Wouter de Vink
By Wouter de Vink

No social distancing and dance like there’s no tomorrow. Next month Fieldlab Events (in collaboration with ID&T and Mojo) can finally start organizing corona test festivals on the grounds of Defqon.1 in Biddinghuizen.

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Things are finally turning a little into the direction of the events industry. On the grounds that is familiar territory for hardstyle enthusiasts, there will be two corona festivals in March – with 1.500 visitors allowed per edition. In other words, a mini-festival where visitors help collect data such as behavior, air quality and contamination risk. But it is actually a full blown festival that has everything you need.

‘A festival where you can move freely, dance, sing along and bump into other people’

Multiple stages, a full line-up with artists and food trucks. “It is not a medical experiment, we look at contact”, spokesman Tim Boersma of Fieldlab Events says to Dutch news website 3voor12. “Everyone will be provided with a tag at the entrance. Not all of those fifteen hundred people meet each other, but how many do, and for how long? Which places are crowded? Can you solve that by putting more toilet blocks?”

Before and after the event, visitors must be able to hand in a negative corona test and they will be given access to the festival in phases. A mouth mask is mandatory, but everyone is completely free outside of that. The festivals start at 15:00 and will last until the beginning of the evening: “In case there is still a night curfew at that time.”

First corona festivals start in Biddinghuizen: 1.500 visitors per edition

Fieldlab would start earlier with several events, but these were postponed due to the curfew and extension of the lockdown. Soon there will also be trial events in the Ziggo Dome and two Dutch football matches (with 1.500 supporters as well).

When the corona festivals will take place and which (hardstyle) artists will perform here, will be announced later. Keep an eye on the channels of Fieldlab Events for more information. Finally some positive news for the events industry: let this end a hopeless situation for many.

Footage taken from Q-dance / Spark


  • Sabrina Starostzik 05 February 2021 - 17:39

    Wo und ab wann kann man Tickets für das test Festival kaufen ?

  • Amanda Meeuwissen 15 February 2021 - 15:21

    Ik wil graag tickets bestellen voor de test festival hoe en waar kan ik die bemachtigen


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