Surviving Delft’s music events

From blues to jazz to pop of all sorts, Delft offers a number of music festivals through the year. Here’s a list of what’s coming up.

Delft Blues Festival
One of the first big Blues festivals in the region, the Delft Blues Festival is held annually. Over 70 performances are held across 33 locations. Bands are invited from all over the world for this weekend event. The festival is usually held in February and there are workshops on topics such as playing the blues harmonica and blues guitars and a film screening.
When: February
Entry: Free

Jazz Festival Delft
Jazz Festival Delft is among the largest jazz festivals in the Netherlands. The city jazzes up with live acts across town, at pubs and cafes, Beestenmarkt, the Markt and other locations. Featured acts include a range of styles – from traditional jazz to fusion, world pop and other experimental sounds. Beer tents and food stalls are set up around live arenas.
When: August
Entry: Free

The Stukafest is a live performance festival, hosted in student rooms of TU Delft. With theatre, music, dance, literature and poetry performed and recited live, personal rooms become public stages. Three rounds of performances include amateurs and well-known names. Former line-ups have included Spinvis, and rapper Typhoon among others. Venues can host up to thirty people (sixty for really popular acts). In 2016 there was an after party at the Bierfabriek until dawn.
When: February
Tickets: Tickets range from €5 to €15

Taptoe Delft
If you think you can hear a military band performing a chart topping pop music melody, odds are you stumbled upon Taptoe Delft. This is among the more unique festivals in the city. Taptoe Delft started in 1954 as a performance of the military tattoos (military bands) in the country, today it features over fifteen citizen tattoos from across the country. The Markt is closed off to create a venue with special lighting and visual effects and a long marching area for each band.
When: September
Tickets: Starting at €10

Started in 1989 as a small festival with nine acts, today Westerpop has over twenty acts and 17,000 visitors. The two day festival celebrates popular music and features Dutch and international bands. Previous shows have featured bands such as Treetop Flyer from the UK and Moving House from Denmark. Since 2016, the festival is held at the sports ground of Stanislas College on Molenhuispad.
When: Summer
Entry: Free

International Festival of Technology
Held right on campus, this festival was launched in 2015 and runs over three days. It mixes technology, music and art and serves as a platform for technology and innovation. The grand finale is a reminder of the event’s roots, the Zomerfestival, which used to take place prior to 2015. With a mix of rock, pop, hip hop and jazz, artists such as De Staat, Selah Sue and Playground Zero performed in 2016.
When: June
Entry: Free

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