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For 30 years now, Rotterdammers have been flocking to Zuiderpark for the annual Metropolis Festival. A free festival which attracts an average of 35,000 visitors from all over the country.


About Metropolis Festival

Metropolis is usually held on the first or second Sunday of July in Zuiderpark (near Rotterdam Ahoy). Metropolis has a reputation of being the 'go-to' reference for emerging music talent. The one-day festival provides a platform for talented bands and acts, which are on the verge of breaking through.

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Now famous peformers such as Smashing Pumpkins, Prodigy, The Killers, The XX and The Black Keys all took the stage at Metropolis in Rotterdam before becoming household names worldwide.


The best bands you've never heard of

The festival usually features the best bands you've never heard of. There are 3 stages. The Thinkers, Workers and Talent Stage. The Talent Stage is a platform for local young talent. As was the case in previous editions, there's also a roots and dub corner hosted by Masego Soundsystem. 

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Festival line-up

This year's event features Alice Merton, Arcane Roots, Bad Sounds, Bokoesam, Caroline Rose, Confidence Man, Day Fly, Feng Suave, Giant Party, Kevin, Kraantje Pappie, Latifah, Leafs, Lewsberg, Luka, Petit Biscuit, Poke, Tamino and Togo All Stars. You can find the official festival line-up on the Metropolis website, or check out the Spotify playlist below and have a listen.




Metropolis Festival app

If you're not a fan of printing out timetables, carrying a booklet or scrolling through websites while partying, there's a special Metropolis app you can download for free. In the Metropolis app, you can explore the lineup by clicking through to the artists via the timetable. You can also select your favorite artists and receive a notification fifteen minutes before the start of their performances. The app is available for both Android and iPhone devices. Download the Metropolis app.


Metropolis Festival info

Metropolis Festival 2018

Date: Sunday, 8th July 2018
Place: Zuiderpark Rotterdam
Time: 13:00 - 22:00
Entrance: 100% free

*The gates open at 12:00.

Location: Zuiderpark

Please note that Zuiderpark is huge, so be sure to enter the park near the Rotterdam Ahoy parking lot. That's where you'll find the entrance to the festival. Be sure to check out the directions to Zuiderpark.

Parking at Metropolis Festival Rotterdam

Parking in the vicinity of the festival site can be done at the adjacent parking lot of Ahoy (P2). There's a special Metropolis rate of €8 (normally € 12.50) for the whole day. The parking lot is open from 12:00 in the afternoon and you're able to drive out at any time.

You can also make use of the parking garages in Zuidplein. Note: the space is limited. Luckily, Rotterdam has Park and Ride facilities (parking in combination with public transport) at 15 metro stations, such as P+R Alexander, P+R Slinge and P+R Kralingse Zoom.


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