Lowlands (festival)

A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise (Lowlands), is an annual three-day music and performing arts festival, held in the Netherlands. The festival is held 68 kilometres (42 mi) east of Amsterdam in Biddinghuizen, at Spijk en Bremerberg, which is adjacent to Walibi Holland.

Although the main focus is on music - rock, pop, dance, hip hop and alternative - Lowlands also offers indoor and outdoor cinema, (street) theatre, cabaret and stand-up, ballet, literature and comic strips.

Main entrance to festival (ca. 2007)
DatesThird weekend of August
Location(s)Spijk en Bremerberg, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
Years active1993–present
Founded byMojo Concerts, Loc7000


The festival is a successor to one of the very first Dutch pop festivals: A Flight to Lowlands Paradise that was organised in November 1967 by the Utrecht-based artist and painter Bunk Bessel. This festival took place in the Margriethal of Jaarbeurs Utrecht. The entry fee was 10 Dutch guilders (approximately 4.50 euros), including breakfast. This 18-hour-long event had no top acts but included experimental theatre, dancing, poetry, films, body painting and massage. The Utrecht municipality did not pay up the promised subsidy of 8,000 guilders after the event.

On 28 December 1968, this festival was held a second time, postponed by a month from its original date of 23 November to try to get Jimi Hendrix to attend the event. This could not be arranged, and other large acts such as Jeff Beck and Jethro Tull were cancelled. However, Pink Floyd remained on the bill. In the end, the show was sold out to its capacity of 18,000 visitors, and for many people it was a cold and disappointing experience as they were unable to get inside. There was unrest and the police had to be involved.

In 1993, organizer Willem Venema revived this festival under the name "A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise". The festival is attended by around 55,000 visitors, spread over 200 acts and more than ten stages every year which are named according to the NATO phonetic alphabet apart from the Grolsch stage (named after the beer brewer Grolsch who has been the main sponsor of the festival for the last few years). The majority of stages are inside huge tents - insurance against the Netherlands climate - with the main stage's tent, Alpha, being approximately the size of a regulation football pitch.

Life of Agony released a CD of their unplugged set from the Lowlands Festival in 1997, entitled Unplugged at the Lowlands Festival '97.

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Coordinates: 52°25′58″N 5°45′55″E / 52.43278°N 5.76528°E


Biddinghuizen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌbɪdɪŋˈɦœyzən]) is a village in the municipality of Dronten in the Netherlands. It is situated in the center of the province of Flevoland, about 13 km north of the city of Harderwijk.

On 1 January 2016, the village had 6,205 inhabitants. The built-up area of the village was 1.93 km2 (0.75 sq mi), and contained 1,995 residences.Biddinghuizen is home of the annual Lowlands Festival and Defqon.1 Festival and Biddinghuizen contains the theme park Walibi Holland.

FlevOnice, a 3 km (2 mi) long, outdoor, refrigerated, ice skating track, opened in 2007 in Biddinghuizen and belongs to the longest in the world. A part of it is a standard speed skating rink, connected to the rest. The track was shortened from the original 5 km (3 mi) in 2013.

In 1995, Biddinghuizen hosted the 18th World Scout Jamboree. 28,960 Scouts and staff members from 166 countries and territories participated in this event.

The ultra athlete Ria Buiten is from Biddinghuizen.

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The members met in 1996 when lead singer-songwriter Dave Wilson was playing for Stillhouse. Wilson is the son of Charlotte poet Dede Wilson and was living in the Blue House, a Raleigh crash pad and romper room for the area's hottest young musicians. The other members are banjo picker Chandler Holt, upright bassist Greg Readling, and multi-instrumentalist John Teer. Wilson and Readling were playing in the Blue House as "Stillhouse" when Teer and Holt became intrigued "to hear these guys playing original country music that didn't suck" as Holt recalls. Holt and Teer befriended Wilson at the Blue House and began sitting in with the band. Wilson, over a beer one night, asked the others if they were interested in starting a bluegrass band.Chatham County Line began as an opening act for The Carbines, Tift Merritt's band. Chris Stamey saw them open a show, offered to record them, and landed them a record deal with Yep Roc Records. The band then went on to create five albums: Chatham County Line in 2003, Route 23 in 2005, Speed of the Whippoorwill in 2006, IV in 2008, and Wildwood in 2010.The IV album includes a track, "Birmingham Jail", that tells the story of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, who were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing. In The Washington Post, Allison Stewart writes:

The Raleigh-based bluegrass upstarts stock this tale of the 1963 Birmingham bombing with such gut-wrenching imagery, it's like they're trying to be depressing. You won't hear a more moving song all year.

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In 2016 the festival was headlined by PJ Harvey, The National, and Anohni.

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The tour continued in North America, throughout July–October 2013, before heading to New Zealand and Australia in October 2013 for a couple of dates. The tour kicked off its final European sold-out leg on October 29, 2013 in Paris, France and ended in Bournemouth, England on December 13, 2013. This was the last leg of 'Night Visions: World Tour'

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A small segment is also featured in the Criminal Minds episode "True Night". The song also featured in an episode of American Idol and in the twentieth series of the pop quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

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