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In celebration of its 50th birthday, the venue has created Paradiso Archief, featuring highlights of its journey from hippie mecca to Amsterdam institution
By IQ on 10 Apr 2018
To celebrate 50 years in business, Paradiso has created an archive of show dates, posters, photos and more from the last six decades at the legendary Amsterdam venue.
Paradiso Archief details the history of the 1,500-cap. venue from its first shows in 1968 – when it was known as the Cosmisch Ontspanningscentrum (Cosmic Relaxation Centre) – featuring psychedelic luminaries such as Pink Floyd, the Pretty Things, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Traffic and Group 1850, through to the present day, by the way of James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, Lady Gaga and Arctic Monkeys.
“Paradiso first opened its doors on 30 March 1968,” according to the venue. “The ‘Cosmic Leisure Centre’ of the hippies grew into a professional concert hall with several shows per day and at various locations in Amsterdam.
Along with other former hippie haunt Melkweg, Paradiso is one of the Dutch capital’s most famous venues
“Stroll through the entire Paradiso archive, which is added to every day, find that memorable show and refresh your memory!”
Along with other former hippie haunt Melkweg, Paradiso – housed in a former church on the Weteringschans – is one of the Dutch capital’s most famous mid-sized venues and cultural centres. Upcoming shows include the Fratellis, the New Power Generation, George Ezra, Marlon Williams , Yo La Tengo and Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor.
It celebrated its fiftieth birthday (dubbed #Paradi50) on the weekend of 31 March with two days of music, a book launch and the opening of an exhibition in Amsterdam Museum.
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