Hear Some ‘Strange Sounds From Beyond’ in Two Weeks


Another great festival in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam always seems to host great festivals. The space offered by the post-industrial north around NDSM coupled with some discerning curatorial eyes – and relatively cheap tickets – means there are loads of musical reasons for a weekend away.


The latest one we’ve come across is Strange Sounds From Beyond which, as its name suggests, is dedicated to leftfield and progressive sounds. Expect the ever worldly Gilles Peterson playing records; Ghanian highlife sensation Ata Tak giving the party his indelible bounce; the archivist and cassette tape nerd who re-issued Ata Tak’s music, Awesome Tapes from Africa; the Blade Runner-scoring synthesizer-impressario Vangelis; and many more.

It’s all happening in and around the Noorderlicht Café, a vast greenhouse structure that sits in the NDSM docks north of Amsterdam Centraal. There are still final release tickets available for €32.50, and if you’re travelling in a gang of four you can get €5 off each ticket. 

To get to the festival from Generator Amsterdam, take the 54 bus to Amsterdam Centraal station then get the ferry over to NDSM.