Koningsdag is known for its nationwide Vrijmarkt ("free market"), at which many Dutch people sell their secondhand items. It is also an opportunity for "orange madness" or oranjegekte, referring to the Dutch national color. Of course, King’s day will be extensively celebrated in Groningen! However, because of the high amount of activities, music performances and things-to-do, we completely understand that you won’t be able to see the woods for the trees. Therefore, we have created a super handy interactive map so you can easily find your favorite bands in the city. Besides that, we have created the ‘ideal’ programme for the whole weekend and at the bottom of the page you will find the complete programme!
Click the menu on the left top of the map to only view locations of Orange Night (music note) or King's Day (orange flag).
YOUR IDEAL KING’S WEEKEND
April 25, 26 The Night before Orange Night/Saturday
The party already starts on Saturday evening, at the Grote Markt. And it’s probably going to be the most democratic party you will ever witness, because all of you will get the chance to decide - via an app - what the DJ will play. So bring your phone with you and dance on your own favorite music genre.
April 26, 27 - Orange Night
The night will start with music. On many different locations there are different top music acts to go and see. Especially for you, we’ve created the ideal day-and-night programme:
11:00 - 19:00 - Reitemakersreige - RocknRolla Soundsystem
Go to the most relaxed King’s Day festival in Groningen! At the water, in the sun, you can enjoy Funk, Soul, Reggae, Groove Hip, Hop, Boogie, Rock’n roll and other music styles that are really danceable.
19:00 - Vismarkt - Caribean Fever
If you wanna dance on a variety of South American music styles like Soca, Zouk, Kaseco, Dancehall, Reaggeaton, Bachhatta’s and Hindipop, and you also fancy top 40 music, you should definitely go to Caribean Fever!
20:00 - Waagplein - DJ Oortje
Enjoy the dance classics from the 70s, 80s and 90s. DJ Oortje is considered as one of the pioneers of mash-ups!
21:00 - Grote Markt - Weekend Warriors
Weekend Warriors is the newest sensation of the Dutch festival scene. With military precision, they fire an explosive show!
22:45 - Vismarkt - Jungle by Night
Jungle by Night is the talented brass band of nine youngsters from Amsterdam. With their wall of wind instruments they will blow your ears off. Don’t. Miss. This!
00:00 - Ebbingekwartier - Titan
On the very hip Ebbingekwartier there is enough to do during Orange Night. DJ Titan will guide you into the night with his wonderful beats, but you should also take a look on the Ebbingekwartier during day time, when the Subsonic Mayhem Festival will serve you with loads of techno, house, drum&bass and hardstyle.
April 27 King’s Day
There is plenty to do at King’s Day. With your hangover head you can marvel your way through the Orange market, or Vrijmarkt. And of course there will be enough musical entertainment to satisfy your needs.
09.00 tot 17.00 - Oranjemarkt - Vrijmarkt
Take a peek at the Ubbo Emmiussingel, Praediniussingel, Ganzevoortsingel en Coehoornsingel, and you will find the most peculiair second handed items.
09:00 tot 17:00 - De wijken (the neigbourhoods)
Outside of the city centre there is enough to do. Often there are many programmes more focused on families, with music, a mini market, games and food and drinks.
For those of you who had a tough Orange Night, we can image your day starts somewhat later:
11:00 - Grote Markt - DJ Maarten en Marco Kraats
Do you want to learn the ‘polonaise’? Winter sport season is almost over, but DJ Maarten en Marco Kraats will play many plendid après-ski hits, like ‘I’m An Albatroaz’ and ‘Aron Chupa’.
The rest of the the day you can enjoy tons of different musicians on the Grote Markt, Poeleplein Ebbingekwartier, Rietemakersrijge, Waagplein etc. The highlights:
14:00 - Poeleplein - Piano&Co
Piano&Co plays everything on request. So get your top-10-hits list together and take it with you to Poeleplein.
17:00 - Grote Markt - De Coronas
De Coronas do stand-up pop with a bit of cabaret. They always fulfill their single promise: you will be suprprised!
21:30 - Vismarkt - Niels Geusebroek
Niels Geusebroek is no stranger to most Dutchies, with his band Silkstone and participating at the Dutch talent show The Voice of Holland. His summer hit Year of Summer was his international breakthrough.
22:00 - Grote Markt - Groove Department
With eight men and one female, Groove Department is a fantastisc top-100-coverband. With an arsenal of wind instruments, a tight rhythm section and a fabulous frontwoman, they will deliver a show you will never forget.
Stay in the city centre after Groove Department, because there is enough to do in all the great pubs and clubs Groningen has to offer!
- FULL PROGRAMME -
19:00 - 19:30 Aerobics and Aquajogging
19:30 - 21:00 A Likkie Boom Boom Soundsystem
21:00 - 22:30 Masterchef DJ'S
22:30 - 24:00 Liquid
00:00 - 00:30 Mulu (live)
00:00 - 02:00 Rocknrolla Soundsystem
19:00 - 21:00 Singer songwriter
21:00 - 02:00 Bigdez, Franse bluesband + afsluiter DJ van Buckshot
21:00 - 01:30 Open Air Disco m.m.v. DJ Arnoud
07:00 - 11:00 Thee-Dansant tijdens Vrijmarkt
11:00 - 12:30 Rocknrolla Soundsystem
12:30 - 14:00 Groove Delivery
14:00 - 15:30 Rohbadobh
15:30 - 17:00 DJ Irie
?17:00 - 24:00 Rocknrolla Soundsystem Jukebox
11:00 - 13:00 Dj Maarten + Marco Kraats
13:30 - 13:45 Djumbo
13:45 - 14:15 Dis nie Okay
15:15 - 15:30 DJ EJ
15:30 - 16:30 De Coronas
16:30 - 17:00 DJ EJ
17:00 - 18:00 De Coronas
19:00 - 20:00 De Coronas
20:00 - 20:45 DJ EJ
20:45 - 21:30 Groove Department
21:30 - 22:00 DJ Arnoud
22:00 - 22:45 Groove Department
22:45 - 24:00 DJ Arnoud
10:00 - 10:25 Kinderdisco met DJ Nick van Putten
10:25 - 10:55 De Liedjesbende
10:55 - 11:15 Kinderdisco met DJ Nick van Putten
11:15 - 11:45 De Liedjesbende
11:45 - 12:30 Kinderdisco met DJ Nick van Putten
12:30 - 13:15 T.G. Elias & Those Holy Rollers
13:15 - 14:00 DJ Bas.eu
14:00 - 15:00 Ache Cubano
15:00 - 15:45 DJ Bas.eu
15:45 - 16:30 Diff
16:30 - 17:15 DJ J-Nasty
17:15 - 18:00 Sunday Sun
19:00 - 19:45 VanderLinde
19:45 - 20:30 DJ J-Nasty
20:30 - 21:30 Niels Geusebroek
21:30 - 22:15 DJ Sebastian Davidson
22:15 - 23:00 Sven Hammond
13:00 - 15:00 Silvio Aquila
15:00 - 16:00 Van God Los DJ Team
16:00 - 17:00 Josh & Wesz
17:00 - 18:00 The Pitcher
19:00 - 20:00 Cypher vs. Influentialz
20:00 - 21:00 Jack of Sound
21:00 - 22:00 Deepack
22:00 - 23:00 Deetox
23:00 - 24:00 G-Town Madness
As we say in the Netherlands: Oranje Boven!
By Koos Tervooren