Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016 takes place on the 16th and 17th of december in the Effenaar, Eindhoven.
In Eindhoven, a city that’s already known for its metal festivals, Eindhoven Metal Meeting will be celebrated for the 8th time. For the people who don’t like the warmth of summer festivals, this makes for an excellent opportunity, because Eindhoven Metal Meeting takes place in the dark winter period. When other people are looking forward to Christmas in this period of time, metalheads can rely on a portion of hard and extreme metal in this Dutch metal city. The Effenaar is situated next to the train station of Eindhoven, resulting in a very easy way to get there with the train and/or bus.
The festival has been a great success for a few years now and has been sold out several times. The audience consists of a wide variety of nationalities so it can come in handy to speak English when you want to socialize. It can be very crowded, but there is a very friendly and cozy atmosphere. Sometimes it can be hard to walk around when you change between the stages, though. There are lots of stairs to get to the other stage, merch, toilets or food stalls. EMM is known for a great organisation and sound. Every year we get an awesome diversity of bands situated in the heavier subgenres of metal. There are bigger bands, but smaller bands get some chances to share the stage with the big guys too. At the entrance you get a time schedule. There are some bands who play at the same time, which is a bummer, but when you don’t want to see every show in its totality, it’s possible to see every band.
In the venue itself you can buy pizza’s, hamburgers and other festival food. For something different you can exit the Effenaar at night, to get something to eat in Eindhoven. In the street of the Effenaar there are lots of bars, fastfood bars and restaurants, so it’s not hard to find something you like.
Dynamo (Five minute walk from Effenaar) will be hosting this year’s official after-party again, which will kick off directly after the first festival day on Friday night. Stormrider will be playing all your favorite metal hits, and entry is free!
There are 2 stages: the Mainstage on the 2nd floor and the District-19 stage on the goundfloor. In the Effenaar there are a lot of small spaces and hallways, which results in several queues, but it’s cozy at the same time.
– At the groundfloor there is the entrance, a hallway with merch stands and lockers and the “Heavy Vethal”, where you can find food like pizza’s and hamburgers. Furthermore there’s the District-19 Stage, a bar and toilets.
– On the 1st floor you can find a cloackroom, smoking area and toilets.
– On the 2nd floor there is the mainstage, 2 big bars and a small bar. You can buy water, beer, coke and energy drink at the small bar. The big bar at the right side of the mainstage has a bigger offer, with some strong drinks.
5611 CK Eindhoven
The Effenaar is situated in the city center of Eindhoven, a few minutes walk from the central train station. There are several parkings in the neighborhood. The safest one is an underground parking garage:
Ten Haagestraat 6a
5611 EG Eindhoven
2-Day Combi (16 & 17 December): 80 euro in presale
1-Day ticket Friday 16 December: 48 euro in presale
(doors open 16:00, first band 16:20)
1-Day ticket Saturday 17 December: 48 euro in presale
(doors open 15:00, first band 15:20)