Festival De Achtertuin Rotterdam - date, location, lineup

Festival De Achtertuin Bergschenhoek - date, location, lineup

Festival De Achtertuin is an electronic music festival with surreal and wonderful experiences in 'the backyard of Rotterdam' on the grounds of Outdoor Valley in Bergschenhoek. 
On Saturday, 15 July 2023, Outdoor Valley Bergschenhoek will transform into a surreal experience where attendees can dance, lose themselves, and marvel at the wild meadow. The line-up, completed by headliners such as Mees Salomé, Benny Rodrigues, Olivier Weiter, Sandrien, and Secret Cinema, promises a day of diverse musical experiences.

Line-up De Achtertuin

The first line-up announcement already featured Benny Rodrigues, Olivier Weiter, and Mees Salomé. Now, Sandrien, Secret Cinema, and Hollt (live) also grace the festival poster. The festival caters to a variety of musical styles, with house tunes at the Bird's Nest stage, enchanting progressive house in the Magical Garden Hut, and disco and retro tunes at the Vinextuin stage. This year, Rotterdam label Sekora will host the Tipi Stage, featuring Deeparture and Huminal among others. 

Experience, art and safari

Festival De Achtertuin is not solely about the music. Attendees can immerse themselves in a green and adventurous oasis surrounded by water, garden houses, tipis, and fireplaces, where art and experience intersect. The festival offers a safari, live performances, quirky games, and delightful massages. As with previous years, there will be a hunt for access to the secret stage, curated by 50:HERTZ.


Sustainability is of paramount importance at Festival De Achtertuin. Only vegetarian dishes will be served from the food trucks, reusable drinking cups and biodegradable tableware will be used, and waste will be minimised, separated, and recycled. The festival limits power usage, employing solar panels and green energy for generation. The stages and decorations are reused and are also made from recycled materials. 

Sekora and Trees for All

This year, the Tipi stage will be hosted by Sekora, a record label founded by Wesley Verheij (UOAK), who commits to sustainability as a DJ. As a nature enthusiast, he fuses electronic music and nature. For each release, he plants two trees with Trees for All.

Hosting a stage at Festival De Achtertuin is thus a logical step for Wesley and Sekora: “It's an opportunity to show that sustainability and electronic music can go hand in hand. This is where De Achtertuin and Sekora find common ground. We really consider sustainability: the festival takes place on existing grounds. A climbing wall and outdoor park are transformed into a stage. They genuinely look at what can be done with existing materials instead of building everything anew.”

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From 250 to 4000 attendees

Festival De Achtertuin welcomes all ages and is aimed at music lovers with a fondness for creative festivals, where art installations are as prominent as the line-up. The festival began in 2020 with a slimmed-down edition due to COVID-19 restrictions, attended by only 250 people. The sold-out 2021 edition was cancelled a day before construction started due to new COVID-19 measures. Despite the challenges that De Achtertuin and other festivals faced, the festival managed to grow, welcoming 2000 attendees in 2022. This year, the festival aims to double the visitor count to 4000.

Ticket Sales

Tickets for Saturday, 15 July are now available at www.festivaldeachtertuin.nl. Festival De Achtertuin is for all ages and is aimed at the conscientious music lover with a fondness for creative festivals, where art installations hold equal prominence in the line-up.

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