Located at the NDSM Docklands in Amsterdam, DGTL Amsterdam is returning in 2017 with the intention of delivering its biggest and best festival experience to date.
This will the the festival’s 5th outing in the Dutch city, with another edition held in Barcelona and smaller events launched in both cities during festival weekends such as ADE and Open Air Barcelona. Like previous years, DGTL curates a line-up of cutting-edge electronic music, conceptual art performances & installations. All with a strong focus on innovation and sustainability.
There are 100 reasons, however, why you should join 6AM in attending DGTL Amsterdam this coming April 14th, 15th and 16th:
Amsterdam’s NDSM Docklands has been the home of DGTL for 5 years now, and also houses a selection of other top-tier one-day or multi-day electronic events throughout the year. Malleable to the needs of the promoter, the Docklands is the perfect location for DGTL to construct a festival experience full of discovery, inspiration and surprise. Armed with the latest technological innovations and most exciting advances to create a fresh, modern and unique setting, the DGTL team constantly curates a wide variety of conceptual art performances and installations to engage their visitors, working with local artists as much as possible.
In today’s modern globalized world it is important for mass human interactions with our planet to be as sustainable as possible. Festivals naturally attract tens if not hundreds of thousands of people into a concentrates space, allowing for a destruction of nature and the possible waste of resources and materials that could otherwise be re-used to safeguard our planet’s resources.
With that in mind, DGTL strives to promote sustainability with everything it does. From its location choice at the NDSM Docklands to the selection process for the art featured throughout the grounds, DGTL constantly strives to become a waste-free festival. All art projects, for example, need to be as sustainable as possible, requiring artists to submit a list of all materials used for each piece and encouraging that they use as many recycled or reclaimed pieces as possible. Further, DGTL asks artist submitting work proposals for their plans following the festival, as they want to ensure that any art structures do not turn into waste. Another key process is in selling the idea of sustainability to attendees, turning art into a positive waste-free message that encourages them to reduce waste, recycle or even grow their own food.
Ok so maybe we are cheating by grouping things this way but the real reason DGTL shines is its eclectic and top-tier music programming. It goes without saying that just like every year DGTL has continued with its vision of “striving for a balance between the leading names in art and music, the newest discoveries and exciting local treasures.” This year’s DGTL line-up contains a total of 98 names, a lineup that no doubt mirrors their mission with the inclusion of both international techno and house heavyweights as well as up-and-comers and local Dutch talent.
Highlights include the likes of Maceo Plex, Dixon, Adriatique, Lee Burridge, Black Coffee, Âme and Motor City Drum Ensemble on the house front, with Speedy J, Rødhåd, Kobosil, Konstantin, Matrixxman and Voiski representing the heavier and darker sounds of techno. This year’s festival will also feature some special hosted stages, including Gain by Resident Advisor and both Maceo Plex’s Mosaic and Dixon curating the Amp stage on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Instead of only posting the lineup, we decided to let the music of DGTL’s roster to the speaking for us. Below you can enjoy our carefully curated playlist of live sets and mixes from each artist on the lineup.
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