King’s Day & Night events Arnhem

Arnhem King’s Night & Day

In the 19th century, the national holiday was the Waterooday to celebrate the liberation from French occupation. Over time, the day was less and less celebrated. To still support the importance of national unity, the princess day on the 31st of August was invented. The first princess day celebration was for Wilhelmina in 1891. When she became queen, it naturally transformed into a queen’s day. 

Nowadays, it is the day to celebrate the birthday of the reign as the head of the state. Currently, it is the King Willem-Alexander, thus the king’s day is on his birthday on the 27th of April. It is only moved by a day to a Saturday when it would fall on the weekday Sunday. The next time this will be the case is in 2025. 


Through the time the celebration changed slightly. At the queens day of Queen Juliana, the Dutch would gather for a procession and offer gifts, mostly flowers, to the royal family, which was standing at the Gates of Paleis Soestdijk. With Queen Beatrix, the Royals went to two places in the Netherlands to show themselves to their people. In 2009, there was a murder attempt with a car crashing into the procession. 8 people died at that event. Willem-Alexander continues the tradition of Beatrix to go to several places on King’s day. 

There are celebrations organized in the whole country. The day before, it is already starting with the ribbon rain, where dozens of Dutchies get awarded for their deeds. The following night is also called the King’s Night with a lot of organized parties. 

The color orange

The supermarkets are full of orange objects such as heads, glasses, nail polish and a lot more. There is nothing, which is not offered in orange at that time – even alcohol and condoms are sold in orange. On the day before the king’s day and the day itself, the entire city is filled with orange flags and people dressed up in orange. But why orange, which is not part of the Dutch flag (red-white-blue)? This is not entirely correct. Before the French occupied the Netherlands it was orange-white-blue. It is a reference to the royal bloodline of Oranje-Nassau, thus the number one color on King’s day.

Party Agenda 2019

Kingsize Arnhem Festival 

26 & 27. April at the market place

We are back on King’s Night and Day 2019 with an impressive show full of special effects, FREE entry, and top of the bill artists. We will make a fun and unforgettable day.


Frenna, Kriss Kross Amsterdam, Famke Louise, Leafs, Hato, Rob Black, Funk D, Janno Kersten, MC Serge V

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Het Foute Oranjefeest

26 & 27. April at Trans

Willy van Oranje will come again to Arnhem at the King’s Night and Day to turn it upside down! You want to party hard? Everyone is welcome and there is no entrance fee.

Line up:
Anita Doth – Snollebollekes – Het Feestteam – Gebroeders Ko – Lawineboys – Vieze Jack – Q-Music the Party – and a lot more

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At the John Frost Bridge

Op 26 en 27 april brengt XXlerator Kingsday het Oranjefeest terug naar het volk!
Under the legendary John Frost Bridge you can enjoy the Hardstyle en Raw Hardstyle music. The best is it is for free as well.

Line up for 26th from 18.00:

Wildstylez – Frequencerz – Phuture Noize – Rebelion – Rejecta – Devin Wild – Regain – Apexx – RVAGE – Primeshock – The Purge – Villain – Da Syndrome

Line up for 27th from 12.00:

Da Tweekaz – Noisecontrollers – Crypsis – Atmozfears – Korsakoff – KELTEK – Sound Rush – Act of Rage – Rebourne – Rooler – Degos & Re-Done – Demi Kanon – Sub Sonik – Prefix & Density – Malice – Ecstatic – MYST – Mind Dimension – Enemy Contact – Jay Reeve – Da Syndrome – MC I See

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Buiten de Kroeg

 26th- 271t. August at Roermondsplein from 18.00

De Buitenkroeg is a new cozy new festival at the  Roermondsplein in Arnhem, with regional crazy bands. Between the live-acts, the DJ will play dance music and different food trucks offer different foods from Asian to Dutch.

Hosted by  Jesse Laport en Marcel Klein Legtenberg

Programme 26th:

18.00 – New Best Friend (alternative punk rock)
19.30 – Hilltop Howlers (southern rock & roll)
21.15  – JOHN FROST (soul/ hip hop)
22.30 – Brothers of Mercy, a Tribute to Alternative 80’s Music

Programme 27th:
13.30 – The Cowpokes (bluegrass)
15.30 – Raw Flowers (rock)
18.00 – Donnerwetter (psychedelic with the roots of punk)
20.30 – The Hillbilly Moonshiners Bluegrass Band – Mumford & Sons covers (folk-rock)
22.30 – The Etta James Experience (blues & soul)


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Free Your Mind

 26th- 271t. August the Nelson Mandela Bridge

We have carefully selected a well-balanced line up with international, national and local talent for you. Two days of uplifting house, deep grooves and swinging beats! Also FREE entry.

Line up for 26th:

Benny Rodrigues, Eats Everything, Daniel Williamsen, Ivy Knock

Line up for 27th from 12.00:

Michel de Hey (official), Patrice Baumel, Park & Sons, Wouter S., Eddie Amore, Jeremy Juno b2b Felix Valentijn, Kamara

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8 Bahn 

 26th- 271t. August the Musispark from 19.00

his April 26th to 27th, 8BAHN returns with the 11th edition of its Kingsnight Kingsday Festival to its traditional stomping ground at Musispark. This year’s 3 stages are hosted by 8BAHN, THE TRIBE and Forms Events. Through a string of audacious moves, we’ve stitched together a heavy-hitting line-up with names like Miss Djax, Freddy K, Overmono, Zendid, Rockwell, KI/KI, Identified Patient and many, many more.

Program 26.04:

▬▬ 8BAHN MAIN ▬▬                         ▬▬ 8BAHN LAB ▬▬
19:00 – 21:00 Naim Abu                       19:00 – 21:00 Federico Brasi
21:00 – 22:30 Identified Patient       21:00 – 22:30 Marcolino
22:30 – 00:00 KI/KI                                 22:30 – 00:00 Lennart

▬▬▬ FORMS hosted by MC Dart▬▬▬▬▬
19:00 – 22:00 Forms Crew [DJ Tyson/THIRTEEN/Trasky]
22:00 – 00:00 Rockwell [Shogun Audio / UK]

Program 27th.:

▬▬▬▬▬▬ 8BAHN MAIN ▬▬▬▬▬▬
13:30 – 15:30 Cleanfield [8Bahn]
15:30 – 17:00 Thomas Elmore [Blauwdruk]
17:00 – 19:00 Jasmín [De School] B2B Patski [8Bahn]
19.00 – 21.00 Overmono [XL Recordings]
21.00 – 22.30 Freddy K [Key Vinyl]
22.30 – 00.00 Miss Djax [Djax Recordings]

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▬▬▬ FORMS hosted by MC Dart▬▬▬▬▬
13:30 – 16:30 Forms Crew [DJ TYSONl/THIRTEEN/Trasky]
16:30 – 18:00 WTF Showcase
18:00 – 21:00 Switch [Soul

21:00 – 22:30 Silvahfonk [Creative Wax]
22:30 – 00:00 Forms Crew [DJ Tyson/THIRTEEN/Trasky]

▬▬▬▬▬▬ THE TRIBE ▬▬▬▬▬▬
13:30 – 16:00 Melle J & J-F [Dorcas]
16:00 – 18:30 Children of Valis [The Tribe]
18:30 – 21.00 Christoffer & Nicholas [The Tribe]
21.00 – 00.00 Zendid [Yoyaku]


26. April 2019 from 23:00 to 04:00 at Musis

At the Watermeloen party you can dance and chill with the hottest R&B, Hip-Hop en Dancehall tunes of 90’s, 00’s as well as from nowadays. It will be a hot event, thus you can cool down while eating watermelon ice. To make it a special we turned the foyer into an extra dance area. Get ready to dance to Bachata, Kizomba, Merengue, Salsa en Latin Hip-Hop. It is organized by Luxor Live.

Note: This event does not accept cash, so bring your pin/ bank card only. The ticket costs between 15-20€. To buy a ticket click here.

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Jansplein King’s Day & Night

26. & 27 April at the Jansplein

For this night the Jansplein changes into a huge dancefloor, where you can dance until the early morning. The band Anderkovver is coming again to celebrate this great day! These men really cover everything from 80’s, 90’s, 00’s…, so even grannies will step up to dance (if you bring them:D) Afterwards, theDJ Rob van Genderen will play music with a video wall, creating an amazing atmosphere. The best is that it is very broad from disco, festival, and Dutch hits- everything will be there to enjoy. Additionally, the Cafe Sint Jan, Taphuys Arnhem en Café Colours stay open deep into the night. The entry is FREE.

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The King Of Bass

26. April at the Willemsplein from 23.00

Forms is proud to present another classic to you, a bass-filled night at the Willemeen with our ‘partners in crime’ from Work Them & Sauce. A day of serious BASS for the King of the Netherlands and even more important —> for all you crazy ravers !! They will invite a quality DJ line-up driven by the finest in bass music on two different floors.

Tickets for 11€ in presale, click here.

Line up: 

  • Rockwell (Shogun Audio, UK)
  • T & Sugah (Liquicity/ High Tea Music)
  • Tyson
  • Thirteen
  • Trasky
  • Mc Dart
  • Dapper MC
  • VJ Shurly

2nd Floor hosted by Work Them & Sauce :

  •  Trap
  • Switch
  • Mike
  • SMR
  • Thirteen
  •  Dubio

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King’s Avenue

26. April at 5th Avenue from 22.00

After the events on the square you want to party further? Then welcome to the After party at the club 5th avenue. They will entertain you the whole night with the best sing-along songs, best guilty pleasures and of course the best of the actual charts. Cheer on the king’s birthday at 5th Avenue!

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King’s Night Party RED

26. & 27 April at Loft Arnhem from 22.00

Enjoy a Party at the club Loft Arnhem with all kind of music. Loft Arnhem is one of the clubs at the Korenmarkt in Arnhem. It has two etages and with resident DJ’s as well as guest DJ.

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