P&O Ferries recommends: the Pink Pop Festival


Holland’s biggest open air festival and the longest-running rock/pop festival in the world shouldn’t be missing on any serious festival fan’s itinerary.

The 42nd edition is headlined by The Cure, Bruce Springsteen and Kasabian, with more than 38 other artists performing on three stages in three days. Other reasons to take a trip to the small Dutch town Landgraaf include Paul Kalkbrenner, Mumford & Sons, The Wombats, Miike Snow, James Morrison, Linkin Park and Dutch singer Anouk.

The festival doesn’t owe its name to the original organisers’ love for the colour – in fact, it is a combination of the Dutch word for Pentecost (‘Pinksteren’) and the music genre it was mainly dedicated to. Today, it’s still primarily a place for rock and pop, but the 60,000 visitors per day also have the option to listen to metal, hip hop and electro.

Pink Pop first took place in 1970 as a one-day festival but had to be expanded to a three-day festival due to its massive popularity. In 2007 there was even a spin-off, called Pink Pop Classic, introduced to cater to diehard Pink Pop fans of the older generation. At Pink Pop Classic they can revive their memories together with bands who have previously performed at Pink Pop.

If the festival is not enough to keep you entertained, you can go on a Ferris wheel or a seated crane lift that operates opposite the main stage. The camping site for weekend-pass holders offers the usual amenities of shower blocks and food halls, and if you want to relax in between concerts you can catch a movie at the open air cinema.

A three-day ticket including camping is £144 and day-tickets are £70.

The Pink Pop festival takes place May 26th – 28th in Landgraaf, which is a 2-hour drive from Rotterdam, one of the destinations of P&O Ferries.

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