After gaining runner up position in the Bluesmagazine annual chart, Cultuurpodium Boerderij now also receives international recognition. The Zoetermeer pop venue has once again been voted the second best pop venue in Europe by readers of the renowned British PROG/Classic Rock magazine.
‘PROG magazine’ is the leading international music magazine in the field of progressive rock music. Each year, ‘PROG’ asks its readers to cast their vote in various categories, including ‘album of the year’, ‘best band’ and ‘venue of the year’. The famous Royal Albert Hall in London has been shining in first place for years. Cultuurpodium Boerderij has managed a top 10 listing in recent years, but since a few years the Dutch pop stage has secured a solid runner up position. Every year more than 50,000 music fans from home and abroad visit Cultuurpodium Boerderij to enjoy world-famous musicians in an intimate setting.
Manager/program-director Arie Verstegen is proud that they have succeeded in maintaining this outstanding position. “The international recognition is partly due to the many British musicians and visitors who travel to Zoetermeer every year. The number of foreign visitors is still increasing”. Through his personal involvement and extensive network Verstegen succeeds time and time again to bring unique musicians to the Netherlands. In 2017, for example, British guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis) performed two exclusive Dutch concerts at a sold-out Boerderij. A special feature of Cultuurpodium Boerderij is that it is often possible to meet band members in person after the show. This gives an extra dimension to a concert.
The annual festival Progdreams has also ensured that fans of progressive rock find their way to de Boerderij. Progdreams is the leading indoor festival in the field of progressive/symphonic rock. Music fans can enjoy the best of the best of the contemporary international progressive rock scene during the festival. Established names and upcoming bands alternate. The seventh edition of the festival takes place on 2, 3 & 4 March this year and attracts many visitors from across the border. This year’s line-up includes interesting names such as Steve Rothery (Marillion), Tim Bowness Magenta, Lifesigns, Dutch band Golden Caves and many others. Both day passes and passe-partouts are available. For more information: www.cultuurpodiumboerderij.nl.