The Netherlands is a huge player in the world of electronic music, with a proliferation of Dutch DJs striking global fame and fortune. It doesn’t come as a huge surprise then that one of the oldest dance music festivals originated in The Netherlands. Established in 1993, Mysteryland is a series of electronic dance music festivals organized by the promoter ID&T.
Mysteryland’s multi-faceted and multisensory approach is based on a strong philosophy to be more than just about music and dance. At the heart of the event is the idea of “peace, love, music”, with music acts focused on discovery, providing festivalgoers with an interactive, fun-filled and enriching experience. Today, legends from the international dance scene intermingle with the next wave of up-and-coming new and local talents to throw a memorable party for electronic music lovers from all walks of life. Each year, Mysteryland is set upon beautiful grounds around the globe, including Haarlemmermeerse Bos, an exhibition ground that hosted the 2002 edition of the Dutch gardening festival Floriade. The festival is traditionally held on the final Saturday of August.
There are 16 area’s to discover, staging a wide variety of styles, with tantalizing performances by the leading artists in house, techno, deep house, hardstyle, hardcore, drum ’n bass, hiphop, trance, trap and disco. Each part of this musical journey is set against a surreal backdrop of state-of-the-art stage designs. And, drifting between area’s, you may encounter a captivating performance, or stumble upon a magnificent work of art.
In an effort to identify and develop up-and-coming talent, Mysteryland in the Netherlands has partnered with Kunstbende to organize a national DJ competition for competitors aged between 13-18 years old. There are eight categories—dance, DJ, expo, fashion, film & animation, music, language and theatre & performance. After a series of heats, the winner then performs at Mysteryland—not a bad way to kick off one’s performance career!