Artists guide:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Blistering full throttle swinging speaker fire from this Amsterdam based three piece. Bartek summon the sort of desert rock you get at a party in a Vegas junkyard at 4am with just the right touch of across-the-pond melodic sensibility. But this is no sing-a-long affair. Messers Stapel, van der Kroef, and Meskers combine skull shaking rhythmic groove with a life affirming disregard for timbre balance and levels. This is the sort of thing that made those early Matador releases so exhilarating. These guys don’t care, but you should. – Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson

Photo credit: Sophie Hemels





Café De Koe

“Café De Koe is the best place for any musician to get any variation of gin&tonic you could ever wish for. Tip the bartender big and shout ‘BARTEK'” – BARTEK

Marnixstraat 381 1016 XR, Amsterdam
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Bloemendaal aan Zee

“Bloemendaal aan Zee is the best place to stroll the beach. Nudity allowed! Make sure to visit the ‘Woodstock’ beach club, they usually have great local bands playing there.” – BARTEK

2051 EB Bloemendaal aan Zee, Netherlands
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White Label Coffee

“White Label Coffee on the Jan Evertsen straat, order the V60 slow drip with Cajamarca Chirinos beans. Full westside hipster.” -BARTEK

Jan Evertsenstraat 136, 1056 EG Amsterdam, Netherlands
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“Try ‘Ari’, it’s a thrift shop on the Overtoom. The sign says LLEEEELLIJJK, which means ‘really ugly’ in Dutch” -BARTEK

Overtoom 532, 1054 LL Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Concerto is great independent record store that has a wide variety in genres on CD and vinyl. Check out their amazing second hand vinyl section.” – Candy Dulfer

“Concerto is one of the biggest record stores with new and second hand vinyl. There also do small in-store acoustic concerts!” – EUT

“The best record store is Concerto – they sell all of our merch, too!” – Bartek

Concerto is our favorite record store because Wesley, our guitarist, works there. Once in a while they have some live music in their store… mostly intimate, acoustic live sets. You can also go to Concerto for some nice coffee and cake!” – Tape Toy

Utrechtsestraat 52, 1017 VP Amsterdam, Netherlands
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“Our favorite fast food is FEBO. Try to pronounce ‘Diagonaaltje’, they’ll know.” – BARTEK

Leidsestraat 94, 1017 PE Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Vegan Junk Food Bar

“First try any ‘Kapsalon’ as soon as possible, then order one at the Vegan Junk Food Bar, you’ll be surprised…” – BARTEK

Reguliersdwarsstraat 57 1017 BK Amsterdam Netherlands
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The End Karaoke

“Karaoke bar ‘The End’ near the Zeedijk is great for amateur performances, it’s crowded every night.” – BARTEK

Nieuwebrugsteeg 32, 1012 AH Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Oedipus Taproom

“Oedipus Taproom in the north of Amsterdam is the best brewery, they serve burgers and serve a mean chili pepper flavoured beer – Thai Thai. Our favourite.” – BARTEK

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85 1021 KP Amsterdam
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NDSM Wharf

NDSM Werf (Wharf) is the best neighborhood to hang in, it’s an abandoned shipping yard across the IJ. Creative place, lot’s of artists and parties. Hop on the free ferry from Amsterdam Central.” -BARTEK

T.T. Neveritaweg 15, 2012 ZM Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Koningsdag (King’s Day)

“Koningsdag is our favorite city-wide celebration. The Netherlands are a kingdom so we can’t leave out Willie. Carry something orange with you at all times.” – BARTEK

Binnengasthuisstraat 46, 1012 ZD Amsterdam, Netherlands
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“Skatecafe is the place to go if you want a good night out with dancing, drinking and skating. This awesome cafe is located in Amsterdam Noord, quite far from the city center. Inside the cafe there’s a skate ramp which makes it very exciting.” – Tape Toy

“SKATECAFE in ‘Amsterdam Noord’ is our favorite local venue to see a show. They built a concrete pool dedicated to skaters, and have live bands performing in it. Ask for Colin – great guy.” – BARTEK

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 42 Amsterdam, Netherlands
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