For the fifth edition STRAF_WERK Festival makes its re-entry at the robust and free spirited scene of Blijburg Aan Zee on the 19th of August. After last summer’s successful edition, the organisation releases its biggest line-up so far and combines international artists with local talents. Sun, sand and sea define and characterize the location, making it the ultimate place for summer vibes. Furthermore, the festival offers six podia where artists represent their own vision of house. A big scoop is the first Dutch stage hosting of Knee Deep in Sound on one of the podia.
The festival celebrates its fifth jubilee grotesquely and has booked one of the most influential artists of this century: me. Kristian Beyer, half of the dj/live duo, performs a DJ set. The co-founder of Innervisions is known for his mesmerizing sets, unique record selection and tight mixing. Another unique experience for the visitor is multi-talented artist Maya Jane Coles. On the 19th of August she performs her exclusive summer show and hypnotises the crowd with her enigmatic and mysterious set. Hot Since 82 is a headliner-icon of STRAF_WERK and hosts his very own stage with Knee Deep in Sound. The organisation broadens their musical spectrum with artists such as Adriatique, DJ Tennis, Jennifer Cardini and Weval. The in-depth sound is best defined by: “a mix of mesmerizing techno with Indie-influences”. Also new are the more prominent timeslots for Dutch artists at the podia, who are given the chance to compete with the international top.
The Swiss duo Adriatique, bound to Diynamic, is representative of this wider spectrum. The artists are known for their balanced out sets where the storyline forms the narrative. Another icon is Todd Terje, who scored an international hit with his track ‘Inspector Norse’ and plays exclusively at STRAF_WERK Festival this season. The last act which gives limited acte de présence this summer is Tom Trago b2b Benny Rodrigues. The Rush Hour artist (Tom Trago) teams up one time only with one of Netherlands most wanted DJ (Benny Rodrigues) for a unique back2back set at STRAF_WERK Festival.
Scoop: first Dutch festival hosting for Knee Deep in Sound
For the first time Hot Since 82 hosts a stage at a Dutch festival with his label Knee Deep in Sound and STRAF_WERK is the proud partner of this collaboration. Besides a busy release schedule, the label hosted a full summer residency of a weekly night in Pacha, Ibiza. In addition, the label is known for its club nights in London, New York, Miami and Amsterdam. Last ADE the collaboration turned out to be an overwhelming success, which will be repeated on the 19th of august at Blijburg Aan Zee.
The most beautiful beach of Amsterdam: Blijburg Aan Zee
The major success of last edition clearly indicated that the location carries out the summer vibes of STRAF_WERK Festival at its finest. This piece of nature, surrounded by natural water and wide extensive sands, is located in the East of Amsterdam. The artistic and surrealistic vibe of the city beach is perfectly suitable for a festival where everybody freely enjoys quality house. Without a doubt, Blijburg Aan Zee is one of Amsterdam’s hidden pearls and STRAF_WERK is honoured to decorate this place to higher atmospheres.
Sixth stage: Casa Bacardi x Mrs. Mokum at STRAF_WERK Festival 2017
Each of the five stages expresses its own vision of house: deephouse, techhouse but also UK-rooted genres characterise the energized STRAF_WERK sound. In association with Casa Bacardi, Mrs. Mokum hosts a sixth stage. The program of this stage will be released soon.
Tickets for STRAF_WERK Festival are available at the website.
Date: 19th of August 2017
Location: Blijburg Aan Zee, Amsterdam
Time: 12:00 – 23:00