Enjoy Baroeg while it lasts

Enjoy Baroeg while it lasts

Rotterdam's oldest pop venue, Baroeg, known as the spot venue for (hard) alternative music, is being renovated. Rotterdam City Council, artists and visitors are investing in a stage ready for the future. Diederendirrix, bureau for architecture and urban planning, won the tender. Demolition will start next summer and the new stage is expected to open its doors in autumn 2025. To let the public say goodbye to the current building, Baroeg will provide a very diverse programme during the months of March and April.

On Friday 29 March, a final 80's + More! night with a performance by Toontje Lager, a band returning to Baroeg after almost 40 years. There will also be final editions of Festerfest, Downward Spiral, Submit Fest and Live Hard Or Die fest. In the last weekend of April, you can dance into the late hours on Friday 26 April at Emo Night Mainland and on Saturday 27 April, the free King's Day Festival will take place with seven energetic bands from a range of hard and alternative genres. Finally, on Sunday 28 April, the very last performances in the current premises will take place with the festival Veneration Of The Dead. This is the tenth edition of the festival and is also the longest-running black metal festival in the Netherlands.

Baroeg Open Air

During demolition and construction, Baroeg will programme bands at other venues in the city, including V11, Maassilo, Podium Grounds, Rotown and SoundVille and, of course, the annual festival Baroeg Open Air in Zuiderpark. From May, Baroeg will programme in the other venues under the banner 'Baroeg On Tour'. On 2 May, English dreampop band Cranes will play in Maassilo, Greek stoner band Godsleep will come to SoundVille on 12 May, Italian doom band Ufomammut will play in Grounds on 25 May and Polish death metal band Vader will perform in Maassilo on 2 July. More announcements will follow soon.

New building

Ever since 1981, Baroeg has provided a stage for (hard) alternative music. A stage with national and even international fame. A home for established, innovative and talented musicians. And with its 43rd anniversary this year, Baroeg can also call itself the oldest music venue in Rotterdam. Baroeg has been named Cultural Rotterdam Heritage. But the current building, owned by the municipality of Rotterdam, is badly outdated and in need of renovation. At the time, the building was designed as a youth centre instead of a pop venue. Baroeg can now look forward to a brand new building, equipped with a beautiful concert hall, where both artists and visitors feel welcome. The layout of the new building meets today's requirements: including a larger backstage area for the artists and better office facilities.

The current property to be replaced by Lars Mars

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