Melkweg
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Melkweg stands for pop culture in the most broad of senses. Each year, hundreds of concerts, club nights, films and music films, theatre performances, expositions and multidisciplinary events together attract more than 400,000 visitors. The venue is located in the only surviving factory building on the Amsterdam canal ring, a former sugar and, later, milk factory. This historical building houses two concert halls, a cinema, a theatre, and an exposition space, which each can be used separately or combined together. In the Melkweg, established names can be seen alongside new talent and emerging styles get the chance to reach a broader audience. The diversity of its programming and visitors, together with its different spaces and special location, have for years made the Melkweg a unique place.
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Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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Glenn Grant
Al Jazirat Al Hamra, United Arab Emirates3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
From the security at the door to the attendants inside, this place has it down nearly perfect. We had an issue with our barcoded tickets that was resolved immediately with no headaches at all.

The venue is clean and efficient and a bar that wont look to make a killing on your pocket.

No issues whatsoever.
Written November 14, 2022
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Alicia D
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
One of the best nights out I’ve ever had, and free entry! Cheap but roomy lockers, cool atmosphere and good music (techno Tuesday). 100% worth visiting, will be going again next time I’m in Amsterdam!
Written November 11, 2023
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vanVasa A
31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
I am ashamed and buthurt that I was kicked out of the club for throwing up in the toilet. But let me explain my side - although I was near collapsing, I was conscious enough to not make a mess as others had to use the toilets as well. My mistake was "asking for help". This was the first ever time I ended up puking after drinking, that too two cups of beer, maybe it was the food I had before. I was most upset, embarrassed and lost. It was raining outside when the bouncers threw me out. They wouldn't accept any explanations or pleas for help. They would not just let me stay inside the door at least to keep myself dry. I could not call my friends as my phone ran out of power. I am curious if this is how they treat everyone who might have been unfortunate or foolish. The music was great, no complaints there. But sometimes you are reduced into a mere fragile human being far beneath any love for hip hop. I am not returning to this club ever. May be it was those specific bouncers, maybe it was my mistake to vomit and appear repulsive to other club goers, maybe it was foolish to charge my phone when I started my journey to Amsterdam that morning. I hope this won't happen to anyone in future.
Written June 1, 2015
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courtsjoe
Sydney, Australia487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This old milk factory is awesome. We went on recommendation of a waiter at a local japanese restaurant. We both love hiphop and thought wed check it out as its "encore" gig runs every saturday.
Hands down the best hiphop sets ive heard anywhere in world - dj was playing american hiphop all night mixed in with some local dutch hiphop which id never heard before.
Examples - jayz, rick ross, asap ferg, frank ocean, 2 chainz, tip, fabolous, biggie, drake, kanye, game .... list goes on. modern hiphop bangers all night
Crowd was cool, loads of beautiful girls and seemed everybody knew the words and sung/danced along all night. Stayed from 12 middnight to 6am and we had an awesome time. Drinks werent overpriced and they had some free desert table thing. no vip table wankers that i could see just heaps of steezy ppl havin a good time
Written September 3, 2014
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Alicia P
Kansas City, MO8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
I was here for a concert in March 2012. The venue is great- small and intimate, with good sound. Beers were fairly priced and cold, and the line for the bar was never too long.

The only complaint I have is we each had to pay a membership fee of 4 Euro before we could enter. So after standing in line outside, we had to wait in another line inside at the ticket window. Had we known ahead of time, it wouldn't have been a big deal, but we assumed all charges and fees were included in the final price of our tickets. Other than that, it was a great experince.
Written July 16, 2012
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willisika
Helsinki, Finland126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Went to see Fokofpolisiekar in August and Melkweg delivered in heaps on a first time visit. Great sound quality, great lights, video screens etc. Not to mention easy logistics (read: in/afterparty/out), efficient bar service, amenities & everything.

The compact layout makes this a great place for "smaller" bands. As for tix, everything's super easy online — although that obligatory "membership fee" is a bit of a hey-what's-this-now.

Anyway, this is definitely *the* place to enjoy your favorite act — front row center.
Written September 16, 2018
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nanxc
Essex, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
I'm not one to write reviews but this venue could really help out music enthusiasts when planning a trip, like it did for me
Myself and my partner saw Wilkinson here in march 2016 who we consider to be a fairly well known artist, yet we watched him in the 'Oude Zaal' (which I think means old hall) and there can't have been more than 150 people in there! I'd say the crowd went 10 rows back and if you wanted to be front row you could just walk there with no issues! Best gig I have ever been to hands down just because of the intimacy. We are travelling back in December this year to see Tom Misch in the theatre on the next floor up which also looks like it can't hold more than 100 people capacity! I will be continuing to plan gigs & holidays around this venue, despite living in England. THAT'S HOW GOOD IT IS!
There is a 4 euro charge for membership (which I suggest buying when you buy the tickets through ticket master instead of when you actually get there) but given how cheap the tickets are for the gig in the first place this was hardly a problem for us. Drinks are just as expensive as you would expect them to be in Amsterdam (bare in mind this is a music venue too)
When we left melkweg we noticed that it's actually placed in a busy part of Amsterdam with lots of bars/clubs/restaurants/coffeeshops nearby if you wish to carry on your night and it was a 15 minute walk away from our hotel in Rembrandt square. It's an incredible venue and I hope this is around for many more years to come.
Written October 12, 2016
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spannerwingnut
London, UK567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Came here from London to see the Mad Caddies!
Great venue, the sound was excellent. Small standing balcony area upstairs, main bar downstairs.
Lockers & phone charging lockers available! - Don’t know why we don’t have these yet at most venues in London!
We bought are tickets online at home, you do have to pay a small membership fee for the venue which gives you the ability to attend the gig & a months membership (but only a couple of Euros so nothing to worry about)
Thanks for a great night!
Written February 25, 2019
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Dwaynemassie
Hanau, Germany3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Wanted to go and have a Snack,but,was closed to the public (only VIPs allowed). Went to a certain food chain instead :-D
Written August 2, 2015
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DumisaniK
London, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015
Visited Amsterdam with a friend from the 2nd to the 5th of January 2015. We are into hip hop so on the Friday ended up in a small pub called Duveil or something like that - it was decent but it's smoking inside so came out smelling of weed all over.

The next day we wanted a fuller club experience and this is when I discovered this gem Melkweg. We went early around 11 so got in for free and there were like a couple of Dutch bands playing for free in the room to the left on entry. The music was good then at 12 the ENCORE hip hop night started - for 30 minutes the place was dead but by 1:00pm the whole club was mobbed and man the DJ mixed some tunes. He was playing southern hip hop mixed with mainstream hip hop and some old skool. It was the best night ever. Next time am in the city am Defo visiting again
Written January 4, 2015
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