About This Festival
The Netherlands is a huge player in the world of electronic music, with a proliferation of Dutch DJs striking global fame and fortune. It doesn’t come as a huge surprise then that one of the oldest dance music festivals originated in The Netherlands. Established in 1993, Mysteryland is a series of electronic dance music festivals organized by the promoter ID&T.
Mysteryland’s multi-faceted and multisensory approach is based on a strong philosophy to be more than just about music and dance. At the heart of the event is the idea of “peace, love, music”, with music acts focused on discovery, providing festivalgoers with an interactive, fun-filled and enriching experience. Today, legends from the international dance scene intermingle with the next wave of up-and-coming new and local talents to throw a memorable party for electronic music lovers from all walks of life.
Each year, Mysteryland is set upon beautiful grounds around the globe, including Haarlemmermeerse Bos, an exhibition ground that hosted the 2002 edition of the Dutch gardening festival Floriade. The festival is traditionally held on the final Saturday of August.
An Electronic Music Revolution
Over the last two decades, Mysteryland has drawn together creative, electronic-music-loving tastemakers from around the world. The festival interweaves components of the “peace, love, music” ideology from the famous Woodstock music and art festival, which is manifested by giving artists of different backgrounds an opportunity to express themselves at the event, as well as driving a Festival Footprint that focuses on sustainable practices and participation.
While Mysteryland harkens back to the hippy ‘60s, it has also spurred other festivals that have adapted the key values of Mysteryland, including the famous Tomorrowland festival, also produced by ID&T. Mysteryland has been a major catalyst for the electronic music revolution since the early ‘90s, and in 2011, the first international edition of Mysteryland was held in the town of Picarquín, Chile. Here, the event is spread over two days, however the first day is only open to those who are camping onsite.
The Next Big Thing
In an effort to identify and develop up-and-coming talent, Mysteryland in the Netherlands has partnered with Kunstbende to organize a national DJ competition for competitors aged between 13-18 years old. There are eight categories—dance, DJ, expo, fashion, film & animation, music, language and theatre & performance. After a series of heats, the winner then performs at Mysteryland—not a bad way to kick off one’s performance career!
Festival Soul and Sustainability
Mysteryland places great importance on its Festival Soul—being able to organize the event in a sustainable way, reliant on local participation and interaction. A lot of emphasis is placed on being friendly to people around you, your and sustainable projects, both during and after the festival.
Festival-goers can expect to be able to easily recycle bottles, cups and other trash, while the "Trees for Traffic" program allows attendees to neutralize their carbon footprint and plant a tree when they purchase a parking or shuttle bus ticket. There are over 2,000 trees now planted and a true ‘festival forest’ has been created in Holland, in the vicinity of Nieuw-Vennep. In addition, part of the festival runs on biodiesel made from recycled oils.
Attendees also wanting to cleanse their bodies and souls, there are dozens of delicious eateries to choose from, with a great deal of importance placed on ensuring there are local, organic and Fair Trade delicacies on offer. Meanwhile, The Healing Garden is a spiritualhaven where festivalgoers can take a break from the intensity of the musical performances to relax and feel reborn.
Through its concerted sustainability efforts, Mysteryland has been awarded the Industry Green Certification. The award was developed by Julie's Bicycle, an organization devoted to helping large events become more sustainable.
New U.S. Event
The location of Mysteryland’s U.S. event is no happy coincidence—it is set on the hallowed grounds where the Woodstock festival took place, which is still regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history.
Promoters from all over the world have been trying for decades to convince the owners of the Bethel Woods site to host large-scale festivals in this special location. After a year of talks, ID&T won approval for the first U.S. edition of Mysteryland. Now produced by LiveStyle, Inc. (formerly SFX), the producers of wildly successful festivals such as Sensation, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld and Q-dance, Mysteryland USA presents a diverse array of the world’s best electronic dance music, rap, and experimental subgenres amidst some of the most imaginative, immersive large scale festival production in the world.
From the Organizer
Mysteryland is the world’s longest running electronic music festival. As a pioneer of the dance movement, we have shaped and inspired the festival industry since 1993. During a 3 days spectacle, we invite our visitors to embark on a musical journey and explore over 250 dj's and live acts on 16 breathtaking stages. The on-site camping grounds welcome festival enthusiasts from over 50 nationalities and offer pre- and after-parties as well as a very diverse food and entertainment program. Located near Amsterdam in The Netherlands, Mysteryland will celebrate its 24th edition from August 25th until August 28th 2017 (camping open from Friday until Monday). Check http://www.mysteryland.nl/ for more info and tickets.