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Sun 26 April

MiMa festival

Contemporary electronics, with: Le Révélateur (CA) (Root Strata / NNA) + No Ufo’s (CA) Spectrum Spools / Public Information + Black To Comm (DE) (Dekorder / Type / De Stijl) + Caterina Barbieri (IT) (Important Records) + Black Zone Myth Chant (FR)(High Wolf) + Bulk Eraser (NL) Das Ding + Falafel Biels

Thu 07 May

Black Milk

Influenced by J Dilla, but also by the likes of Pete Rock and The Roots, Black Milk makes head bangers that embody the musical history of Detroit: raw, rough and very soulful at the same time. On top of J Dilla(!), Black Milk worked with Elzhi, Royce da 5’9 and Guilty Simpson and performed some incredible shows with his band Nat Turner. Reasons enough to enjoy his live performance at BIRD on Thursday May 7th.

Sat 25 April

SØVN showcase #1

SØVN presents Cacoph (JP), Bazgrol (UK), Andrea Bruera (IT), Guybrush (EU)

Fri 24 April

Melissa Oliveira & band

“An intoxicating colourful garden with a variety of flowers branching out to samba, blues, world music and original tunes”; that’s how Melissa Oliveira’s debut album is described. She recorded In my garden in Boston with special guest musicians Greg Osby and Jason Palmer. Time to invite this young jazzy singer who studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Inspired by her own roots and by making use of the Portuguese guitar, she will take you to a jazzy place where these flowers grow and flourish.

Fri 24 April



Fri 24 Apr 2015 | 20:00 – 01:30 hrs @ DE PLAYER, Rotterdam | Admission: € 6,-

FAKE Magazine is a newly resurrected Dutch music magazine with strong DIY ethics. Chief editor Wim van den Herik and his minions aim to put a handle on relevant developments in local and international scenes. For the occasion of the release of FAKE’s April edition, DE PLAYER and FAKE co-curate this event as a reflection of FAKE Magazine’s content.

Fri 24 April

Open Mic Night at ROOM

Get out of the basement and on to the stage! It’s time for another Open Mic Night in your favourite Living ROOM!

Fri 01 May

Album release Stephanie Francke

On May 1, Stephanie Francke releases her second album called ‘Ripples’ in the Eduard Flipse hall in de Doelen.

Sat 30 May

Scherzando Trio

The ‘Scherzando Trio’ is a classical trio musicians who are supplemented by a storyteller.

Wed 06 May

Witnessing war

Witnessing war War is terrible, but at the same time daily life continues, more or less. For some groups of people living in Rotterdam war is a real memory, for others it is just something they know from stories.

Tue 30 June

Tarrus Riley and the Black Soil Band + Collie Buddz

More often, Rotown and Motel Mozaique combine forces to get the best (inter)national acts to play a larger stage in Rotterdam. This time, we managed to get two of the bigger stars in contemporary reggae to share the stage of Maassilo. Tarrus Riley and the Black Soil Band will be supported by guests Alaine and Dean Fraser, and Collie Buddz, who worked together with Beyoncé and Joey Bada$$ amongst other, will close this amazing reggae bill.

Fri 24 April


SPRING FEST with LOST HARBOURS from the United Kingdom and REAPPEN, a solo act from New Jersey, we invite you to celebrate SPRING with us @ Koffie5Euro.

Thu 30 April

Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld

This duo made the soundtrack for the movie ‘Blue Caprice’ last yeat, full of dark, ominous sounds. Their album ‘Never Were The Way She Was’ appears on the renowned label Constellation Records. The result is music in which violin and sax go together in a very unorthodox way.

Sat 25 April

Reinier Baas’ Smooth Jazz Apocalypse

Guitarist and composer Reinier Baas is one of the main drivers of a new generation of Dutch jazz musicians

Sun 19 April

John Scofield & Jon Cleary

New Orleans and rhythm ‘n’ blues classics in LantarenVenster!

Sun 19 April

All The King’s Daughters The Unique Boutique Pop-up tour at Tonys Garage Sale

All the king’s daughters is a great band from Haarlem. It is a small band formed around the singer-songwriter twin sisters Nina and Laura Philips. The Folk/Pop duo was able to release their first EP in January, after successfully finishing a crowd funding campaign.

Sun 03 May

Gosto The Breakfast Club

Experience the ultimate Sunday afternoon vibe with The Breakfast Club at BIRD. It’s a home away from home for people who want to finish and start the week in relaxing manner. On Sunday, May 3rd you can start your afternoon with a brunch full of delicious delights. Afterwards, you can enjoy the sounds of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gosto.

Sat 18 April

Tar Hallow Label Night | RADICALS AFTERPARTY

For the afterparty of Radicals #1, we travel from the 20th floor of Hofpoort to an underground basement in Rotterdam-Noord. Our friends from the Tar Hallow-label are taking over our former home, on Teilingerstraat 128, for an nightly program of Techno.

Thu 07 May

De Skaggerz

We at Rotown of course try to get the next big hits to Rotterdam, but we are also no stranger to offering local talents a stage. The funny, yet sometimes critical De Skaggerz will present their new EP at Light Vessel 11 and having them as guests in Rotown a year ago, we have seen what a crazy party this Ska and Reggae band will put up.

Fri 24 April

PopUp 010 #9 (Rotterdam edition) with Sir Ian & Tim Verhaal

PopUp 010 is Rotterdams first and only pop-up pop venue. (Semi) acoustic gigs in unexpected locations such as churches, warehouses and galleries. The location for PopUp 010 #9 will only be announced to ticket-buyers.

Tue 09 June

Gavin James

After Irish singer songwriter revelations Damien Rice, James Vincent McMorrow, Villagers and Hozier, the country seems to deliver another rough diamond with Gavin James. All this star in the rising needs to touch our hearts is his guitar and his voice. Be quick to see him now before his popularity demands him to move from intimate shows to headlining stages at next year’s festivals.