It’s festival season alright. This doesn’t mean that it’s all welly-wearing art students frollicking in muddy fields, however. The Black Motocross Festival in De Schans in Lichtenvoorde is a hugely entertaining mix of motorbike stunts, music and other entertainment.
The Zwarte Cross (Black Cross) Festival combines live music with theatrical entertainment, markets activities with motorcycle worship to make for an unforgettable, heady festival in the eastern Netherlands.
During the 15th, 16th and 17th July, revellers will enjoy live music by more than 100 bands and DJs from all over the world (e.g. German metal band Helloween, heavy rock legends Sepultura and hardcore punks Madball) as well as stage shows and motocross races. There will also be plenty of freestyle stunt shows, among them one called ‘Globe of Death’. In the past, motocross world champions such as the Belgian Sven Breugelmans and Ben Townley from New Zealand have appeared at the Black Motocross festival.
Despite its loud and heavy soundtrack, Black Motocross is also a family-friendly festival, with a special kids’ area putting on all kinds of free attractions and activities. There are rides, free lemonade for the young ‘uns, and supermarkets for those who have left some essential equipment at home.
Weekend tickets for the festival have sold out, but there are still day tickets available for as little as €28.50 (around £25.50), and, on the Sunday, kids get in for free.
To get to the Black Motocross Festival, you can take a P&O Ferry to Rotterdam and then drive east to the Oost Gelre municipality, which is about an hour and a half’s drive from the port city. The nearest station to the festival site is Lichtenvoorde-Groenlo.
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