Born as an offshoot of the 10 Days Off Festival in Ghent, Belgium, 5 Days Off has emerged as a front running city festival since its first edition in 2001.

Paradiso, Galaxy and the Heineken Music Hall are the musical establishments which put on a program brimming with international talent from the electronic scene.

The Nederlands Intitute for Media has recently taken on a prominent role within the festival as it hosts contemporary media exhibitions throughout the festivals stint in the Dutch capital, giving it a similar edge to Barcelona’s Sonar.

A free concert on the famous Leidseplein has also been a recent feature of the festival which has welcomed the likes of Justice, Midnight Juggernaughts and Erol Alkan over previous years.

Amsterdam is literally littered with hostels and hotels to set up base for the duration of the festival. Amsterdam Centraal Station is the rail hub to many neighbouring countries and also Amsterdam Schipol Airport which provides links to a huge number of European destinations.