As you may know, the Netherlands is home to some of the world’s best festivals and electronic music producers. It’s very well known for it’s free-spirited dance community. Every year The Netherlands hosts some of the most sought out events like the Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF), Defqon.1, and the incredible week-long Amsterdam Dance Event. All of these events bring in music fans from around the world and is a huge part of national tourism.
However, today Minister Hugo De Jonge of Public Health in The Netherlands has made it clear that large events will not take place until there is a vaccine for COVID-19. He said in a statement today:
“For the last step, the massive events with a national quality, we can not yet give a date,” the Minister wrote. “Actually, that is only possible once there is a vaccine, and no one knows how long that will take. Of course we hope for soon, but a year or more is very likely.”
The Netherlands will allow sporting events to resume September 1st, but without any spectators.
As the world very slowly eases out of lockdown, it has become very clear throughout the world that massive events like music festivals will likely the last to return. So hold on to your seat, because it’s going to be a long ride.