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The Flying Dutchmen (& Women) – Netherlands report

Thriving international touring business, a blossoming domestic music scene and years of investment are beginning to pay off.

By IQ on 17 Dec 2015

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Where big festivals, big shows and new talent are concerned, these are high times in the lowlands.

From Golden Earring, Shocking Blue and Herman Brood through the electronic years of Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Hardwell and Afrojack – all five of whom, incidentally, were commemorated on Dutch postage stamps last year – the Netherlands has never ceased to produce music of international significance, even if some years have been better than others. These years, as it happens, are pretty good ones, and the key front is the live one.

“We have been working on it for more than a decade now, so we have a momentum, and the artists are pushing each other to a higher level.”

“It is a good time, yes,” says Ruud Berends of national music export agency Dutch Impact. “We are quite happy with how everything is going. We have a lot of talent in Holland that is breaking. There are lot of acts going out, playing the showcase festivals, touring in other countries. We have been working on it for more than a decade now, so we have a momentum, and the artists are pushing each other to a higher level.”

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