When & Where The Amsterdam Roots Music Festival Top of Page occurs within the first 3 weeks of June in Amsterdam; Holland.
Thursday, June 17 - Sugar FactoryMUNDIAL @ ROOTS: AFRICA CALLING
Friday, June 18 - ParadisoSTAFF BENDA BILILI (Congo)DJ MPS PILOT
Saturday, June 19 - MelkwegKASSAV' (Guadeloupe + Martinique)IZALINE CALISTER (Curaçao)ASERE (Cuba)
Sunday, June 20 - OosterparkALLIANTIE ROOTS OPEN AIR
History Up to 90,000 people attend over the week. The African Roots Festival of 1983 was it’s inception. In 1987 the Melkweg organised the festival as Amsterdam was crowned capital of culture and the term "world music" was born.
Where to drink / smoke Well Amsterdam’s bars, nightclubs and cafes need no introduction. Perhaps that is the reason why it is difficult to recommend any specific one ! They are all over the centre of the city – happy hunting.
Previous performers at the at this Festival include The Gipsy Kings, Ska Cubano & Babylon Circus.
Main venues for the Amsterdam Roots International Music Festival are Paradiso, Oosterpark, Concertgebouw, Tropentheater & Melkweg.
The Gay scene Amsterdam is one of the only cities in the world with every scene in it. There are plenty of gay bars in Amsterdam and are not hard to find.