Summer Darkness

Despite being renowned as a University city, Utrecht is also the home of beautiful canals, outstanding Gothic architecture, a massive alternative community and, of course, Summer Darkness a dark underground interdisciplinary festival.

Summer Darkness is a 3-day celebration of the alternative culture, mixing music, fashion and art, with something to satisfy just about anyone. Concerts, dances, markets, picnics and even boat rides are available for the hordes of fans that invade the city, not just from the Netherlands but from all over Europe.

In the same vein as other big festivals (think Eurosonic) Summer Darkness is not confined to a single venue, but rather takes over the whole city, with concerts and events in different clubs around the city, as well as in the main square (Dom square).


New-wave, ambient, electro, pagan, balfolk, neo-folk, EBM, darkwave, synthpop, futurepop, neo-classical, industrial, noise and now also witchhouse: take your pick, it’s all there.

Of course, a metal festival wouldn’t be complete without a market to satisfy every single one of your needs and Summer Darkness is no exception. Featuring everything under the sun (as it is to be expected in a festival that caters to such a wide audience) you will be able to find anything you could possible dream of, from the characteristics “metal” boots and pants, to the more obscure accessories  (did anybody say steampunk?).

Now, what is a music festival without music? Does Summer Darkness have what it takes to be a contender in the summer season? Well, the answer is a resounding yes. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Summer Darknesshas gone the extra mile in securing some of the best acts ranging from industrial, to dark wave to, well, everything! Just take a look!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Combichrist, Nachtmahr, Suicide Commando, The Crüxshados (and many more!) will be here. The question is, will you?

You can get your tickets, as well as the latest  updates from the festival, on its official site, here

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Considered by his mother as the brightest and prettiest boy, J's interest in metal started in his early teens, listening to bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica (coupled with an embarrassing period in which Marilyn Manson "totally represents me, man") eventually moving into the realm of power, black, and death metal. He is a practicing attorney, and a lecturer on commercial law. He is also a terrible guitar player and martial artist, and someone who enjoys coming up with excuses as to why he has to miss work after going to a concert. He also dabbles as a concert photographer, you can see his sub-par work on his instagram.