This Is Progressive is very proud to announce we will be media partner for two parties in Alkmaar (held by 3Gram), Holland this year. “Gramdioze Koningsnacht” will be held on Friday 25th April from 6pm and “Gramdioze Koningsdag” will be held on Saturday 26th April from 12 noon at Paardenmarkt.
Further information can be found via the Facebook events below:
Gramdioze Koningsnacht – https://www.facebook.com/events/1532554786970520/?fref=ts
Gramdioze Koningsdag – https://www.facebook.com/events/222474794611717/?fref=ts
Artists at the events will include Tim Schilder, Olivier Weiter, Affkt, Bas Dobbelaer, Rene Engel, Josh Wink and Matthias Tanzmann and all the sets will be available on the This Is Progressive website after the events.
Entry to both parties is completely free!
If you would like to get a taste for what to expect here is what went down last year:
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Now what is King’s Day?
Koningsdag or King’s Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (the 26th if the 27th falls on a Sunday). The date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander.
The holiday was first created on 31 August 1885 as Prinsessedag or Princess’s Day, the fifth birthday anniversary of Princess Wilhelmina, heiress to the Dutch throne. On her accession, the holiday acquired the name, Koninginnedag. When held on 31 August the holiday was the final day of school summer vacation, leading to its popularity among children. Following the accession of Wilhelmina’s daughter Juliana in 1948, the holiday was moved to Queen Juliana’s birthday on 30 April. Her daughter, Beatrix retained the celebration on 30 April after she ascended the throne in 1980, despite her actual birthday occurring on 31 January. Beatrix altered her mother’s custom of receiving a floral parade near a Royal palace, instead choosing to visit different Dutch towns each year and join in the festivities along with her sons.
Koningsdag is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt or free market, as it would be known in English, at which many Dutch sell their secondhand items. It is also an opportunity for “orange madness” or oranjegekte, for the national colour, when the Dutch let down their hair down often dyed orange for the occasion.
Information about the artists playing:
Committed to progress whilst showing a healthy respect for the past is one of AFFKT’s most unique audible features. Above all, AFFKT is synonymous with electronic music, as one of the scenes most active regenerators of contemporary house music; incorporating music from across the musical spectrum to form new amalgamations to create music that he feels, loves and knows. Considering fusion as one of the main aspects of artistic evolution, as he proved in his first hit “Points” on Barraca Music, and stunning the world with his brave innovation, technical sensuality and control of different sound tempos. Taking influence from Jazz, Soul, Latin, Pop and Funk amongst countless other genres.
Affkt considers fusion as one of the main aspects of artistic evolution, and stunning the world with his brave innovation, technical sensuality and control of different sound tempos. Since then he has not stopped producing and remixing for labels such as Get Physical, Bedrock, Noir music, Sincopat, Suara, Rekids, Buzzin fly, Mobilee, Cécille, Vakant, Mothership, Rebirth, OFF, International Freakshow, Perspectiv or Skint and for artists such as tech de Mathias Kaden, Radio Slave, Remute, Spencer Parker, or Noisia to just name a few.
At the same time, in his live and Dj shows, AFFKT displays a free and fascinating scope of influences, references and styles that create an unexpected wave of sound energy on any dance floor.
Affkt recently compiled a mix and completed an interview with This Is Progressive which can be found here – https://decodeduk.wpengine.com/tip108-affkt/
After forming Ovum Recordings as an independent label in October 1994 with former partner King Britt, Josh recorded the cult classic ‘Liquid Summer’. He went on to release singles for a wide variety of revered European labels ranging from Belgium’s R & S Records to England’s XL Recordings. Wink became one of the first DJ-producers to translate his hard work into mainstream success when he unleashed a string of classics including ‘Don’t Laugh’¸ ‘I’m Ready’ and ‘Higher State of Consciousness’ that topped charts worldwide. More recently he has had massive club hits such as ‘How’s Your Evening So Far’ and ‘Superfreak’ but he has also gained a lot of attention through his remixes for FC Kahuna, Paul Oakenfold, Ladytron, Clint Mansell, Sting and Depeche Mode, among others.
As a DJ, since his 1988 ‘rave’ beginnings, Josh Wink extensively traveled the globe since 1995 – playing every festival that counts, through to the smallest and most underground venues around the globe. “The Best DJ experience is being able to create an audio atmosphere where an audience can absorb from me, while I get absorbed from them.” His only residency in the world is held in his hometown of Philadelphia at Fluid.
Taking trends, making trends and breaking trends, Josh Wink’s music (under its many monikers including Wink, Winc, Winks, Winx, The Crusher, E-Culture, and Size 9, Accent, Dinky Dog, J Dawg and The Crusher) has always experimented and influenced. The sound of Josh Wink today remains one of a man unafraid to walk the border between stylistic boundaries.
Matthias Tanzmann started his DJ and production career in the mid nineties in Leipzig, playing regularly at the renowned club ‘Distillery’. These early days saw his first release as ‘Gamat 3000’ (with Daniel Scholz) on Dessous Recordings, which was quickly followed by releases on Freude Am Tanzen, Lo-Fi Stereo and FM Musik.
In 2000 he founded Moon Harbour Recordings, and since then scores of Moon Harbour releases have been playlisted by renowned DJ’s all over the world. The label rapidly became synonymous with quality deep-house and tech-house, and has released many of Matthias Tanzmann’s own records as well as those from the likes of Luna City Express, Marlow, Martinez and Dan Drastic. In 2006 he founded the label Cargo Edition, where you can find regular releases from Michael Melchner, Ekkohaus, Markus Schatz, Sven Tasnadi, Vera and Juno6.
The success of both labels has seen the explosion of Matthias Tanzmann’s DJ career, which now takes him almost continuously around the global club and festival scenes. Another factor in his success has been his residency at the famous party series Circoloco at DC10 in Ibiza since 2007. Playing regularly on both the Balearic Isle and at international Circoloco shows has resulted in 3 consecutive nominations at the Ibiza DJ Awards.
Rene Engel is a name that has risen from the underground to the bigger stages. From illegal warehouse raves to many Festivals, Rene knows how to please the crowd with his unique choice of records. He is inspired by funk, soul and jazz, and these influences find their groovy way into his set which range from deep house to techno. More is to come soon, as Rene is working on an EP for Spanish label Sincopat with Kid Culture with remixes from hero’s like X- Press 2 & AFFKT.
Rene Engel recently compiled a mix and completed an interview with This Is Progressive which can be found here – https://decodeduk.wpengine.com/tip111-rene-engel/
Olivier Weiter’s sets are always hypnotising and sweaty, leaving the urge to lose yourself almost overpowering. Fed by his audience’s energy, he keeps bewitching them with both rolling drum rhythms and melodic dreamy records. Ask any regular visitor of underground house parties in Amsterdam about Weiter and they will testify to this. If they are willing to share their experiences that is..
While deeply rooted in Amsterdam’s obscure underground house scene, Olivier Weiter has grown to become an established name in the broader Dutch nightlife. His uncompromising sets for Cocoon, Time Warp NL, Mystery Land, Cocoon and D-Edge have proven that the Olivier Weiter’s show was made for bigger crowds. He is also a more than welcome guest in Berlin, where he has brought his renowned marathon DJ sessions to clubs such as Kater Holzig and Wilde Renate on multiple occasions.