About Awakenings

Awakenings has been organizing techno events for more than 25 years. The famous Gashouder was the first place a legendary Awakenings techno night was held in 1997. Since then, the massive productions became known as the best there is, worldwide. With over 300.000 visitors a year, Awakenings has shown to bring the ultimate techno experience, every time, like no one else can.


Awakenings Upclose stands for an intimate, dance floor oriented festival where we aim to create the perfect rave conditions. We invite you to connect closely in an intimate setting and dismantle the traditional barriers between artists and you. It’s time to meet eye to eye on the dance floor. Explore our Holy Ground through a fresh lens and get inspired by new areas and surprising stages. At the heart of it, an Awakenings' experience, with an unparalleled sound. In the spirit of adventure, we push our musical boundaries and explore cutting-edge techno sounds. Expect an exciting lineup with the Awakenings techno quality you’re used to.

Awakenings Upclose

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Awakenings Summer Festival is the ultimate techno holiday!
The festival grounds at Hilvarenbeek are the perfect backdrop for a weekend full of new discoveries, memories and a lot of techno madness.With 80.000 visitors from over 80 countries in a weekend Awakenings Summer Festival is the highlight of Europe’s techno music calendar. During the 3-day festival, there are more than 120 artists are performing in eight different areas, presenting their best sounds for one of the most dedicated crowds. Every year Awakenings goes above and beyond to live up to the irreputation of groundbreaking productions and stage design, in the open air areas and giant tent structures.

Awakenings Summer Festival 2023

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The Gashouder is a place of extremes: it’s the home of Awakenings. Also known as the Temple of Techno. With its circular shape, pillar-free interior and wrought iron roof construction, the Gashouder is the most distinctive venue in Amsterdam. No one who attends an event here will ever forget it. The first - legendary - Awakenings techno night was held in Amsterdams famous Gashouder in 1997. Since that year, the massive productions became worldwide known as the best of the best.


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Our other favorite techno home, The Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam's ultimate indoor arena. Despite its name suggesting a dome, there are no curves here. Instead, it stands as a mighty square block, measuring 90 by 90 meters with a towering height of 30 meters, making it the perfect place for an epic party. With such vast dimensions, our laser shows light up the space, creating an unforgettable show. The first Awakenings show in the Ziggo Dome took place in 2021 during Amsterdam Dance Event. Since its big success, the Ziggo Dome can't be missed during Awakenings ADE!


Each year, we kick things off the right way by heading down south to Klokgebouw, Eindhoven! The Klokgebouw is a monumental building in Eindhoven, radiating industrial vibes that make it the perfect setting for an Awakenings party! And of course, we make sure to let the building shake. The first Awakenings Eindhoven took place in 2008.

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