Europe. Parkpop on the last Sunday in June has grown from a small party to an event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and acts such as Robbie Williams or Mory Kante.

Every October, The Hague Pop Week offers ten days of music from 200 bands in 30 venues. The city also hosts Crossing Border in November, which blends books and music, and includes Walk The Line, a showcase for new bands from the alternative music scene. Between March 31st and April 2nd this year, several music venues – including Paard van Troje (Horse of Troy), an iconic concert hall in the city – will be hosting Rewire, which presents itself as "a festival for adventurous music".

In December, State-X New Forms is a two-day festival for “avant-garde rock, cutting edge electronics and nu-art” that attracts a wide range of international musicians. The city’s eccentric electro and techno scene was documented in the film, When I Sold My Soul To The Machine.

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"Every summer, the 'Jazz at the Canal' festival in The Hague is celebrated over a long weekend. This area of the city once had a poor image but has developed, thanks to the local people, into a very attractive part with the name of 'Culinary Avenue'. During the festival, the musicians arrive in canal boats and play for a while before sailing off again to the next venue. I tried to catch the intimate mood, using no flash so as to keep the atmosphere alive." Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

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"Every summer, the 'Jazz at the Canal' festival in The Hague is celebrated over a long weekend. This area of the city once had a poor image but has developed, thanks to the local people, into a very attractive part with the name of 'Culinary Avenue'. During the festival, the musicians arrive in canal boats and play for a while before sailing off again to the next venue. I tried to catch the intimate mood, using no flash so as to keep the atmosphere alive."

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